It can be a daunting task to create a baby registry as a first time mom – especially when you are expecting twins. I spent the past two months thinking and writing every single product down that we used for our twins, so I hope this helps you!
I highly recommend registering on Amazon which is where I have linked all the products (when available). Amazon lets you create a universal registry (meaning you can register for items from other sites like Pottery Barn or Etsy directly from your Amazon registry). It’s also very easy for others when shopping for you as most everyone has an Amazon Prime account these days which means they won’t pay shipping. Amazon also gives a 15% registry completion discount for items you didn’t receive if you are prime member. I set up my main registry through Amazon and then a smaller one through Target for those who like to buy items in person. It worked great! Just be sure to keep all your receipts incase you receive doubles or find things you don’t end up using. Amazon makes it very easy to return items.
When creating a registry, it’s easy to think of all the things you will need when they are infants, but those days go by SO fast (even though it can seem sooooo slow in those long sleep deprived nights). I recommend registering for everything you’ll need for the first year which is what I have done with this list!
I know there is a lot on here, and you’ll quickly realize that you can go broke pretty fast having twins (all the food, the formula, the diapers, the wipes… there are lots of things babies NEED that you can’t go without!). My next post in the series is all about how NOT to go broke having twins and will include all the ways I have saved LOADS of money over the past year with my babies!
Bandana Bibs – Boy, girl, and neutral prints available. You will need TONS of these if you bottle feed and also for when they are older and start drooling. I recommend avoiding any bibs that use velcro as they tend to rub their necks and they also ruin outfits in the wash as the velcro sticks to clothing! I love the bandana bibs best because they catch more spit up since they bunch up around the neck. Plus, they are so cute, they are basically a fashion accessory. ;) There are lots of Etsy shops that offer cute prints as well; however, you will get a lot more for your money from Amazon!
Burpcloths – The cute, printed burp cloths are great, but we never used them. These worked the best, were big, and absorbed the most. Maybe register for a few cutes ones for when you are out and about, but stock up on these – TONS of these. We went through probably 8 a day – probably more than that in the early days!
My Breast Friend – Since I was only able to breast feed for about a month and was only able to tandem nurse once in the NICU, I never used this. However, if you are able to tandem breastfeed, I recommend trying this out as I have lots of fellow twin moms who loved it!
Twin Z – Whether you will be breastfeeding or bottle feeding, this thing is a MUST. It’s great for breastfeeding them together, but it’s also how I bottlefed my twins at the same time (after they outgrew the preemie/choking stage). I would sit up against the headboard on my bed during the night or against the couch during the day, and pulled it on to my lap with the babies on it. It allowed me to safely feed them both at the same time and not kill my back. They also both slept in it together during the day when they were little. I LOVED this thing so much and was so sad when they outgrew it.
Boppy (2) – Once my twins grew out of the Twin Z, I started to bottle-feed them with these, and it worked so well (I still bottle-feed them this way at one year old). They are also perfect supports for when they are trying to start sitting on their own and make great pillows when you are laying around the playroom while they play. ;)
Bottles – If your twins are in the NICU, it’s very likely the nurses will recommend you use Dr. Brown Bottles. This is what they will be using in the hospital, so it’s easy to just stick with them once the babies come home since they have learned on them. They are great bottles for preventing air from getting in your babies’ tummies; however, they are a PAIN to clean due to all the parts. We bought a bunch of them and used them until the babies got past the whole gas/tummy trouble phase when they are so sensitive to air in their milk. We then went through countless amounts of bottles brands to find ones my boy would accept. That being said, I highly recommend not buying or registering for bottles until the babies arrive … and even then, buy just one bottle at a time until you see if they accept it or not since all the nipples are different.
Baby Brezza – If your babies will be on formula, this would be so convenient as it mixes and warms the water to exactly where you need it. We didn’t have, but I have lots of twin moms who used it and loved it. Trust me, anything that can save you time during your middle of the night feedings is worth its weight in gold!
Formula Holder for Travel (2) – These work great to stick in your diaper bag when you’re on the go.
