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what to buy for a friend who is expecting twins

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Nanny01 Mon 22-Aug-11 13:48:58

Just wondering what to buy for first time parents of twins. I have kids my self and normaly make up a basket of things that would be useful but wondering if there is anything in particular that would be good. I was thinking up to £50 and they are due early December.

Sandra2011 Mon 22-Aug-11 13:57:50

Giftcard is always a nice present.

musttidyupmusttidyup Mon 22-Aug-11 13:58:29

Cuddledry towels. Fabulous. Worth every penny IMO.
Small sheepskins for them to lie on.
Something for when they are a but older? Littlelife backpack / reigns are great (ESP with twins I would think)

Sandra2011 Mon 22-Aug-11 14:05:42

I've read that you should avoid using sheepskins for babies because they can cause allergies.

emjay74 Mon 22-Aug-11 14:18:44

I'm expecting DTs in the next few weeks and both my mum and some friends have done me a 'babies' hamper! Nappies, wipes, cream, bath stuff, sponges, muslins, bibs etc and think that it was so lovely and will be perfect as they will go through so much in those first few weeks. And an IOU for any help/babysitting requests if required (or even a bit of adult conversation over coffee)!

A little gift for mum might be nice too..some nice (baby friendly if BF) moisturiser, shower/bath gel maybe! smile

Kathygirl Mon 22-Aug-11 15:24:39


Nanny01 Mon 22-Aug-11 16:30:07

Was wondering to include 2 podee bottles as she is planning to bottle feed and it allows you feed hands free if necessary. I do like the idea of a goody box have done that normally for single babys. Maybe a voucher for Costa as I know they do that at the mo.

GibberingGinger Mon 22-Aug-11 16:41:18

Speaking as a twin mum, the thing I wanted most was practical help. I would reccommend making portions of food, preferably something that could be microwaved like chilli or a nice casserole, and then eaten with a spoon (I never wasn't holding a baby). In disposable cartons - I hated the hassle of thinking I had to return someones dish and also that way if they have something already planned for that night they can put it in the freezer for later. Supermarket microwave food is horrible and plastic, and there never is any time to make proper food so I just lived off toast!
A lovely friend also came to my house, demanded all my washing, took it away and returned it a couple of days later clean, iron and sorted. It was one of the nicest things someone has done for me.
However if you are not close enough to help practically, then clothes are good, I get through so many, but be careful of the season! I've got some very cute summer 6 months clothes, but they were in the depth of winter at 6 months!
Hope this helps

Nanny01 Mon 22-Aug-11 17:03:17

GibberingGinger thanks, sadly we don't live close by was wondering sending them afood parcel from cooks These are lovely. I too remember having meals. I have a feeling that they will be given lots of clothes as they have so many friends. definatly sounds good to. I had these when I had my last baby. Or else is there specifically something twin orientated that is a must have. Was thinking about cleaner as a real treat what do you guys think?

pinkhyena Mon 22-Aug-11 17:22:29

I think those boxes from cook sound like a fab idea. Expensive but we have one of their shops near us and the food is really nice quality. Could you get some clothes that are 12-18 month size? I imagine most of the outfits they get will be newborn or 0-3 months.

bigmacandhappymeal Mon 22-Aug-11 17:23:00

I was about to suggest a cleaner - my friend who had twins was 'given' this by her sister and was a life saver for the first month. Can you club with someone else to make the ££ go further and get one for a few weeks (usually they are £8-10 an hour)

Jojay Mon 22-Aug-11 17:28:23

I've got 4 week old twins and would agree with anything foody. Meals are great, but nice snacky bits that can be eaten on the go would be great too.

The things I've nipped out to buy since they arrived are more muslins - we get through a huge number every day, and a baby swing, which means I can actually put one baby down.

Don't get matching pink and blue teddies ( I had boy / girl) I've got about 6 sets!

Nanny01 Mon 22-Aug-11 18:22:51

The cleaner would be a great idea.

silverangel Mon 22-Aug-11 18:55:09

My twins are three weeks old, most useful presents so far have been vouchers (I know it can seem impersonal but until they arrived we haven't really known what they would need), clothes in a bigger size that they will grow into and vouchers for a shop we have here called cook that does frozen home made ready meals, its a chain but I don't know where the others are. It means the freezer is stocked with decent food that can just be chucked in tthe oven. My twins are still in SCBU but this would be the same if they were home already too.

GibberingGinger Tue 23-Aug-11 21:52:38

Just asked DH, and his suggestion was an unbelievably large amount of nappies. grin

Or the EmergencyFeedingKit as I call it. SMA might not be her choice of milk, but the fact that it comes in jars that you just screw the sterilised teat straight onto can be a godsend when it's 2 in the morning, and you just want to feed the baby NOW without faffing about sterilising or cooling milk

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