Twin Parent Checklist

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Twin Parent Checklist

Despite the look of the girls in the photo, they have totally rocked their first years (almost THREE) of life, challenging everything we thought we knew about parenting based on our older two. We’re no experts but have come up with a list that can be helpful if you’re navigating this twin parenthood thing for the first (or second) time.

Things You’ll Want Two of:

  • Cribs (we love mini cribs)
  • Playpens (get one with a double bassinet)
  • High Chairs
  • Toddler Beds
  • Car Seats (and an extra set of bases for infant seats)
  • Bumbo Chair
  • Ring Sling Baby Carrier
  • Coats
  • Car Seat Covers (if you live in a cold area)

 

Things You’ll Need One of:

 

Go Big (get multiples):

  • Crib Sheets
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Training Pants
  • Footed Pajamas
  • Swaddle Blankets and/or Sleep Sacks
  • Onesies

Check out a more detailed post about some of these items or a list of things for the PARENTS of newborns!

Get the downloadable version here –> Twin Parent Checklist

Happy Birthday, Twins!

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Yup. That’s pretty much how I feel.

Today is the twins’ birthday. It’s been the fastest year ever. Wasn’t I just pregnant with them? I thought so.

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Both of the girls continue to amaze me every day. We celebrate them today, and look forward to many more milestones.

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Girls, Mama loves you. xoxo xoxo

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Photo: laurierphotography.com

Gift Ideas for Newborn Twins

This list of Gift Ideas for Newborn Twins is my attempt at sharing things that my family has found beneficial in the first year of the girls’ lives. By no means am I an expert, and there are probably a ton of other awesome things twins parents could use – if so, I’d love to hear about them, too! (This post contains affiliate links.)

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After having two other kids, we thought we knew what to expect when preparing to welcome the twins home. In some ways, we were right…in other ways, we were way wrong! Luckily, I stumbled across a few great blog posts, Facebook sites, and was even gifted some of these things. After I’ve been asked a few times what beyond my thoughts on what you should add to a baby registry and what to give parents of newborns (TO HELP OUT!), I figured I’d collect my favorite twin products, too. Seriously, double the love does mean mom and dad are shelling out double the money, so some of these are going to be a bit costly – group gifts work, too! We can help a little along the way, right?

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Twins Bassinet

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Hands down, this was my favorite gift that the group gave me at my sprinkle. We use it in the living room for quick naps and diaper changes. The shades made it awesome to pull the girls out on the porch to enjoy some sun, too. When they got too heavy for the bassinets (at about 9.5 months / 14 pounds or so), we took the bassinets down and let them loose in the playard. There’s ample space for two girls and a gazillion toys. This item is available from Graco and on Amazon.

Twin Baby Carrier

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(And hello, Anne Geddes!)

I loved my Weego Twin Baby Carrier, but once the girls started gaining weight, it was nearly impossible to hold them for long. My back just wouldn’t take it. More often than not, you’d find us with two ring slings. One for each parent, or one parent wearing both (Greg was so much better at that). If I were to invest again, I’d like go for something like the Twingaroo because there’s so much it can do. I haven’t worn one, but from what I hear, it’s awesome. (You can wear both on the front when they are wee, like above; but take it apart and wear one on the front and one on the back. You know. For times when you don’t feel like using ALL your super powers and relying on ring slings to do the trick. Straps and buckles sometimes are a LIFESAVER for twin parents.)

Baby Trend Snap n’ Go Stroller System

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We’re still using this until we move to the convertible car seats (maybe stash away a Target or Amazon card now for this big purchase – we need four, so we’ve been saving any we get for this!). Literally, snap the carseats in and off you go. We bought ours second hand and the bottom netting is falling apart bad, but this stroller has been everywhere so we can’t complain. Check it out here: Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame

The Twin Z Pillow

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Whether or not mama is nursing, the TWIN Z Pillow will come in handy. Our girls LOVE to sit in it, but I love how helpful it is while nursing and Greg uses it for bottle feeds. Win, win.

