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Your Baby Registry Guide for Twins and Triplets

If you’re expecting twins or multiples, you’re likely wondering what baby gear you need (and what you can skip). This comprehensive guide will walk you through all your baby registry must-haves.
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June 16, 2022
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As an expectant parent of twins or multiples, be prepared to stock your house with twice as much baby gear as your fellow parent friends. You’ll likely also opt for a double stroller, but don’t worry—soon you’ll be maneuvering over sidewalk bumps and through narrow doorways like a pro. In fact, you’ll quickly become an Olympic-worthy multitasker: Feeding two babies at once? Check. Cooing at one baby while rocking the other? Check. Making homemade baby food while ordering diapers online? Check. As a parent to twins or multiples, you’ll soon discover you can handle more than you ever imagined (and on less sleep than you ever imagined). So, it makes sense to expect the same hard-working features in the baby products on your registry—items that do double duty and can handle all the cute chaos that comes with multiples. Keep reading to check out the must-haves for your twin (or multiples) baby registry (and what items you can skip).

Baby Registry Must-Haves for Multiples

Double the basics

Plan duplicates of your checklist, specifically bottles, pacifiers and even nasal aspirators, like the NoseFrida. Consider choosing different brands or colors for each child’s bottle so there’s never any confusion over whose is whose. This can be especially helpful if one baby needs a special formula or milk, or if you’re trying to keep track of how much they’re taking in. The same advice goes for pacifiers and snot-suckers. Color code them, label them or buy different brands—the goal is to minimize germ-sharing between babies. This is especially critical when one baby gets a cold and you’re trying desperately to keep the other one healthy!

A double stroller and a single stroller

There’s no getting around the fact that you need an everyday workhorse double stroller that can carry two kids from babyhood through the preschool years. But you’re also going to want a single, umbrella stroller for those times when you take just one baby to the pediatrician or for a stroll around the block (and get to leave the monster two-seater behind). (Note that the usual minimum age for umbrella strollers is 6 months. Until then, it’s often easier to take baby out in a baby carrier or use a Snap-N-Go stroller, which offers a rolling frame for car seats.)

Two bouncers

There are some items you can manage having only one of, but a bouncer definitely isn’t one of them. As a parent of multiples, you won’t have enough arms—or energy—to soothe and entertain all your babies at once. It’s essential to have several safe, happy spots for the kids while you empty the dishwasher or fold the laundry. (Just make sure you never leave baby unattended or let them snooze in the bouncer, as they aren’t recommended for infant sleep.)

Sound machine

A white noise machine is a great addition to the nursery of any newborn, but you’ll find it’s especially helpful for multiples who can sometimes wake each other up during the night. While a sound machine won’t stop this from happening every time, it definitely creates enough background noise to help keep one baby snoozing even if the others are fussing.

The last thing you’re going to want to do is spend time hauling huge boxes of diapers home—and you’re going to need some 400 to 600 diapers per month for two babies! You might even need to buy two sets if your babies are born different sizes. Instead, you can add regular deliveries from brands like The Honest Co. to your registry and let friends and family sign you up for two or three months worth of supplies. As your babies get bigger, it’s simple to log on and change the size of the diapers at any time.

Warehouse club membership

Whether it’s Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s, membership is a must. When you’re a parent of multiples you’re going to need more of everything—more wipes, more paper towels, more baby wash—you name it. Buying items in bulk won’t just save money, it’ll save precious time running to the store to stock up on supplies.

Baby Registry Items to Skip

Rocking chair or glider

Before you found out there were multiples in your near future, you may have imagined yourself cuddled up with your little bundle in a cozy rocker. It’s a sweet image—and of course you’ll have plenty of cuddle time—but here’s the thing: You likely can’t all fit comfortably together in one glider or rocker. Skip the chair and splurge instead on an oversized loveseat or a small couch that’ll make room for everyone in your fast-expanding family.

Double breastfeeding pillow

A double breastfeeding pillow seems like a brilliant idea, but the truth is a single breastfeeding pillow, often paired with a regular firm pillow, can do the job just as well.

Warmers

Skip anything that warms: wipe warmers, bottle warmers, food warmers. With two babies, you’ll already need plenty of gear, so it’s important to keep it simple whenever you can. Warmers take up space and add time to your routine—two things you definitely want to avoid. Plus, many warmers only warm up one item at a time, making them impractical for twins or multiples.

Bottle props

Even if you master the challenge of breastfeeding two babies at once, it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to use a bottle of pumped milk or formula—and you may want bottle props for this. However useful they may seem, it’s best to leave these off your twin baby registry. Bottle props are not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as they can increase baby’s risks for choking and ear infections.

Tricks and Tips From Parents of Multiples

These parents have been there, done that. See what they wish they’d known back when they were registering.

