If you’re pregnant with twins, you may feel a little overwhelmed. Not only do you need to purchase all the necessary baby items for your new child, but now you have to try to make sure you have enough for two.
Fortunately, many items on the market are specifically designed to help make this transition easier for you. I’ve created this list of the 7 best baby gear items that’ll help you take care of your little bundles of joy.
Best Baby Gear Items for Twins
1. Baby Trend Retreat Twins Nursery Center
(Best all in one system — $$)
Why it’s great: This nursery center was designed to handle twins. The large playard has plenty of room for two babies to play and features electronic music and a nightlight. It comes with two removable bassinets with carrying handles, a canopy, and toys. It also comes with a large changer, parent organization, and a large removable bassinet. From sleeping to diaper changing to playing, this nursery center covers it all. The whole thing is also on wheels, making it easy to move from room to room in the house. It also folds up and comes with a storage bag for travel.
Keep in mind: The bassinets are only suitable for the first 3-4 months, depending on how much your babies weigh. This works out well, though, as, by that time, they’re ready to sleep in a crib.
Good for: Parents who want a place for their babies to sleep, a changing table, and a play place all in one.
2. My Brest Friend Supportive Nursing Pillow for Twins 0-12 Months
(Best for nursing moms — $)
Why it’s great: If you’re planning to nurse your twins, it’s going to take a little finagling. Fortunately, the My Brest Friend Supportive Nursing Pillow will help you get both babies positioning correctly and comfortably. It attaches around your waist with a clip and is adjustable to fit most women. Unlike other nursing pillows, you won’t have to worry about this one moving or slipping out of place. It’s wide enough to support a baby on each side, making tandem nursing a breeze. It also has a convenient pocket on the side, so you can keep your water bottle or burp cloths close by while you nurse.
Keep in mind: You may still need to prop a pillow under each side to get it to just the right height for your babies to comfortably nurse.
Good for: Moms who plan to breastfeed and need a support pillow that can handle tandem nursing.
3. Baby Trend Sit N Stand Easy Fold Toddler Baby Double Stroller and 2 Infant Comfortable Carry Car Seats Travel System Combo
(Best travel system — $$$)
Why it’s great: This set comes with everything you need to take your twins on the road. It comes with two infant car seats and a double stroller. The car seats come with a cozy cover to keep your babies warm during the colder months and can attach to the stroller. You can also use the regular stroller seats if you want to leave the car seats in the car and once your babies outgrow them. Plus, you can arrange it in various riding positions, so the babies are facing each other, facing forward, or facing backward. You can also remove the back seat to turn this stroller into a sit-and-stand as your children get older. It has a rear parking brake and can fold up easily with just one hand, making it highly convenient.
Keep in mind: This is pretty pricey, but you’d likely be paying even more if you bought two car seats and a double stroller separately.
Good for: Parents who are looking for a travel set that provides them with all the transport gear they need.
Why it’s great: This rocking chair is perfect for any nursery, but especially for twins since it’s one and a half times wider than a standard rocker. There’s plenty of space to hold both babies while you nurse or feed them their bottles. There’s also enough room for two parents with a twin on each lap! It’ll also be perfect for storytime as your children get a little older. The seat is padded, and the upholstery is soft and adds an elegant look to any nursery. The feet are solid wood and provide a smooth rocking motion that’ll soothe your babies off to sleep.
Keep in mind: It doesn’t rock as much as a traditional rocker but still offers a soothing rocking motion.
Good for: Parents who want a relaxing spot to feed and rock their babies to sleep.
Why it’s great: This baby carrier allows you to tandem carry your twins easily. It has a base carrier and an attachment carrier, so you can even divide it into two carriers if both parents are around. It’s so much more convenient than using two single carriers, as you won’t have to deal with the bulkiness that two waistbands and two sets of straps would create. This air model is perfect all year round, as it has a mesh panel that allows ventilation in the hot months and a zip-up cotton panel to cover it for colder weather. Both carriers are adjustable, giving your children the perfect fit. If you need to be hands-free, this carrier is a real lifesaver.
Keep in mind: The air version only has a small pocket on the waistband for your phone or wallet. You can choose the original version with multiple larger pockets if you need more storage.
Good for: Parents on the go that need a hands-free option for taking their twins with them.
On An Important Side Note… Asher and I (pictured) feel it’s necessary to highlight the value of life insurance for parents with young kids. After extensive research, we discovered that parents can get insured for as little as $10 per month. We use Ladder Life who offers coverage up to $3M per parent (without a medical exam, just a few health questions) and you can apply 100% online.
