If you have just found out that you are going to be the proud parents of multiples, you are probably wondering what items you need. What I have learned is that parents of multiples often need different items than parents of just one child need. There are some things that are just necessities for parents of multiples.
If you are parent of a multiple, the first item you will need on your list is the play mat with toys. What is really nice about these play mats is that they are big enough for two. You can easily fit both of your babies on these play mats and it will keep them occupied for a while. This is a must have for parents of multiples. During those first few months when you are trying to get used to your new schedule and being the parent of multiple children, this will make your life easier. Next on the list is a twin feeding pillow. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding your babies, this pillow will definitely come in handy when it is time for feedings. This pillow is comfortable for both mom and the babies. It helps to make feeding time a lot more enjoyable.
Next you will need a diaper storage bin on each floor of your house. A small bin filled with diapers and wipes is a necessity when you have twins. This way if one needs a new diaper you will not need to walk up the stairs or back to the nursery in order change one baby. If you keep a diaper bin stored in your living room out of site and one in the nursery you will find it easier to change a diaper on the spot. It will help to make your life a lot more manageable.
The next item on the list is a portable playpen. This item is a must have to keep in the main room of your home. This is especially important when they are starting to reach and grab for items. You will find that having them in one area is safer for them and helps to make moms job a lot easier. Of course you will need a double stroller. You will need to determine which stroller is best for you and your babies. This is a must have so that mom is able to run all of her errands on a daily basis.
Last but not least you will need to add some help to your list. The one thing that many parents of multiples forget about, prior to having the baby is help. When you are first adjusting to your babies, you will need someone to help you with doctors visits and just running everyday errands. If you can arrange for some help before the babies come you will find your life to be much easier once they arrive.
Of course don’t forget to add all of the other essentials like bottles, bibs, and clothing to your list. Take the time to think about what you really need before your babies arrive. This way you will have less to worry about once they are home.