Extra diapers

There are never enough size 2 and size 3 diapers given at baby showers. And pregnant mom has no desire to waddle into the store are return newborns to get a box of 3’s. Nope. Neither does the mom of 10 month olds. If the babies will be in cloth, grab some detergent (like our current favorite, Eco Sprout Laundry Detergent) for them. Heck, bonus points for giving some free and clear detergent for all of the babies’ new clothes everyone else is sure to give! (Clothes are AWESOME, but there are some staples we need, too!) 😉

Other Goodies

Small things that make a big difference include:

  • Bottles and a drying rack
  • Socks – we can never find four at a time
  • Swaddles (I can’t speak enough about muslin blankets like these ones from aden + anais)
  • Burp cloths
  • Dishwasher detergent and/or dish soap (consider ordering from our Norwex Rep!)
  • Grocery gift cards (then they can get diapers, formula, baby food pouches – them things are expensive but SO easy for feeding! – as they are needed later on down the road)
  • Babysitting service for a date night at 3 months, 6 months and just before the year (or more if you can really handle multiples!)

Ok, twin moms! What did I miss? What do you think about my list of gift ideas for newborn twins? Please share and tell me below. If I have tried it, I’ll add to this list. If I haven’t, I’d love to test new things out.

9 Months

It can’t get any more real than this, can it? My babies are 9 months old. (Hint, it can. And it does. Just wait for tomorrow…)

While this picture it’s pinterestperfect, it’s pretty darn spectacular. Ava and Isla are both sitting up, crawling, babbling (primarily in their twin code), and eating anything they can get their hands on. I can tell all of that just from the photo (see Isla’s red knee?) Just ignore the baby food on the carpet and Ava’s socks. 😉 

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But…what you might not be able to tell from my angle is that Isla is 1.5 inches taller than Ava and has a larger head. Ava, the dear one who gave us so many worries with her weight, weighs about half a pound more than Isla. Both continue to be small for their age, growing on their own curve, but growing. As twins, and Willis’ kids, tend to do.

Both Greg and I are pretty impressed with our girls. Unfortunately, Arianna beat them all at the walking thing, but they still have four months to go before they are the age Evan walked (13 months). Anyone want to guess who might be first? Or how soon? I’ll just be over here not thinking about the fact that college is basically right around the corner, mmmkay? 

Seriously though, I have to thank all of you for your prayers, love and support as these two grew (both inside and out). I’m constantly amazed at how awesome they are…and am still pinching myself that they’re ours. xoxo

38 Weeks: The Outside Version

The twins have now been on the outside for longer than they were inside.

It’s incredible to think about how quickly they have grown and become two amazing blessings. Time’s flown so much that I’m not sure I’ve shared with you that…

Ava…

  • Has started to crawl. She still prefers belly rolls and army crawls to anything else.
  • Said her first word, Isla, a few weeks back.
  • Weighs more than Isla (what?).
  • Is still attached to her (self-named) “Neeny” (aka “LaLa”). So much so that it stinks and when we wash it and try to trick her with Isla’s giraffe, she gets upset. It’s starting to come apart, so a new one is in order. Wish us luck.
  • Is wearing 9 month clothes.
  • Is still the quiet one (are we surprised).

Isla…

  • Needs baby gates. She is crawling all over and has been known to do down dogs. The day of pulling herself up is fast approaching.
  • Says lots of words, but still prefers Dada to any other word. Especially when Mama is mean and is paying attention to that other baby.
  • Tries to get into Ava’s crib. Or at the least, pull her blankets and toys off of her.
  • Is wearing 9 month clothes.
  • Squawks. We’re not sure if she is part dinosaur, seagull, or parrot, but she’s s squawker.

Thirty-eight weeks. I can’t even comprehend it. It’s about time to start planning their first birthday party, huh? Sigh. They warned me this would happen, but even as a third-time mom, I didn’t believe them.

Happy 38 weeks (plus a few days), girls. xoxo

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Twins On the Move with Huggies Little Movers

Thank you to Huggies for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Huggies Little Movers Diapers.

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Oh. Hey Mom. What’d you bring us today? Diapers. Huh.

