Confession: as a first-time mom registering for baby stuff, I was completely clueless. I had no idea what many of the items even were, let alone which ones would be necessary for everyday life with two babies. But after lurking around a bunch of message boards, obsessively reading Amazon and BuyBuyBaby reviews, and getting by with a little help from some mommy friends, I managed to cobble together a pretty awesome registry.
Now that I've been in the thick of it for four months, I thought I'd share my favorite finds so far. (No sponsored or biased posts here...just a roundup of things that have been extra-helpful on this trail with two.)
The Twin-Z Pillow: I saw this on "Shark Tank" back when I was still going through infertility and mentally filed it away for the future. (Throughout our journey, I was always hopeful we'd have twins if and when I ever got pregnant!) Now that I'm lucky enough to actually need it, I'm happy to say that it doesn't disappoint. The best thing about the pillow is its versatility -- it can be used for tandem bottlefeeding, breastfeeding, tummy time and as a sitting prop. My husband and I use it mostly for tandem bottlefeeding, and it's been great!
A few notes: this thing is big. It probably won't fit on a rocking chair or glider—we repurposed an old loveseat which has the perfect amount of space for the Twin-Z. Also, maybe I just haven't mastered the art of it yet, but I find it hard to tandem nurse with this pillow. It doesn't seem to be high enough and I find myself leaning over way too much, which hurts my back. But as someone who almost exclusively pumps (and supplements with formula), this pillow is absolutely perfect for our purposes.
Baby Diego Bathinette: The cheeky name is just one of the many things to love about this bath/changing table. Our apartment doesn't really have anywhere to perch a small baby bathtub (our kitchen sink is really old and gets dirty easily, and our kitchen table is just a small round dinette). I knew that I wouldn't want to have bend over during my C-section recovery, so I set out looking for something raised. I found it in the Bathinette! Not only does it sit at waist level, but it also has a caddy where you can put washcloths, soap and other items. The only caveat? Don't bother using the hose to drain the tub—or your bathroom will be a watery, slippery mess like ours was the first time we tried it. Just dump the water afterwards...it's easy-peasy.
We're still in the phase where my husband and I bathe Piglet and Rockstar one at a time (one of us holds the baby, while the other lathers him/her up), but I'm pretty sure they would both fit in there if we were able to wrangle them one-on-one.
Fisher Price Rock-n-Play: When I was going through my research phase, this item got a lot of mileage on the ol' Google engine. All my mom friends said they swore by it, but I was a bit gunshy, thanks to lots of posts about its inclined sleeping position and the resulting SIDS risk (not to mention a tendency to cause flat head). My husband and I decided we would use it, but only for supervised, short naps—not for overnight sleeping. So far, that strategy has worked great, and Piglet loves to get her daytime Z's in this cozy napping nest. (Truth be told, I did break down and use it one night right after Rockstar came home from the NICU...he was crying non-stop in the middle of the night, and I thought maybe sleeping upright would help his reflux.
Baby Jogger City Select: Despite a hard sell on the UppaBaby Vista, I knew I couldn't bring myself to spend upwards of $1,000 on a stroller. Instead, I decided to go for this double stroller, which is about half the price, and as far as I can tell, just as amazing. One of my favorite selling points is that it has a ton of under-seat storage, which is great for toting around your diaper bag and other on-the-go items. It also works well with our Britax B-Safe carseats, though we did have to buy an adapter for the right fit.
Supposedly, this stroller has 16 different configurations, but so far, I've only used one of them (with both infant carseats facing me). Joe and I endlessly debated whether to get an inline stroller or a side-by-side, and I'm so glad we ultimately decided on an inline stroller. It feels much more compact and manageable, and it's easy to maneuver. Two thumbs up!
Keekaroo Peanut Changer: Who knew you could get so excited about a changing pad? I love this item because you can just wipe it down rather than having to deal with washing a changing pad cover over and over again. (Projectile pee? No problem.) Yes, it's on the pricy side, but over time, it cuts down on laundry and saves time—both big selling points as a twin mom.
Summer Infant SwaddlePods: One of the "benefits" of having our twins in the NICU was learning lots of parenting skills from the nurses, such as swaddling. But once we got the twinnies home, we found that they'd Houdini their way out of the blankets no matter how expertly we swaddled them. Enter the SwaddlePod, which is basically an idiot-proof swaddle for newborns. You basically just zip it up, and voila! Cozy cuties ready for bed.
What would you add to the list? Would love to hear your must-haves!