Before we had our first son, Nolan, I spent an absurd amount of time reading blogs, playing on Pinterest and picking other moms’ brains about what the must haves should be for our registry. This addiction became almost like a game where I was popping around on different sites and places to price compare, read reviews and take in other moms’ opinions on everything baby gear related.
Fast forward a year and a half from round 1 of stalking baby gear and gadgets and SURPRISE, I am pregnant with twins and the script has flipped from feeling like a baby gear guru to feeling a lot like a first time mom in the sense of needing specific twin-centric things that I did not even know existed. THANKFULLY (and also very strangely) one of my best best best friends was also expecting twins and had done a ton of the leg work for me in terms of vetting products and talking to other twin moms.
This post is going to list five items that I missed the first time around or were newer to the market that I absolutely adore and would recommend to all moms. In other words, these are not my must haves for twin moms, but general must haves as a new mom in 2018. If you are expecting twins, head **this** way to read about the items that I tell anyone I know who is having twins to purchase, like, yesterday!
Baby Shusher– All conversations with expecting moms who ask for advice or feedback with getting a baby to sleep more begins and ends with two words: WHITE. NOISE. I am a loyal Moms on Call subscriber, and one of the key components of Moms on Call is a healthy volume of white noise when baby sleeps. Sometimes, maybe that blaring white noise is not enough… or maybe your jaw is beginning to lock up from all the “SHHHHH”ing you are doing to try and get that precious bundle of joy to close his/her eyes and KEEP THEM CLOSED. Regardless of why we do the things we do, I will always say YES to something that will help a child to board the sleep train. I do think it helps, but I am not a scientist and I have zero hard data to support this claim… BUT I know a fair number of other moms who agree. I actually decided to order it after our newborn photographer used it during our newborn pictures and the twins were racked out for most of the time! And BONUS – you can hang it on the car seat for an on the go noise canceller!
Baby Bjorn Bouncer – I have no idea how I completely missed this boat on this with Baby #1, but I do know that my life would have been even easier had this chair been on my radar during our first go-round. I love: the simple design (easier on my eyes than a rainbow pattern with bulky toys and light up buttons all over it AND it folds down as flat as a pancake for easy portability – we literally threw it in the car anytime we left the house), the three different adjustable height positions (depending on the scenario, you can adjust accordingly! If you are making dinner or hanging out, you can put it on the most upright setting so that baby can see and take in his/her surrounding – OR if you are working for a cat nap, pop it down to the most reclined setting), the natural bounce element (you control the bounce with your foot on the lower part of the fabric, so you can bounce fast/hard/slow/soft/WHATEVER on your own terms. This seat was our go to during witching hour and I honestly don’t know what we did with Nolan during witching hour because I am certain I would have had several more mental breakdowns without this tool on my belt with the twins). The only con is the steep price, but I bought ours gently used on a Mom Facebook Group.
Babyletto Kiwi Electric Recliner and Swivel Glider with USB Port – You are thinking, WOW, could the name of this thing be any longer?! And the answer is no, Babyletto could not have squeezed anything else into the name of this chair because it already HAS IT ALL! We have the Pottery Barn Comfort Upholster Glider in Nolan’s room and the difference in comfort, ease and practicality between the Babyletto chair and the PB chair is INDESCRIBABLE. My husband jokes that I have made all the right decisions when it comes to prepping for our kids EXCEPT my Pottery Barn glider purchase. The Babyletto is so much more comfortable, has an electric recliner that is basically silent and allows you to gradually, easily and completely recline so that you don’t startle a (hopefully sleeping) baby in the process, AND a USB port so that you can endlessly scroll Instagram and order all of the things on AmazonPrime in the middle of the night without running out of juice! We are obsessed. And major bonus points for the aesthetics – wingback look and great color options.
Baby Brezza Formula Pro – Imagine a Keurig for formula bottles and allow me to introduce you to the BabyBrezza Formula Pro. I just looked and saw that there is already a more hip and happening version of the one I have (called the Formula Pro ADVANCED) but I can assure you that the model I have makes all of our dreams come true. Much like a Keurig, you fill up a water tank, add the powdered formula to the top (I will not be surprised if formula companies come out with pods similar to K-Cups at some point because if they have already made it this easy, why stop there?!), select the number of ounces you want in the bottle, hit START, and you have a perfectly mixed, warmed and ready to be consumed bottle in your hands. Of course no one NEEDS the BabyBrezza, but if you despise the smell and feel of wet formula as much as I do and worry excessively about getting the bottle to the right temperature, this bad boy eliminates these issues and keeps everyone happy!
UppaBaby Bassinet – To be fair, I did own this when I had Nolan, but I never once used it during that first go-round. I broke it out a few weeks before I had the twins as another safe place to put someone down to sleep on the main level of our house. What I ended up LOVING about the UppaBaby bassinet was: the ease of transitioning from a walk in the stroller to inside and vice versa without disrupting sleep, the shape and size, the privacy it provided the babes while we were out on said walk from the nosy, grabby strangers we were bound to encounter, and TWIN MOM BONUS – when they are little, you can easily fit both in one bassinet as pictured below, and avoid the additional attention that comes along with having not one, but TWO fresh babies in your stroller when you are out and about. You can use this has the bassinet your baby sleeps in next to your bed by purchasing the bassinet stand – I know a few mamas who did this and loved it. I should definitely mention that the bassinet is INCLUDED with your purchase of the UppaBaby Vista stroller system (as it should be considering you are spending more than I ever imagined possible on a stroller — and its not even the most expensive one on the market! AH!).
AND I have written yet another novel about things you likely already knew 😉 BUT if I help make even one mom’s life a little bit easier, it will be well worth it! What do you think – Agree? Disagree? What did I miss? (Actually, maybe don’t answer that… I am sure I will be livid at all of the amazing things I missed out on BUT SHARE for other mamas who could use it!)