Searching for the perfect baby shower gift for twins? These creative and practical ideas will bring the multiples-mom-to-be double the joy. If you have twins, please tell us in the comments area what items you found most useful.
Itzbeen Twin Pack
Juggling feedings, diaper changes, and sleep schedules for multiples is quite the task. The Itzbeen is a simple gadget that times how long it's been since the last feeding, changing, or nap — making life much easier for maxed-out parents.
If you know that the mom-to-be is going to be breast-feeding, a twin nursing pillow will come in handy, allowing two feedings at a time. The My Brest Friend Twins Deluxe pillow even comes with pockets to hold burp cloths and a water bottle for Mom.
Mom might initially use a bulky double stroller for her infant twins, but eventually, her babies will graduate to lightweight umbrella strollers. Parents of twins (or two tots in general) have rave reviews for these affordable stroller links. They easily connect two umbrella strollers, so you have the ease and flexibility of taking the twins together, or alone for special one-on-one time.
Double the diapers. Double the wipes. Double the bottles. Mom is going to need one roomy diaper bag! Skip Hop's Duo Double Deluxe bag has 16 pockets and a detachable messenger-style strap that's wide enough to fit across the handles of a double stroller.
In the early weeks of parenting multiples, everything can become a blur — including the names and identities of identical twin babies. If the parents have already decided on names, consider giving them personalized bibs that serve as name tags. If the names haven't been chosen or announced, pairs of bibs in different colors can make a nice gift. Many parents of twins "color code" their babies' clothes to help keep them straight.
They may not be the snazziest gift, but plain white onesies are a staple for any new baby. The more basic bodysuits Mom has, the less frequently she'll need to do laundry — a big plus in a household with multiples. Most twins are born on the small side, so tiny newborn-size clothes will be in high demand.
A Pair of Bumbo Seats
The Bumbo Baby Sitter Chair appears on many baby shower registries these days, and for good reason. It's a supportive seat that helps babies sit up on their own from as early as three months. Bumbo now offers a Play Tray attachment for babies to eat or play on, which is great for fostering independence in twins.
Mom and Dad are going to need a break — big time. This booklet of 20 vouchers for new parents offers relief in the form of free babysitting, bottle-feeding assistance, and other helpful tasks to be performed by the eager gift-giver.
This one probably speaks for itself! Diapers.com offers home-delivery of almost every kind of diaper under the sun, from cloth ones to chorine-free Seventh Generation disposables to classic Pampers. They also carry tons of other baby products, like clothes, formula, and toys, so there's a lot to choose from.
Twins share a special bond — and unique challenges — as they go through life together. Help prepare the babies on the way for the journey ahead by filling their library with children's books about twins. The books can also help educate the twins' older sibling, if they have one.