You’d think I would have been way more prepared for this, but the twins are on the move and it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep my ‘lil movers safe and happy in the house. Evan’s been out of this stage for almost three years PLUS we’re in a new house, so we have to think about:

  • Gating the stairs
  • Making corners of tables and stands safe with bumpers (Isla ALMOST face-planted into one yesterday)
  • Covering up outlets
  • Having toys to distract and attract the babies
  • What going out in public is going to mean
  • Having a secure diaper (little hips lead to diaper gaps around here)
  • Having the camera ready for those first big crawls and (gulp) steps

Both Ava and Isla are in the active baby stage. They’ve been rolling over and scooting to get the things they want, but in the last week, both have decided it’s time to start taking some crawl-steps. Although we don’t have marathon babies yet, the day is coming. They are definitely Little Movers, and it’s time to set baby free to explore their world!

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As I mentioned, we’re giving Huggies Little Movers Diapers a try. Honestly, the diapers start at size 3 (16 pounds), but our girls aren’t quite that heavy yet. When I put one on them, however, they did fit their waists and didn’t leave gaps where it matters (crawling = the potential to spread pee and poop around, have I mentioned our living room is basically all white carpet and furniture?). These diapers have an outstanding grip and provide plenty of wetness protection that I’m comfortable with them giving these a try for their “tummy time” moments that are leading into the crawling away in opposite direction stage.

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Our Twins are ON THE MOVE.

We used Little Movers with the Big Kids, but Huggies reformulated the diapers since then:

The new Huggies Little Movers Diapers have a Moving Baby System* for outstanding grip, fit, and wetness protection which absorbs on contact, so babies get the most out of every little move as they begin to kick, roll, crawl and walk.

*Huggies Little Movers Moving Baby System is made up of three key features:
• A DryTouch Liner that absorbs on contact
• Double Grip Strips for comfortable movement and a comfy fit that lasts
• Contoured Shape for freedom of movement

Do you have a ‘lil one on the move? Join in the Capture the Joy of Movement with Huggies #SetBabyFree campaign on Facebook and other social media by sharing your photos of them on the move. I’d be interested in seeing, too, so be sure to tag me (@lilburghers) when you tweet or (@mrsgregwillis) Instagram. You just might be featured on Huggies’ social media pages!

 

Guess it’s time to stop calling them my newborns, huh?

Isla's just about as shocked as her mama. :)
Isla’s just about as shocked as her mama. 🙂

28 Weeks, Already?

This week simply flew by. Probably doubly as fast as the last 28 Weeks have because…

Vacation.

Teething. Ouch.

First cold.

Another first cold. Passing germs is fun.

Clearly having outgrown all their newborn and 0 to 3 clothes.

First time not being able to keep up with the cloth diapers (see teething).

And it is already almost the 29 week mark. Where is time going?

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The Twins: On the Move

We can technically call this an un-official 6 month post. The twins are on the move!

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Our little ladies have developed so much in the past month. The picture above was yesterday, moments before AVA started to wrestle Isla (after Isla stole LaLa) and then Isla army crawled away and got stuck under a chair. I call out that it was Ava because she has been so gentle and loving, like a dog to its child-master, allowing Isla to climb on her, kick her, and steal her paci. Yesterday? She had enough.

If you remember, Ava rolled over early, 2.5 months. Isla wasn’t long after. That’s been Ava’s usual move to get where she wants; however, Isla is belly scooting / army crawling all over the place. She’s even testing the up on all fours stance. Mama isn’t ready for all this!

Something you can’t see but can hear is that Ava is becoming more vocal and that Isla is talking! Isla’s first word was Mom and she said it last Saturday (6 months and 1 day) with meaning because I wasn’t paying attention to her scooting. Greg and Dana can vouch. On Sunday she then told Grammie who I was and it’s been “Mom! MOM! MOMMMMMM!”. She’s also said hi and a few sounds like Isla and bye Ava. While every mom wishes their baby would say mom first, dad is often first….sorry, Greg. You’ve got 50% so far, let’s bet on Ava?!? My guess is Ava will talk soon as well…she’s trying non-verbal (like shaking her head at Greg when my milk ran out after she fed late last night) and getting antzy.