Multiple Sets of Pumping Parts (If Breastfeeding) – I learned this one quickly! The last thing you want to have to do in the middle of the night is wash pump parts! If you plan to breastfeed and your littles are in the NICU, you will be pumping a lot during the night at home and in the hospital at the NICU. I had 5 sets and washed everything once in the morning and once at night.
Bibs for Purees and Finger Foods – These are great as they catch all the food little ones drop! You only need two since they wash off in the sink and can be used again the next go-round!
High Chairs – We have loved these. They are 4 in 1, so they will adapt as our littles ones get older – all the way up to booster seats. I love that they are on wheels, so I can move them around easy if I need to relocate my babies to watch me do dishes or other chores. They have the five point harness which my twins needed for much longer than normal due to being preemies and being a bit behind in their core strength. It is also great they they can lean all the way back incase you need to feed a bottle in them.
Travel High Chairs – These are awesome and the price can’t be beat. $20 from Ikea! They stack on top of each other, easy to clean, minimalistic (my favorite!), and they break down easily for travel. We take these with us when we are going over to someone’s house who doesn’t have high chairs. I know lots of mamas who ONLY use these in their homes and love them. I would have done this as well; however, as mentioned above, my babies needed the support of the bigger high chairs their first year.
BEABA BabyCook – This has been one of our favorite baby products. It allows you to steam and puree the food all in one contraption. Takes up very little space on your counter and most everything was made to be able to do with one hand incase you have to hold a baby in the other. :) My twins are now one, and we still use this to steam and mix some of their foods!
Baby Food Containers – When my twins were at the age of eating all purees, I would make food in bulk and freeze in these individual containers. I still use them now for traveling and to store their leftover food.
A Dog – Seriously. If you don’t have one, get one now before the babies come so you can get them house trained. Our floors would be a permanent mess without one. Once your little ones start eating solids, there will be food EVERYWHERE. I just let my dog hang out below them and clean the floor for me! :)
Two Cribs – Once my twins moved out of our bedroom, they started sleeping in separate cribs in separate rooms. I know plenty of twin mamas who have their little ones share a room successfully (and that was my plan and even the way I set up their nursery when I was pregnant!), but I quickly learned that there was no way that would work for my babies. Having them in the same room made it near impossible for me to sleep train them as they had very opposite sleep personalities. Also, since I have boy-girl twins, they would eventually need separate rooms anyway. That being said, having your twins sleep in the same crib drastically increases the risk of SIDS, so be sure to do some research before going this route!
Crib Sheets – I would register for 3 sheets per baby because, when the time comes that they get a stomach virus, you will be changing sheets like crazy with not much time to wash them! (Talking from experience, y’all!) This also goes for snotty noses that drain on their sheets!
“Love To Dream” Swaddles – There are so many different types of swaddles out there, and every baby will have their preference. However, these were the BEST sleep related purchase I made for my twins. They are different than the standard swaddle as they allow the baby to sleep in their natural sleep position (hips open, arms above head), yet they still keep them contained so their startle reflex doesn’t wake them. So many babies wiggle out of their swaddles in order to get their arms over their heads because that is where they are most comfortable. The very first night we tried these, my babies slept DRASTICALLY better. We used these for a very long time. The arms can zip off of the larger sizes which allows you to slowly transition them from being “swaddled” one arm at a time. I can’t promise you more sleep from these as every baby is different, but they worked wonders for us!
White Noise Machine (2) – This is a must! I love this one specifically as it’s loud and allows you to plug it in the wall or use batteries if you are on the go. My babies rooms are right next to each other, so these drown out the other ones blabbering, crying, or any noise we make on the other side of the house.
Black Out Curtains – Babies typically sleep better when it’s dark, so black out curtains make nap time easier and also help them sleep in a bit once the sun starts rising far earlier than you want them to wake up. :) When looking for curtains, check out the percent of light they block. Some curtains will say “black out” but only prevent about 50% of the light getting through! The higher the number, the better (I use 90%).