  • “Having twins can be expensive. Register for things that other folks would love to buy you, but would break the bank if you had to get it all yourself. Think: high chairs, car seats, bouncy chairs and even strollers.” —Jessica R., mom of 6-year-old boy-girl twins

  • “Don’t buy two of the exact same design for bouncy seats, play mats or early toys. All kids are different and what one may like, the other may not, so it’s better to have different items.” —Abby S., mom of 7-year-old fraternal twin boys and 2-year-old fraternal twin girls

  • “You don’t need two of everything. That said, it was a lifesaver for me to have duplicate baby rockers, infant seats for the house, Miracle blankets, microfleece sleepsack blankets, exersaucers and changing pads. If you’re not sure what you’ll need, register for everything you can think of and then return some gifts for credit.” —Leena D., mom of 4-year-old identical twin girls

  • “I wish I’d had my shower earlier! My babies came eight weeks early, five days before my shower. So in addition to having to cancel the shower (bummer!), I then had a houseful of unopened boxes—not what you want to come home to after a c-section. If you’re expecting multiples, have your shower earlier so you have time to organize.” —Allison F., mom of 3-year-old twin boys and a 16-month-old girl

Best Baby Gear for Parents of Multiples

So you’re caught up on all the baby registry must-haves for twins and triplets—but how do you decide which gear to get? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite feature-packed, high-performance baby products to start you off on the right foot.

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Best stroller: Mockingbird Single-to-Double Stroller

A 2021 Best of Baby winner, this stroller is expandable and multifunctional. Use it as a single stroller or pair it with the brand’s 2nd seat kit to accommodate multiples. Fun fact: This stroller has over 18 arrangements (including forward- and parent-facing options, as well as a 45-pound weight limit for each seat, so it can grow with your family.

Features you’ll love:

  • An extendable UPR 50+ all-weather canopy offers complete protection from the elements. It also has a mesh peekaboo window so you can check on your little ones while you walk.
  • Offers a one-handed fold and automatically locks to stand upright while folded. Plus, the handlebar rotates to accommodate parents of different heights.
  • Under the stroller basket holds up to 25 pounds, offering plenty of space for all your essentials.

Things to consider:

  • The 2nd seat kit is sold separately and retails for $145, raising the total cost for your double stroller.

Register for it: $Starting from 450, HelloMockingbird.com

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Best car seat: Safety 1st Grow And Go All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

This car seat is built to grow with baby—and can be a major money saver for parents of multiples. It can accommodate from 5 to 100 pounds—making it suitable for newborns and big kids—and can be used as rear- and forward-facing, as well as a booster seat. Plus, it’s designed to take up less space, meaning you might be able to fit two or even three of these across the back seat.

Features you’ll love:

  • Seat pad is machine-washable and dryer-safe. Also includes two removable and dishwasher-safe cup holders.
  • Includes a five-point harness and side impact protection for safety.
  • Offers three recline positions to ensure the seat fits well in your car.

Things to consider:

  • At 18 pounds, some parents have cited this car seat as heavy to carry and bulky in their reviews.

Register for it: From $180, Amazon.com

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Best high chair: Fisher Price SpaceSaver High Chair

Saving space is a priority when you have a house full of twin baby gear. A high chair that attaches to a standard dining chair lets you avoid tripping over bulky standing styles. Plus, you can slide the chairs close together, making it easy to feed multiple mouths.

Features you’ll love:

  • It offers three different recliner positions and two height positions to grow with baby.
  • The seat, tray and tray insert are all dishwasher-safe, while the seat pad is machine-washable.
  • Includes a five-point harness to keep baby secure and safe.
  • That super-low price tag!

Things to consider:

  • When using high chairs that attach to adult chairs or the dining table, you’ll need to use extra caution. Make sure the high chair is securely fastened and supported, and keep an eye out for baby’s kicks, which may slide the seat around.

Register for it: Starting from $55, Amazon.com

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Best crib: Delta Children Hanover 6-in-1 Convertible Crib

When it comes to twins, it’s best to get two separate cribs, as each baby will need their separate, safe sleeping area. This convertible crib from Delta Children comes at a lower price tag and is JPMA certified—meaning it’s exceeded safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Bonus: It’s made with non-toxic paints and finishes, as well as sustainable materials.

Features you’ll love:

  • The 6-in-1 design means you get a lot of bang for your buck: this crib converts to a toddler bed, a day bed and a full-size bed.
  • Offers three adjustable heights to help baby safely get in and out as they grow.
  • Comes in white, gray and walnut brown colorways that will coordinate with any nursery design. You can also pair it with a Delta Children dresser of the same finish if you choose.

Things to consider:

  • Converting the crib may require additional kits or pieces, sold separately.

Register for it: $160, Walmart.com

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Best playard: Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Twin Bassinet

One of the only playards on the market designed with twins in mind also happens to be one of the best. Removable twin bassinets give you flexibility to put your babies to sleep in different rooms or keep them together. When it’s time to corral the babies in the playard, there’s more than enough room for a twosome (and some toys).

