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What to buy for twins to help make life easier

Feel prepared for the arrival of your two bundles of joy with these twin essentials as recommended by parents and experts.

By Kat Storr | Last updated Apr 22, 2022

What to buy for twins

Finding out you’re pregnant can come as a big surprise, and finding out you’re carrying two babies - or more - can be an even bigger shock. Once the news has sunk in, your mind will probably start racing, thinking about what you’ll need for both of them.

While there’s no need to buy two of everything, you’ll inevitably need to get some items that are tailored especially for twins, such as a buggy. 

We hope this list will help put your mind at ease that buying for twins needn’t be a stressful experience and that there are some great products out there to make your life easier. 

How we chose our recommendations 

Recommendations from real parents

Our writer, Kat, has used her knowledge as a mother of twins to help create this guide. She's added items she found invaluable when she had her twin babies in 2019. She knows how overwhelming it can be when you find out you’re having more than one baby and found it helpful as a new mum to read reviews of the products that made life that little bit easier for other parents. We also studied reviews of products other twin parents recommended on the Mumsnet forums to find out which items users had bought and rated highly – and which they weren't impressed by. 

Expert guidance

We always ensure our information represents the latest recommendations from experts so you can rely on it, and we research each product thoroughly to ensure it follows the latest expert advice and stands up to scrutiny. Here we consulted reputable sources such as consumer watchdogs Which?, and took note of what they recommend for twin parents.

Consumer feedback

We collated all that information and then looked at other consumer reviews to see which were the bestsellers and which received rave reviews after purchase. 

Celebrated best products

Finally, we cross-referenced all of the above information to find the best products you need for twins that had won the most accolades and recommendations across the board to bring you a selection of the best ones at various price points. We think there’s something here for everyone.

Here’s what to buy for twins.

1. Baby bouncers: BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss

Babybjorn bouncer

Price: £185 | Buy now on Amazon

“I got two BabyBjörn secondhand ones from eBay for £50 each and sold them for £55 each! They fold flat so you can pop them under the sofa when not in use, and the whole cover comes off and goes in the washing machine and dryer and comes out immaculate. They were invaluable for my twins. They fed and napped in there and were the best purchase.” recommended by Orangecloth

The juggle of feeding, winding and changing two small babies can feel never-ending, and new parents don’t need the added worry of where to put one baby while they attend to the other. That’s why twin parents swear by baby bouncers to keep their babies safe when they can’t be held. 

The BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss is at the higher end of the market but it’s stylish, sturdy and easy to transport. If you’re bottle feeding your twins, a bouncer can be a great place to feed them simultaneously. If you’re breastfeeding one baby at a time, parents also find the BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss good for being able to keep an eye on the other baby. 

Multi-tasking is something parents quickly become adept at and many twin parents bounce one child with their foot while feeding or winding the other. The baby’s own body weight also gently rocks the bouncer which often sends them off to sleep which is an added bonus.

Parents love this bouncer because it folds flat and can be popped under the sofa when not being used, the cover is machine-washable and it gives good support to your baby’s head, neck and back.

Pros

  • Safe
  • Stylish
  • Folds flat
  • Three height settings
  • Machine-washable cover at 40°C

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Toy bar not included in price
  • Babies may not enjoy being in it once they’re on the move

Key specs

  • Size: 11 x 92.5 x 40cm 
  • Weight: 2.3kg
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 13kg
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Age range: From newborn (min 3.5kg) to two years (max 13kg)

2. Double buggy: Mountain Buggy Duet

Mountain Buggy

Price: £699 | Buy now on Amazon

“I have a Mountain Buggy Duet and really like it. Yes, it’s a bit on the heavy side but not so heavy that I can't lift it into the car myself. It’s a dream to push and there hasn't been any doorway, shop etc that I struggled to fit through. The basket is plenty big enough.” tried and tested by Lockdownmummy

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a double buggy for your twins. The size of your house, car and whether you live in an urban or rural area will all be important. Luckily, there are double buggies available to suit the needs of most families. 

We’ve chosen this side-by-side twin buggy because it’s versatile, comfortable and comes at a great price. The Mountain Buggy Duet is the narrowest side-by-side buggy on the market, so is ideal for navigating narrow front doors, public transport and shops. It can be used from the newborn stage up to age four and has four all-terrain wheels which make it ideal for city or countryside living.

