This guide has been put together by a mum who has had multiples and a nanny, who has got the most enormous amount of experience with families of multiples. It is a list of items they have found useful to have that are different to if you were expecting a single baby.
Lara – mum to 7 year old triplets
- Double breast pump
- Donations of clothes from friends
- One bowl and one spoon for weaning.
- Jars to freeze food for weaning, ice cube trays aren’t big enough.
- A larger car
- Isofix much less hassle for strapping in.
- This is a tricky one it’s mainly three of everything!
Amanda, nanny to 25+ sets of twins and 9 sets of triplets, and counting!
- Plenty of generic outfits. – Spread the outfits between changing areas and the nappy bag. Having plenty gives you time to wash and dry with out running out.
- A good multiple pram – find a pram that will fit through your front door and fold into the boot of your car. Having a good system can be a life saver that helps you get out and about.
- Car seats – when buying your pram first think about if you want a car seat/pram travel system. This is where the car seat clips onto the frame of the pram (this may also include clipping into an isofix for the car) However, this system can sometimes make the pram so wide it can’t fit through a standard door.
- Nappy bag – find a good nappy bag that will hold everything you will need for a trip out. Or consider two smaller bags, one for feeding and one to store everything else. You can have your nappy bag arranged before the birth with nappies, wipes, cotton wool, nappy sacks, change of outfits, muslins, antibacterial gel, snack for you and bottle of water. Add feed and medical books when the babies arrive if needed.
- Good feeding system – if your going to breastfeed then a feeding pillow that suits your body type is essential, as one size does not fit all. If your going to bottle or mix feed then options that I often opt for are baby Bjorn chairs or the boppy pillows.
- Muslins – you just can’t have enough to of these!
- Bottles – if your going to need bottles and buy all the same brand then telling who’s bottle is who’s can be tricky. You can buy microwaveable, dishwasher safe labels or simply stick a different coloured tape on each bottle.
- Baby bathing – I always find with multiples it’s worth buying bath seats, they stack when not in use and saves space.
- Feeding app or diary – something to keep record of all those feeds, awake, sleep, developments, milestones and worries. I always keep notes on each baby and take those notes along for Dr appointments if needed etc.
- Feeding time basket or box – pop in, muslins, bibs (if needed) change of baby outfits, water for you and some little snacks. Pop in the any thing you will need when feeding that you can keep at arms reach.
- Baby monitor – find a good baby monitor that will work in your home quite easily. Some parents prefer to have video monitors but it’s best you go with something that works for you.
- Sleeping arrangement – where are they going to sleep? Quite often it’s worth setting up a place for them to sleep upstairs and downstairs for the early stages of life. This arrangement can be cots upstairs and travel costs down stairs or if you have a pram with bassinets you can use those.
- Sterilising – I alway think it’s worth having a steam steriliser and a microwave steriliser so you can get the sterilising done in one go. I also recommend have some Milton tablets with a 5ltr washing up bowl as back up in case of a power cut.
- Nappies – buy your nappies in bulk from the beginning as this can save money along with baby wipes and cotton wool.
- Be organised – Do as much as possible before hand. Look at your home and visualise how you think each area will work for you as a family. If you have several floors/levels do you need changing areas, places for babies to sleep and play in those areas. Do you need boxes to place things in or a second changing table. Organise as much as possible before so you can start using these areas straight away when the babies come home.
- Prepare your grocery shopping list ahead of time. When your tired and have little time on your hands these tasks seem to take the longest. Buy food that is easy to prep and cook but still healthy, filling and tasty. You can even pre cook and freeze food before hand.