Infant Optics DVR-8 Monitor – There are so many monitors out there, but these are the ones we use and love. A lot of monitors now use your phone; however, I specifically didn’t want this option because what if I was in another app or if I was on a phone call? At the time I was looking, there was also a much higher risk for the creepers to hack in to your devices to watch your babies. YIKES. The Infant Optics DXR-8 lets you connect up to four cameras, and you can set it so that it switches between the cameras every 10 seconds. PERFECT for twins! That way you only have ONE monitor screen to carry around. It also gives you the ability to talk to them through the camera and shows the room temperature which has been a great tool for us to know if we need to alter the heat or air. Lastly, the customer service was wonderful the one time I needed them!
Swing OR Mamaroo – My girl loved her swing while my boy hated it. I recommend only registering for one until you see what they like (or keep the receipt if you get two). Some babies love them, some don’t. Some love the swing and some love the mamaroo. I personally tried not to use our swing much anyway due to not wanting to create any sleep associations later on preventing them from being able to sleep well in their own cribs.
Rock and Play – I have a love/hate relationship with these. They are AMAZING and your baby will most likely sleep so well in them since they are so snuggly and also at an incline (great for reflux that’s so common in preemies). They are also handy because they are portable; you can pick them up and move them to another room or even scoot them across the floor with your littles ones asleep in them. However, if you let your baby sleep in a Rock and Play for long periods of time (like all night long), then they are at a very high risk of developing torticollis and/or flat heads. If you decide to get these, be sure to use them sparingly and not for their night-time sleep. My boy started developing torticollis, and they became so dependent on them for sleeping. Once I realized this I sold them immediately so that I couldn’t use them as a crutch any more. It forced me to sleep train them to get them use to sleeping on a flat surface and eventually their cribs. Learn from my mistakes, don’t use them for night time sleep!
Sit Me Up Chair (2) – Personally, I would register for these over bumbos as these are more comfortable and allow your babies to sit in a more natural position. They offer so much support that your little ones can start using them very early (much earlier than when they can actually sit on their own). My twins loved being in theirs and playing with the attached toys. They also fold flat which makes them easy to travel with.
Blankets – We used crib-sized blankets for them to play on before they started rolling everywhere. We’d have to change them out a lot due to spit up, so you’ll want quite a few. Once they started rolling more, we used large quits we had around the house.
Bouncer Chair (2) – My twins loved being in these and spent quite a bit of time in them bouncing themselves and playing with the toys. There are lots of versions out there, but they are all basically the same thing with different prints.
Jumperoo – We only had one of these as they take up so much space. My girl loved it; my boy wasn’t impressed. I don’t think this is a must-have (I picked one up for $3 at a garage sell so that’s the only reason I even had one). They are pretty short-lived but are nice to have it they are bored and mama needs a little break. ;) They also make the ones that go in the door frame which don’t take up any space; however, I just never used them as I don’t think I even had time to get it out of the box (sad but true).
Teething Toys – Every baby has their preference, so I would get a wide selection. I have found that my babies have preferred different teething objects depending on which teeth they are getting in; however, the ones I linked have been their all time favorites from little babies all the way up until now.
Activity Mat – My twins spent a lot of time on these and absolutely loved them. There are so many different kinds out there at various price points, but, like the bouncer chairs, they are all basically the same thing with different prints.
Plastic Links – These allow you to attach toys to anything and everything (strollers, carseats, chairs, etc.) which is great when they are learning to grasp for objects.
Mirror – My twins loved this one for tummy time. They still love to play with it and talk to themselves in the mirror. :)
Crinkle Blocks – These are great for all ages!
High Chair Suction Toy – Toys to put on their high chairs that they can’t knock off will give you a little time to get things done around the kitchen after they finish eating!
Bright Beats Smart Touch – My twins have just started to use this on their knees and love dancing to it and making it light up. It has good music, so it’s not too annoying to us mamas who hear it over and over …. and over again. ;)
Musical Table – This has been a favorite in our house for quite some time! It’s great to use when they are learning to pull up on things; however, the legs also come off to allow it to sit flat on the ground before they can pull up. Toys that grow with my little ones are my favorite as they last much longer!