6. JuJuBe | BFF Convertible Diaper Backpack/Messenger Bag
(Best organizer — $)
Why it’s great: Whether you’re running errands or going to visit family or friends, you’ll need to carry a lot of supplies with you. This diaper bag offers more than enough room to bring everything you’ll need for both babies, plus carry your own gear. With lots of separated pockets, you’ll even be able to keep it all perfectly organized! It has insulated pockets for bottles or food, a mommy pocket for your gear, a microfiber-lined cellphone pocket, and multiple inner pockets. It even comes with a changing pad in its own storage pocket. It has a carry handle, a long shoulder strap, or backpack straps, making it very versatile. It’s also machine washable for added convenience.
Keep in mind: This is pretty pricey for a diaper bag, but when you have twins, you need all the extra space and organization that it provides.
Good for: A gender-neutral diaper bag that either parent can wear to tote their babies’ supplies.
7. Baby Monitor, Babysense 4.3″ Split Screen, Video Baby Monitor with Two Cameras
(Most comforting — $)
Why it’s great: This baby monitor comes with two cameras and offers a split-screen view, so you can watch both babies at once. Whether it’s bedtime or naptime, keeping your twins in separate locations means that you won’t have to worry about them waking each other. This monitor allows you to keep an eye on both, offering peace of mind. It has two-way talk, so you can sing or speak to your child without having to go to their room. It has night vision, a temperature monitor, remote pan and tilt, and 2x zoom, allowing you to see details in your babies’ rooms day and night. Babysense also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Keep in mind: You can choose to have the monitor on split-screen, but you’ll still only hear audio from one room at a time. You can also choose to have it switch back and forth between the two cameras every 10 seconds.
Good for: Parents who need a baby monitor that they can use for both babies.
1. When should I start buying baby gear for twins?
Twins are often born prematurely, so you’ll want to make sure you have everything ready to go long before your actual due date. You can definitely wait until you find out their genders, but you’ll want to start at least collecting items around 13-20 weeks to make sure you’re prepared in time.
2. Do I have to buy double of everything for twins?
No, you don’t have to buy double the stuff just because you’re having twins. There are plenty of items that are made for twins, so you don’t have to buy two. For example, you can get a double stroller, a playard designed for twins, a tandem carrier, a double bassinet, and so much more. Also, your babies can share some items. For example, likely, you won’t be able to give both babies a bath simultaneously, so only one baby bath is necessary. Think about when and how you’ll be using items and look for gear designed for twins.
3. What baby gear do I absolutely need to buy in duplicate for my twins?
There are a few items that you will need to make sure you get for each baby. The most important is their own bassinet or crib. You can certainly buy one that’s designed for twins, as long as it separates the two. AAP safety guidelines recommend that babies have their own sleeping space. This obviously means that as they get older, you’ll need two separate cribs as well. You’ll also need to buy two car seats if you want to go anywhere with both children. Other than that, you will want to put your babies down at some point, so there are items such as a bouncer, swing, and exersaucer that you may want two of, but you can always try just one and purchase an extra later if you find you need it. You can always put one in the bouncer and one in the swing and alternate.
4. What should I look for in baby gear for twins?
The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you’ll likely need to buy newborn items for preemies. Since twins are often born premature, you’ll need to ensure that you have the right gear for their sizes. It’s smart to look for items with lower weight limits. For example, you’ll want an infant car seat with the lowest weight limit, which you’ll find is about 4 pounds. Some don’t go down this low, so make sure you choose one that does, just in case.
5. What safety concerns should I be aware of when it comes to baby gear for twins?
Make sure that you’re always reading the manuals for all your baby gear. These will tell you what is safe for your children. Items like carriers, strollers, and nursing stations all have upper weight limits. With one child, you might be able to use these for a lot longer. With twins, you’ll need to make sure that you’re not exceeding that limit if you’re using it for both at the same time. No matter what baby gear you’re using, you’ll always want to supervise your child to make sure they’re safe.
The items on this list are all the big-ticket items that you’ll need if you’re having twins. Each one was designed to help you deal with double bundles of joy. Make sure to purchase all the essentials first. Then you can splurge on some of the extras if you feel like they’d make your life easier. And, of course, you’ll still need all the basic items, such as diapers, wipes, clothes, etc., to take care of your babies.