Both babies are teething. Ava has a top tooth coming in (new as of this morning) and Isla has a top and very sharp bottom. Ouch.

Other stats will be checked at the end of the month, but they clearly are still on their own chart.

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Happy 6 months, girls!

Smart Connect™ Cradle ’n Swing

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Is it possible for a 4-month-old to fall in love with something? Because if so, that’s exactly what Miss Isla Joy did with the 4-in-1 Smart Connect™ Cradle ’n Swing from Fisher-Price. It was love at first sight when we met the team at Blogger Bash NYC, and we clearly had to get our hands on one. It was absolute zen from our girl who has a 10-minute limit for holding still.

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Isla at Blogger Bash

She loved it so much that she interrupted an interview with Anne Geddes just because she could see the mobile from the corner of her eye. One can’t make this up.

And ever since the swing arrived? Well, she’s got a careful eye on it and has been known to have some jealousy issues when Ava is in it. But really? Who could blame her? It feels super soft and is roomy (our girls are under/over 10 pounds, but it’s made for babies up to 25 pounds).

 

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And adorable print / color. Don’t you just love the Techno Gray™?

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As for safety, the clips to hold baby in are probably just as safe as the seat belt in their car seat. Because of that extra slip-through feature, I am not worried about pinching my fingers when closing it, either.

 

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The gentle motions of the swing in addition to soft lights and soothing music make for a perfect formula of sensory stimulation.

 

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It also can be a rocker as the base comes off and can be ported around your home when needed. Like when you’re cooking dinner.

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All you have to do is lift it off the base. I fretted about how to do this then realized I just had to put one hand on the top and the other on the bottom and lift. It’s super light. And super portable. In fact, I saw a grandmother on a sidewalk in NYC with her ‘lil baby in the rocker when I was walking back to my hotel after BBNYC. She agreed when I said “BEST SWING EVER!”.

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Oh. And how have I not told you the best part yet? (You wondered how it could be better?) Well…you can control the swing from an app on your phone or tablet (Android and Apple). This lets you adjust speed, lights, music, and even time that the swing runs. (You can’t do this from your office and freak out your SAH-husband, though. You have to be about 6 feet away to pair it, but can actually operate it from another room in the house if it is powered on. This does mean you can freak out the big kids when it starts moving all on its own…)

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Greg adds that he loves how easy it was to put together and unlike some other products we’ve gotten for baby (also in the Fisher-Price family), we didn’t need batteries…because it plugs in.

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For the official information on the 4-in-1 Smart Connect™ Cradle ’n Swing, I’ll defer to the Fisher-Price experts (from the product description):

It’s a swing! And it’s a rocker you can control from your smart device!

 

Experience innovation at its finest. Two swinging motions, side-to-side or traditional head-to-toe. Two soothing, rocking motions. Two-position recline. 16 songs and a variety of nature sounds. Overhead mobile with lights. All controlled from your smart device. Baby, that’s genius.

 

Just open the app and control the swing right from the palm of your hand. It’s the newest and best way to let sleeping babies do what they were born to do (at least in the early weeks!).

 

SmartSwing Technology offers 6 distinct swinging speeds from low to high so you can find the perfect rhythm to help soothe baby, whether swinging side-to-side (like a cradle) or head-to-toe. When baby’s ready to rock, just remove the rocker seat, set it on the floor and baby can enjoy either of two rocking motions.

 

16 songs, 3 nature sounds, and deluxe overhead mobile with light-up birdies (one with a mirrored belly) help keep baby entertained for hours.

Can you tell that we are all in love? The only thing we don’t like about it? Only having one. 🙂

 

A very happy #lilburghers Daddy watching over his happy baby girl. Thank you @fisherprice for making our #twins happy! We love our 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing! #sponsored
 

Making a baby-shower registry? Need a good group gift? This is it. I promise. And it’s available right now over on Amazon – so get your’s in that cart!

You can find out more about the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Smart Connect™ Cradle ’n Swing at Fisher-Price.com. This particular one retails for $200, but there are other versions as well.

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