Ball Pit – My mom randomly picked one of these up at CVS when my twins were sick, and it has been the best toy EVER. My twins are quite obsessed with this toy and have spent the past month chasing each other, playing peek a boo, and just going crazy in it. BIG HIT around here! So much belly laughter in our house because of this. – Thanks, mom! ;)
Tunnel – Huge hit for my twins! Also helps teach them spatial awareness and depth perception!
Push Toy – Great for when they start learning to walk and also can be removed from the base and lay on the floor for pre-walkers to play with.
Stacking Cups – Little ones of all ages love stacking cups – so do dads. :)
Bathtub – I used this on my bathroom floor when they were very little. I only bathed one at a time up until they could fully sit on their own in bath seats.
Bath Lounger – I used this once they were too big for the tub above. I put it in the bathtub and bathed one at a time. I really liked this one, and it worked well for us until they were no longer happy lying back. I then purchased “Safety First” bath seats that attach to our bathtub which is what I use now. Unfortunately they no longer sell them, so I had to find them through a Facebook buy/sell group. If you can find them, they are awesome! This is what I currently use and bathe them together. They love it! (I believe these were actually recalled due to drowning hazard; however, you should never leave your little ones alone in the bathtub, even in bath seats, so the recall doesn’t worry me at all).
Bath Toys – My twins love basically anything I put in the water with them.
Faucet Cover – To protect their heads from hitting it when they are older.
Bath Toy Holder – Something to put up the toys when bath time is over to let them dry out.
Bath Kneeler – They make ones that go over the side of the tub to hold the shampoo and everything. However, I had the main one that sells on Amazon and ended up cutting off the part that goes over the tub because it always smelled like mildew! It would trap the water and no matter how many times I washed it, the smell wouldn’t go away (and I don’t want to have to spend time washing it anyway!). I recommend the one in this link instead.
Baby Hooded Towels and Washcloths – I really like this brand because they are a lot thicker than the ones I have seen in stores which makes a big difference when my little ones are cold after their bath.
Shampoo Rinser – This works great for rinsing the soap out of their hair. It is soft so if you bonk them in the head with it, they don’t even notice.
Nail File – Not necessarily for bathing, but you’ll need one of these! In the early days, I just bit my twins’ nails; however, once they got a little older, I really liked using this file. I never used clippers as even the baby ones seemed to risky to clip their skin. This file gently removes their long nails in just a few back and forth motions! Just check out the reviews, there’s a reason it has 5 stars!
Double Snap and Go – There are a lot of twin stroller options out there, but the three listed here are what I have used and loved. I used this Double Snap and Go while my twins were still in their infant carriers. It’s not the easiest to steer, but it got the job done. I didn’t want to invest in an expensive one since you don’t use them for very long (especially in my case since my babies grew out of their infant carriers much sooner than most due to their height).
Baby Jogger Stroller – So easy to steer, even with one hand, so this is the one I take grocery shopping as I can push it with one hand and pull a grocery cart behind me. I use it for walks and for times they need to be in a stroller for an extended period of time.
Umbrella stroller – I use this one for quick errands as it’s much smaller and easier to fit through doors and small aisles.
Double pram – This is definitely not a “must have” item since it is used for such a short period of time. However, if you can find one for very cheap (or better yet – free!) then I recommend it. I am part of a Twin Moms club in my area, and they have one that is passed around to the mamas which is what I used. It’s easy to get stuck in the house for days (…err… weeks) at a time with twins as it can be difficult to go places and manage their feedings (especially if your husband is at work and it’s just you!). I NEEDED to go on walks every day for my sanity, and this allowed me to do so as the twins could lay down next to each other wrapped up cozy in blankets. They slept the whole time and mama got the fresh air she needed! ;)
Infant Carseats – I did a lot of research and ended up getting these and was very happy with them. Since it is common for twins to be born very small, you will want to make sure to get one that is compatible for preemies as well. This one starts at 4 pounds which was perfect for our four pound babies!
Convertible Carseats – This one is a 4-in-1 seat which is why it is a little pricer than most. It allows for use up to 120 pounds, so after the infant seat, it’s the only one you’ll ever need again.