Features you’ll love:

  • Wheels on one side let you quickly roll the playard from room to room.
  • An innovative squeeze latch makes it ridiculously easy to fold up, stow in the carrying bag and use as a travel sleeper for multiple infants.
  • The bassinets offer canopies to help block out the sun as baby rests.

Things to consider:

  • The bassinets are only suitable for infants up to 15 pounds and unable to push up on their hands and knees.

Register for it: $260, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best carrier: TwinGo Twin Carrier Air Model

As a parent, there’s nothing quite as sweet as feeling your newborn cuddled against your chest while snoozing in a baby carrier. For parents of twins, however, it’s not quite that simple. But with the innovative and ergonomic TwinGo, you get the chance to keep both babies close—one in the front and one in the back.

Features you’ll love:

  • A wide, padded waist belt distributes weight comfortably and evenly. The belt even includes a small pocket to store your essentials.
  • Has up to eight different adjustment options and quickly transforms into two single-child carriers whenever you need.
  • Includes 100 percent cotton sleep hoods to offer baby’s head shade and support while they sleep.

Things to consider:

  • Higher price point than some other carrier options, such as baby wraps and ring slings.

Register for it: $230, Amazon.com

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Best bouncer: Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Each baby will need their own bouncer. Luckily, this soothing rocker comes at a super low price point to make that achievable! It offers the perfect spot for baby to relax, with two recline positions and an option for calming vibrations.

Features you’ll love:

  • Can remove the toy bar and convert the seat into a toddler rocking chair as baby grows.
  • Includes a fold-out kickstand to turn the rocker into a stationary seat.
  • Seat pad is machine washable.
  • Can be used from birth up to 40 pounds.

Things to consider:

  • Though the rocker features two recline positions, the AAP and CPSC don’t recommend allowing babies to sleep in inclined rockers or bouncers. You should also never leave baby unsupervised or unrestrained in the rocker. Plus, make sure the rocker is free of blankets, pillows and other bedding while baby is in it.

Register for it: From $39, Walmart.com

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Best activity mat: Tiny Love Meadow Days Super Mat

Great news for parents of multiples: This play mat is super-sized and perfect for two or more babies. It features an adorable meadow-themed fox design and several details to encourage curiosity and the development of gross motor skills, including an adjustable peek-a-book mirror, carrot teether and textured pocket. It’s also great for indoor and outdoor use and suitable for newborns and up.

Features you’ll love:

  • At 59 inches by 59 inches, it’s one of the biggest mats we’ve seen. It also features thick, yet sturdy padding to keep baby comfortable on any surface.
  • It’s also one of the most compact mats we’ve seen and is easy to fold and store. Also includes a soft carry handle for travel.
  • The mat is machine washable for easy cleaning.

Things to consider:

  • Not suitable for the dryer, so you’ll have to find a space to line dry when cleaning the mat.

Register for it: $50, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best diaper bag: Skip Hop Duo

This diaper backpack from Skip Hop is newly updated with features parents have been asking for. It features two bottle pockets (perfect for twins)—plus several others. With a total of 10 pockets, including exterior pockets for your phone, keys and other essentials, there’s a place for everything. The bag also features zipper closure to ensure your items stay in the bag and can even hold tablets and laptops up to 15 inches.

Features you’ll love:

  • Use it as a tote, a shoulder bag or clip it onto your stroller.
  • Includes a washable changing pad, as well as a pacifier pocket and d-ring for toys.
  • The wipedown fabric is easy to keep clean.

Things to consider:

  • Though it offers several pockets, in reviews some parents have said the bag is better for shorter outings, rather than longer day trips.

Register for it: $70, SkipHop.com

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Best skin care: Pipette Baby Shampoo & Wash

Speed up bath time—and limit your baby products—with this tear-free, 2-in-1 cleanser, intended for skin and hair.

Features you’ll love:

  • Uses 100 percent plant-based, natural and hydrating ingredients to retain baby’s skin moisture.
  • EWG verified, meaning it’s free of concerning chemicals.
  • Comes in two fragrance options, as well as a fragrance-free option.

Things to consider:

  • Might be more cost-effective to shop the brand’s product bundles, like the Baby Bestsellers, rather than individual products.

Register for it: $10, PipetteBaby.com

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Best baby monitor: Babysense Video Monitor with Two Cameras

Whether you’re keeping tabs on two cribs or two rooms, this is the baby monitor for you. It comes with two digital cameras (but can accommodate up to four) and offers a split-screen display that lets you easily switch between separate views of your babies.

Features you’ll love:

  • Two-way communication and remote-controlled zoom let you talk to and monitor your babies without disturbing them in the nursery. Also offers built-in lullabies and white noise.
  • Allows you access to the monitor with an extra long range of up to 960 feet. Also offers an “out of range” warning when you go too far.
  • Gives alerts for high or low room temperatures.

Things to consider:

  • The monitor uses “hack-free technology,” meaning it doesn’t connect to WiFi or Internet and must be plugged into an outlet.

Register for it: $150, Amazon.com

The Bump Ultimate Stroller Guide:

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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