Some parents have found the buggy to be heavy to carry when it’s folded flat and it’s one of the heaviest side-by-side buggies we’ve found. Reviewers say that it’s also hard to assemble and switch between seats, carrycots and car seats compared to other brands. 

Pros

  • Only 63cm wide 
  • Five-point harness on straps
  • One-handed fold
  • Four recline positions
  • The narrowest side-by-side buggy on the market
  • Height adjustable handlebar
  • Large storage basket

Cons

  • Seats don’t sit as upright as others
  • Heavy to carry when folded
  • Adding carrycots or car seats can be tricky
  • Foot brake can be difficult to apply

Key specs

  • Size: 31.75 x 63.5 x 88.9cm
  • Weight: 14.7kg
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 22.68kg
  • Age range: Newborn to four years

3. Double breast pump: Ardo Calypso Double Plus Breast Pump

Ardo Calypso

Price: £139.99 | Buy now on Amazon

“I use the Ardo Calypso Double Plus. It’s good!” tried and tested by Cocopops2010

However you choose to feed your twins, there’s no denying that it’s going to be something that takes up a lot of your time, especially in the first few weeks. If you’re breastfeeding, a double breast pump can be a great way of significantly cutting down this time and also help you to boost your milk supply. 

You might have read about the disconcerting ‘brrr brrr’ noise some electric breast pumps can make when you’re using them, which can really put users off. However, this is one of the reasons why the Ardo Calypso Double Plus has become really popular with Mumsnetters - it’s quiet, but still powerful. This makes it a great choice for discreet pumping or pumping in the evenings. 

This pump has been approved by the NHS because of its BPA-free bottles, hygienic closed system and durability. There are a lot of parts to the pump which could look confusing but it’s easy to assemble, even if you’re time-poor and sleep deprived. 

Some mums may prefer wearable breast pumps, like the popular Elvie,  which can be tucked inside your bra and used while at work or out and about. Others may also be put off by the fact that the Ardo Calypso is more suited to sitting still.

Pros:

  • Single or double expression
  • 64 combinations of suction and speed
  • Vacuum seal technology to stop bacteria, breast milk or impurities from entering the tube or pump
  • Quiet
  • Faster than a manual pump

Cons

  • More expensive than a manual pump
  • Parts can be fiddly to sterilise
  • Dependent on being near a plug socket
  • Not very portable and bulkier to transport than a manual

Key specs

  • Size: 28.4 x 19.3 x 8.1cm
  • Weight: 0.25kg
  • Material: BPA-free
  • No batteries required
  • Three breast shield sizes and a silicone comfort cushion included
  • Additional sized breast shields (22 mm and 36 mm) are available to purchase separately online

4. Twin baby carrier: Weego Twin Baby Carrier

Weego carrier

Price: £134.14 | Buy now on Amazon

“We had a Weego Twin Baby Carrier. That was awesome, as for the first 14 weeks or so they would only nap on me or in the buggy.” reviewed by Toomuchtooold

If you’ve made a good physical recovery from the birth and have no prior injuries, there’s no reason why you can’t carry twins in a carrier or sling. Many parents find that, in the first few weeks, their babies may not like being put down or sleeping in a cot or Moses basket. This might be especially true if your twins were born prematurely and are quite small. 

The Weego is a really great twin carrier that can be used from 1.8kg (4lbs) to 15kg (33lbs) in total. It has a unique double pouch design which has been created to ensure healthy hip development for your babies. The inner pouch supports the babies’ backs and keeps them close to you and the outer pouch supports their heads and necks. It will allow you to keep both babies close to you and be hands-free to cook, eat or do other activities. 

One downside of the carrier is that the clasps can be tricky to do up, especially if you don’t have anyone to help you. Other parents have also said they experienced back pain when their babies were a bit older because of the lack of support. The price of this sling may also put some parents off, but it works out cheaper than buying two separate carriers.

Pros

  • Ergonomic and hip-friendly for babies
  • Tumble-dryer-safe
  • Unique two-bag system
  • Suitable for premature babies
  • Machine-washable at 30°C

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Weight of babies could cause back pain

Key specs

  • Size: 41.8 x 25.2 x 9.2cm
  • Weight: 0.96kg
  • Maximum weight: 15kg
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Age range: Newborn to seven months

5. Nursing pillow: Peanut and Piglet Twin Feeding Cushion

Feeding pillow

Price: £94 | Buy now on Amazon

“A twin feeding cushion was a lifesaver for me.”  recommended by RandomUsernameHere

If you want to tandem feed your twins then this cushion could prove invaluable. It’s been designed by a twin mum and has lots of features to make breastfeeding two babies as comfortable as possible. 