Car Mirrors – You’ll want to be able to keep an eye on your little ones in the car, and we’ve loved these.
Carseat Covers – It’s so important to keep your twins covered when you go out in public, especially during cold/flu season. These completely surround the carseat so no one can touch or breathe on them. You can find these by so many brands; however, I love the quality of the Milk Snob ones linked here. They also can be used for high chair and nursing covers which is great.
Everyday Diaper Bag – I love this Jujube diaper bag so very much! I carry this one when I’m out and about for the day and can fit everything I need for both babies (two bottles, tons of diapers, etc). I tried out a few bags, and this one finally made its home with me! It is easy to clean, has lots of pockets, a whole section just for mom, and it includes backpack straps as well which is very convenient.
Large Diaper Bag – I use this Pottery Barn Diaper Bag when I’m going over to someone’s house (like grandparents) for the day as it it large enough to carry a full day’s worth of diapers, bottles, back up outfits, sleep suits, lovies, food, etc.
Travel Cribs – Put these on your registry RIGHT NOW. These have been amazing for us to use on the go! They are SO light and portable (easy to take on a plane or in the car) and my babies sleep so well in them. They are much easier to travel with than pack-n-plays and more comfortable for little ones. They are for up to age 3.
Travel playard – I never used pack-n-plays as they are just so heavy and bulky (especially the ones made for twins since they are so large). We love this travel playard as it’s light and the easiest thing ever to set up! Perfect for going over to someone’s house where it’s not “baby proofed” and also to take outdoors.
FOR THE SICK DAYS
Thermometer – You’ll want a normal thermometer to use rectally as it is typically the most accurate and is better to use if they are wide awake and wiggling. I also have the one that is linked here and absolutely love it. When they are sick, it is so convenient to be able to check their temperature in the middle of the night without waking them as you don’t even have to touch them with the thermometer. I tested this one against their rectal temp, and it is very accurate.
Cool Mist (2) – You’ll need this during the sick days, and, if you plan to have them in separate rooms, you’ll need two (because they will always be sick at the same time of course). It’s important to use COOL mist and not the hot/warm humidifies in baby/toddler rooms.
Nose Frida – The best nose aspirator out there, hands down. I know non-moms will gawk at this, but trust me, it’s not gross and it works so well! It’s a must when your littles are so congested and can’t breathe!
Saline Spray – I use this in conjunction with the Nose Frieda – works like a charm!
Owlet (2)- If I could only suggest ONE thing to register for, this would be it. I know they are expensive, especially when you need two, but they are worth every penny – especially if you bring home preemies. Worrying about SIDS keeps many mamas up at night, and for moms of preemies (which is common with twins), it’s even more worrisome. The Owlet monitors their heart rate and oxygen levels and will set off a (very loud) alarm if they dip below a certain threshold. You can also monitor their levels directly from your phone. The customer service is out of this world, and I truly believe it saved my baby girls life when she first came home from the NICU. Her little body forgot to breathe since she was so very small, and the alarm sounded, allowing me to startle her to get her breathing again.
Window Foam – If you have windows that go almost to the ground like we do, you will definitely be needing these! The window ledge can be very dangerous to little crawlers and climbers as they can easily fall and bust their head or jaw or hit the corner of the ledge with their head or eye. After some quick research, these came up and have been wonderful! They stay on and are so thick that my twins don’t even notice when they fall and hit it.
Electrical Socket Covers – They now make self closing outlet covers so that you don’t have to worry about unplugging these every time you need to use an outlet; however, this is definitely the cheapest route. It can be helpful to replace the outlets with the self closing covers for the areas of your house that you are often using the outlets (for example, to vacuum, plug in a phone charger, etc.) and use the plug covers for the areas you don’t plug and unplug things often (like playrooms and nurserys).
Baby Proof Cabinet Locks – You may want to hold off on these if you plan to move as there are various types of baby proofing mechanisms depending on the type of cabinets you have.
