They say it takes a village to raise one child, but it might take a little more than that to raise twins or triplets. Indeed, having multiple newborn babies is a completely different experience, and it comes with its own set of challenges. But more the merrier — and family size isn’t exempt from this age-old adage. Fortunately, the right gear can do a world of good in making your multiples’ experience a breeze. Here are some essential tools to add to your parenting arsenal.
Triplet Car Seats
It goes without saying that you’re going to need one car seat per baby, but remember that not all seats are made equal. Choose one that is especially designed for small babies so your little ones stay secure, especially when you’re bringing them home from the hospital for the very first time. In this regard, the Diono is compact and narrow enough for twins, but can also be adjusted to fit up to three.
In the beginning, you might find that twins prefer sleeping with each other, but twin cots tend to be more expensive and harder to find. Instead, look for a cot that can grow with your newborns so you get more value for your money. This twin cot from Pamco has a removable panel so your babies won’t lose sight of each other. But the best part is that you can convert it into two single beds once your children grow a little bigger, extending its use beyond your babies’ first few years.
There are lots of benefits to choosing a double pram. Not only is it easier to maneuver, but it also takes up less space whether you take it with you on the bus or down the neighborhood. The collection of double prams on iCandy balances function with style, both of which are important for taking twins out for walks and making sure they are safe in their buggies. They are built to keep them as comfortable and secure as possible without compromising your mobility. You can even easily convert them to a single pram if you need to.
Large Nappy Bag
Because you’ll be packing multiples of everything, especially nappies, you’re going to need a bag that can hold them all. The Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag has you covered both in the style and function departments. If you’re torn between a backpack or a shoulder nappy bag, this one helps you get the best of both worlds. In seconds, you can convert it from a backpack to a messenger bag. It also boasts multiple insulated bottle pockets to keep your newborns’ feeding bottles fresh, along with other pockets for your personal items.
Skin-to-skin contact with your babies is one of the most important things you can do, so a carrier is an absolute essential. While it is designed for singles, the popular Boba wrap can also be used to carry both of your bundles of joy at once. Just be sure to tie it on properly, ensuring that both or all three of them are snug and secure.
For more essential tips on how to raise your multiples, check out our previous post here on Birmingham Mommy.