It has a back support to keep you in an upright position when feeding and also gives you high support which is important if you’ve had a caesarean section

It’s not exclusively for breastfeeding and can also be a great way of bottle feeding your twins at the same time. If you are breastfeeding, it’s sturdy and thick enough for you to go hands-free once your babies are latched and feeding well.

The cover is 100% cotton and can be removed to wash. However, some parents have said it can be difficult to get back on again and the print does fade.

Pros

  • Great for tandem feeding
  • Comfy for mum and babies
  • Comes with back support
  • Machine-washable

Cons

  • Bulky to transport
  • Expensive

Key specs

  • Size: 60 x 58 x 34cm
  • Weight: 3.8kg
  • Material: Cotton

6. Baby baths: Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support

Angelcare bath

Price: £24 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have the Angelcare bath seat. We've been using it since birth and didn’t bother with a baby bath.” reviewed by Pinktruffle 

The Angelcare Bath Support is a good alternative to a traditional baby bath and can work well if you have twins. It’s made from a soft mesh material which warms to the temperature of the bath water quickly to stop your babies from getting cold. 

The design safely cradles your babies while also leaving you with two hands to wash and play. Babies can be slippery and difficult to hold when wet so this bath takes that issue away. Another benefit of the design of this bath is that your babies will be able to see each other while they’re in them. 

Some parents have complained that the design of the support and the low water fill line makes it seem like the baby is just sitting in a puddle. And as it’s only suitable up to around six months, it’s not a product you’ll be using for very long.

Pros

  • Anti-slip base
  • Supportive and safe for baby
  • Mesh warms to temperature of water to keep baby warm
  • Can be used as a seat for baby in the bathroom if you’re using the toilet etc

Cons

  • Quite bulky
  • Not great for babies who like to splash in the bath
  • No suction on the base

Key specs

  • Size: 57.5 x 31 x 22cm
  • Weight: 0.82kg
  • Age range: Newborn to six months

7. Infant car seats: Joie i-Spin 360 Car Seat

Joie car seat

Price: £298.85 | Buy now from John Lewis

"Joie ispin 360. I got ours a few weeks ago and love it. I chose it because it scored well on ADAC testing which is higher than UK standards (it's German) and it was a reasonable price. Really happy with it." Tried and tested by AphroditeGoddessOfLove

A car seat is one of the most important items you need when having a baby. Sadly, it’s also one of the most expensive and you’ll need two if you’re having twins. 

The Joie i-Spin 360 is a really popular car seat because of its excellent safety features. Side panels in the seat automatically engage when the harness is tightened, which adds extra side impact protection, and the headrest offers three layers of protection inside the wings. 

It’s comfy for babies of any age, has six recline positions and is suitable up to age four, and the spin feature means it’s easy to get your children out of the car without straining your back. 

The seat is heavy but, once installed, you shouldn’t have much need to take it in and out of your car. This is because it’s not travel-system compatible which means that it can’t be attached to your pushchair.

Pros 

  • Spacious and padded seat
  • Rated highly for crash protection
  • Easy to install
  • 360-degree rotation 
  • Five-point harness

Cons

  • Heavy to lift
  • Not travel system-compatible

Key specs

  • Size: 65 x 58 x 62cm
  • Weight: 14.2kg
  • Age range: Suitable rearward-facing from birth to 105cm/4 years; suitable forward-facing from 15 months to 105cm/4 years

8. Steriliser: Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Baby Bottle Maker Machine

Tommee Tippee

Price: £100.09 | Buy now from Amazon

“Tommy (sic) Tippee day/night prep machine has been a game-changer.” Ivfgottwins

If you’re bottle feeding your twins, this machine may prove a lifesaver. It can make a bottle of formula in two minutes, saving you valuable time when you have two hungry babies crying for milk. 

It works by putting the desired amount of baby formula into a bottle and then into the machine. An initial shot of 70°C water is then dispensed, killing any bacteria present in the formula and dissolving the formula quickly. You then shake the bottle and place it back under the dispenser for the correct amount of cooler water to be added, whether it’s a 4oz or 11oz bottle you’re making. 

Parents have said this gadget is quick and easy to set up and that it’s saved a lot of time and stress at night. Again, this is another pricey product and you’ll need to buy more bottles and new filters but this might be a price you’re willing to pay if it makes nighttime feeds more bearable.

