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Twin Essentials: 0-6 months

on February 3, 2012

We are well past our six month mark. I thought I would look back and see what things really made a difference in our lives. I know a lot of people have a tendency of buying a whole bunch of stuff that is not necessary and I aim to nip that in the bud, one blog reader at a time!

Need to Have 

Graco Quattro Tour Double Stroller Probably the greatest piece of equipment we’ve got. This stroller has been a lifesaver. One of the requirements of our stroller was that it took two car seats at the same time. You would think this would be pretty standard, but it seems that most double strollers out there are meant for an older and a younger child; not two children of the same age. When we go out in the car, it takes less than a minute to put both car seats and the stroller in the car. Super efficient and easy.
Graco SungRide35 Carseat We picked these because they have the highest weight limits for an infant car seat. Depending on how tall our little girls turn out to be, these should last until they are between twelve and eighteen months old. Putting them in the car is also SUPER easy. We’ve installed the bases in our car and it just takes a *snap* and the car seats are in securely.

Somnat Cribs (IKEA) Cribs are a bit of necessity, even if you’re co-sleeping you want a place to put your babies where you know they aren’t going to get into anything. These ones were some of the cheapest cribs we could find, but they seem to be pretty good quality.

Bouncy Chairs We started out by just laying the girls on the coffee table on top of blankets, but they could only last so long before they were getting too big. Then we moved them into their car seats. We stuffed a blanket into each one of the car seats so it wasn’t too much of an angle. Then when the girls were about two months old, we bought bouncy chairs. Our bouncy chairs were nice, although they took up a bit of room and didn’t fold into a smaller size. The girls outgrew them by the time they were seven months old. A great beginner chair. Loved the “sling” style of the chair.

Snugli We were originally going to go with the Baby K’tan Wrap, but it never worked for us. The babies never seemed to like them. So we bought some cheap Snuglis and they are the greatest things ever! We use them every single day on our evening walks. We also used to use them for “up time”, while we were doing chores we’d carry them around so their bodies had a chance to be upright and straightened, but now that they are older we don’t do that as much because we put them down on the floor for “tummy time” instead.







Nice to Have

Eddie Bauer Playard We never used the “extras”. The add-on changing area didn’t get much use, because of the hanging bassinet. It was just as easy to use the bassinet instead of having the changing area attached. We stopped using the music player fairly quickly (batteries didn’t last very long and they are kind of a pain in the ass to change) and we actually only started using the mobile recently. Shula likes to watch it spin. The hanging bassinet was a saving grace. We used it for the girls to sleep in while they were sleeping in our room for the first few weeks. Now that the girls are a little older we use it as a cage.

Sniglar Change Table (IKEA) Our change table is nice, it has storage underneath which is where we put our cloth diapers and pjs. The girls seem to be outgrowing it though. We aren’t too worried because it is a fairly simple design so we think we’ll be able to make use of it somewhere else in the house (extra storage in another room). If we hadn’t have bought the change table, I’m sure we could have made-do with changing them on the floor/couch/coffee table/crib/etc. It did however save both of our backs from giving out!

Didn’t Hit the Mark

Ducky BathTub  We loved the duck, and it only cost $15. It was so cute and it quacked when you pressed its’ nose. Then Christmas time came around. With all the baby gear in our apartment, there isn’t much space to erect a tree, so we put it on the dining room table. Alas, that’s where we would put the Duck Tub to bathe the girls. So we decided to use the sink for the holidays and once the tree was gone we’d go back to our Duck. As it turns out.. bathing in the sink is soo much easier! We don’t have to bend forward and it doesn’t take as much prep time because you don’t have to blow up and fill the bath. However, we did invest in some Grippy Dotsso the girls weren’t slipping and sliding all over the sink. In the case of the Ducky Tub, or any tub for that matter, I’d say pass if you’ve got a regular sized kitchen sink. Works just as well.
Bumbo Chairs A bit of a disappoint for me. I thought the Bumbo chairs would be something great for the girls to sit up in. But, it turns out that they couldn’t really use them until they had enough strength to hold their heads and backs up. By the time they were able to do that, they don’t have any interest in sitting still.  Their muscles have gone from not developed enough to sit in the chairs to being developed enough that all they try and do is get out of the chairs now. So glad I bought mine second hand, because I don’t think they are worth the $65+ that one would spend on a new chair.
Of course, I didn’t mention all the small things that we couldn’t have done without… bottles, bowls, diapers (cloth and disposable).We managed to do a pretty good job of not buying stuff that we didn’t see a *need* for. No exersaucers, no jolly jumpers, etc. etc. Nice and simple, just the way we do everything.

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