Preparing For Multiples: A Handy Baby Checklist
by Joscelyn Ramos Campbell
Multiples are multiple times the blessing. Once your little bundles of joys arrive, you will be taking part in one of life's wonderful and crazy roller coasters, including, taking care of more than one child simultaneously. Naturally, when having more than one child, your mind does think about costs and if you will have to buy double or triple the amount of baby items. There are items that you will have to buy more than one of but not everything needs to be multiplied.
The first step in preparing for multiples is creating a baby registry. The following is a basic list that could help you when preparing to buy items for the arrival of your new babies. (The list is based on having twins, but when you see that you need to buy 2 of an item, buy 3 or 4 if you have triplets, quads, etc.):
2 Cribs (Crib mattress can be firm for better back support.)
1 Bassinet (It is common that multiples are preemies or are small in birth weight. You can just buy one bassinet and then transfer them to cribs when bigger.)
1 Pack 'n Play (One can be bought first but eventually two will be needed due to weight limitations.)
1 Double Stroller
2 Car Seats (Buy another set if you have a second car.)
2 Sunshades for Car Windows (Buy another set if you have a second car.)
2 Bouncy Seats (Helpful to keep babies entertained while Mom is trying to accomplish other things.)
1 Baby Swing & 1 Portable or Travel Swing (There will come a time when you want both babies to be in a swing and it is helpful to have one that is portable.)
2 Rocking Chairs with footstools (Its helpful to have 2 since you will probably be rocking the babies to sleep in varying rooms.)
2 Front Baby Carriers (Great for Mom and Dad to be able to have their hands free.)
1 Diaper Bag (Buy a Diaper Bag that is roomy to fit bottles and jars of food.)
1 Music Player that can play lullaby music or 2 Musical Soothers for the cribs.
Diapers & Wipes (Buy the Mega/Jumbo pack. Multiples use a lot of diapers--do not buy a lot of the Newborn diapers size since babies gain weight rapidly.)
2 Diaper Rash Ointments
1 Diaper Genie (You may want to buy an extra Diaper Genie if your home has a second floor.)
1 Breastpump (Breastpumps can be rented from the hospital.)
Microwave Bottle Sterilizer
1 Bottle brush
2 Boppy Pillows or 1 Large Nursing Pillow
Newborn tub or Convertible Tub that can be used for sitting infants
6 Hooded Towels
Baby Wash, Lotions, Shampoo
10 Burp Cloths
Plastic Bowls and Utensils
4 Waterproof crib/mattress liner
4 Sheet savers
6 Fitted crib sheets
4 Halo Sleep Sacks (Great for swaddling.)
Carbon monoxide detector for baby's room
First Aid Kit
Mylicon drops (To help alleviate gas.)
4 Fleece outfits for Winter
2 Winter jackets for Winter
4 pairs of gloves or mittens
4 Sun Caps for Summer
4 Shorts and T-Shirts Sets for Summer
10 receiving blankets
8 One-piece outfits
8 One-piece pajamas
10 pairs of sock/booties
*************************************************Great Twin and Multiples Checklist for Babies!This is a great list to help parents prepare for having twins or multiples. As parents preparing for our twins, it was easy to think that you would need two of everything. As Joscelyn points out, not everything needs to be doubled or tripled!
Like every list, its simply a guide to help you prepare. You may find items that you prefer over others or feel that you need less or more of an item. Individual baby preferences may spur you to get a second swing or in our case a second jumpster. Or as mentioned, in a two story home you may decide two of an item would be very helpful.
Season and your location may also influence the number of clothes needed to purchase. Winter babies will need more clothes than summer babies especially in areas that experience snow. We had to find a balance so we were not doing laundry twice a day.
Another great point made is don't buy too many, whether it is diapers or clothes. You will be amazed at how fast they grow.
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