Pros

  • Makes a bottle in two minutes
  • Suitable for different types and sizes of bottles
  • Built-in filter system
  • Screen notification to tell you if it needs cleaning or descaling
  • Glow nightlight to make night feeds easier

Cons

  • Expensive

Key specs

  • Size: 21.6 x 30.6 x 33 cm
  • Weight: 2.51kg
  • No batteries required

9. Changing bag: Peanut and Piglet Twin Changing Bag

Changing bag

Price: from £49 | Buy now from Amazon

Another Peanut and Piglet product that has been designed with the needs of twin parents front and centre, the Peanut and Piglet Twin ChangingBag is bigger than standard changing bags, giving you more space to pack double the nappies, spare outfits and muslins. It has multiple pockets including space for two bottles and a large changing mat

It’s a really versatile bag because it can be worn or held in four different ways: as a backpack, across the body, with grab handles and as a buggy attachment. The bag is also wipe-clean, water-resistant and comes in a variety of fun prints. 

We’ve researched lots of changing bags and read dozens of reviews about this one and the only downside according to parents is that it can be a tight squeeze to get everything you need inside.

Pros

  • Four ways to wear it
  • Multiple pockets
  • Two easy-to-reach bottle holders
  • Wipe clean and water-resistant
  • Multiple designs

Cons

  • Could be a roomier

Key specs

  • Size: 36 x 16 x 38cm
  • Weight: 1.2kg
  • Capacity: 18 litres

10. Newborn beds: Chicco Next2Me Bedside Crib

Chicco Next2Me

Price: £142.01 | Buy now from Amazon

“The Next2Me [crib] was honestly the best thing I bought for my son and I would 100% recommend one. He loved being close to us, and we loved having him there and he always settled and slept really well” queensvillage1 

Before your babies are born, it’s impossible to know how they are going to sleep and what will work best for your family. Nights with twins can be busy at the beginning but one of your main priorities will be making sure they are safe and comfortable when they’re asleep. 

The Chicco Next2Me is a great bedside crib which attaches to the side of your bed at the same level as your mattress. It has a detachable side so you can see your baby and easily pick them up when they need to be fed and it’s a particularly great choice if you’ve had a c-section. 

The crib has a six-level height adjustment and it’s easy to fasten to your bed with straps, and it’s also possible to tilt the Next2Me if your baby is congested or struggling with reflux. The mattress is comfy and comes with a washable cover.

This is another product that is well reviewed by parents but is only recommended up to six months of age so some may find it a bit too pricey for the length of time it will be used for.

Pros

  • Includes a travel bag
  • Six height adjustments and foldable feet
  • Has two wheels so can be easily moved around
  • Detachable side for easy access to baby
  • Breathable mesh window
  • Can be tilted to ease congestion
  • Mattress cover is easy to wash

Cons

  • You don’t use it much beyond six months
  • Not as lightweight or as portable as a Moses basket

Key specs

  • Size: 94 x 69 x 66cm
  • Weight: 9kg
  • Age range: Newborn to six months and up to 9kg

What are the essential baby items for twins? 

Everyone will have different priorities when preparing for the arrival of their twins, but we think this list of essential items is a good place to start. 

Do you need two of everything with twins?

Buying for one baby can get expensive and finding space for all of your newborn kit can also be difficult, so this can be even more of an issue if you’re expecting twins. 

While you certainly don’t need two of everything if you have twins, there are a few items you’ll need for both babies such as a car seat and double buggy. Two baby baths can be useful so they can be bathed at the same time. You will need two cots or cribs for them to sleep in. It is not recommended to let your babies sleep in the same cot.

Some people find twin baby carriers quite tricky to use, but you could buy two single ones for you and your partner to use. Or you could have just one and take turns to put one baby in it when out and about with your buggy. 

You will get through a lot of dirty clothes and nappies in the first few months so you’ll need plenty of those - and be prepared to do a lot of washing too.

When should I start shopping for twins?

The answer to this is entirely down to you. It’s great to be organised and to be able to tick things off as your pregnancy progresses but most parents start shopping for twins after the 20-week scan. It’s also worth researching big items such as buggies and cots early because there may be a wait for delivery. 

Also, there’s a higher chance of twins being born early and most have arrived by week 37 so your pregnancy will be a little bit shorter than if you were expecting just one baby. While these days it’s easy to order things online for a fast delivery, it will give you peace of mind to have most of the items sorted well before your due date.

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