Gate – If you don’t have a designated area you will be keeping your twins once they start rolling around and then crawling, you’ll want a baby gate to keep them contained and safe. We have a playroom where our twins always are and use one of these gates at the entryway to the room so I can still hear and peek on them easily.
Spotbot Handsfree Carpet Cleaner – Between bottle spills, spit up, and throw up, a carpet shampoer is a MUST around our house! This one allows you to just set it down and walk away while it does all the work for you.
Baby Safe Laundry Detergent – We go through an insane amount of laundry detergent. This was especially true during the first few months due to all the outfit changes each day with spit up and spills. Choose a safe detergent by checking out THIS site which gives a safety rating on each one. Newborn skin is very sensitive, so you want to makes sure you choose one free of so many of the harmful chemicals often found in detergents. BEWARE that just because something is marketed towards newborns, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. For example, the most popular baby detergent, Dreft, actually receives an “F” rating due to some of the chemicals it contains. I highly recommend checking out the website when buying any baby products to see what’s really in it and the risks they come with.
Grandma’s Stain Remover – This is the best stain remover I have ever used. There has yet to be a stain my little ones have created that this hasn’t removed – including spit up and purred green veggie stains! I do my best to keep all of their clothes in great condition, and this is the best tool I use!
Diapers and Wipes – You’re going to need a lot … like, a lot-lot! My favorite brand is Target brand for both diapers and wipes. They are a lot less expensive than the bigger names and, in my opinion, do just as good of a job as the others. My boy is a very heavy wetter at night, and we’ve never had any leaks with Target’s overnight diapers. Be sure to pay attention to their sells on diapers/wipes, and load up when they do their specials!
Diaper Cream – When my twins get diaper rash, we use the tried and true Destin to get rid of it. However, on a daily basis, we have always used this cream as it’s all natural and petroleum-free which is important to me since it’s something that is going on them multiple times a day, every single day. I also use it on their chapped lips, cheeks, and anywhere else they get dry skin. It’s been wonderful!
Changing Table/Changing Pad – Just a cheap one to go in your room while they are still sleeping in your bedroom. I didn’t use changing tables much after they moved out of our room (explained more below under “Things I Didn’t Use”).
Changing Pad Covers (3) – You will go through these a lot, especially if you have a boy as they pee on everything.
Clothes – In the early days, stick with only things that ZIP. This is CRUCIAL. Just trust me on this one. Skip all the buttons. They may be cute, but they aren’t worth it. When you have two screaming babies to change in the middle of the night, you want it to go as fast as possible. You will also change their outfits so many times a day due to spitting up, you want it to be easy. Just remember: Zippers > Buttons. :)
Glider – I have a rocker and a glider and I much prefer the glider. Yes, the rocker is cuter and looks so pretty in my daughter’s room, but the glider in my boy’s room is SO much more comfortable. The footrest rocks with you but can also be locked which makes it easier when breastfeeding. This one is very expensive, and I only have it as it was a VERY generous gift. If you can get this one, great, but if not, there are other ones that are similar that are less expensive.
Mom’s One Line A Day – Having time to keep a full journal with twin babies is … well, laughable. :) This one has a space for just one line a day for five years. Each page is five years of the same date, so you can look back on what you can easily look back on what you wrote the previous year. It’s been fun to write little things my twins learn or do that day and look forward to writing the silly things they say as they get older.
THINGS I DIDN’T USE
Changing Tables – I have dressers with these changing table toppers on top in each of my twins’ nursery, but we rarely used them as I always need to change them in the same room. I change them on the floor 100% of the time. I only used them when they were still waking at night – but at that age, I could have changed them on the floor. I guess I’m glad I had them for the short period of time we used them as it was easier on my back, but I would say get cheaper ones or even skip it if you don’t think you’ll use it.
Table For Two – This one is marketed just for twins; however, I will say that I had it and didn’t like it at all. It was SO uncomfortable for me to use, and I tried desperately to make it work. It killed my back. If they could find a way to make it hollow on the bottom so you could put your legs underneath it, it would be LIFE CHANGING for twin moms. I tried so hard to love it and used it for a solid 3 days before selling it.