My Newborn Twin Must Haves

When I was pregnant, I searched for others’ favorite items for their babies. I found a lot of posts for singletons but not as many posts & lists for multiples. So in order for me to remember {baby brain & sleep deprivation} & to help other multi mommas, here’s my must have list for the first three months.

{I linked to Amazon because they have it all, but check prices at other places. None of these links or items are affliated nor sponsored.}

Breastfeeding

The my brestfriend twin pillow. Have it in the car so you can learn to feed them on it in the hospital. I was tandem feeding the babes on the mybrestfriend pillow when they were just 5 days old. And 4r months later, I still have it strapped to me for hours every day.

Medela Symphony for at home & establishing supply. Medela Freestyle for travel & portability if you go back to work. You can read my Symphony vs Freestyle review.

Hands-free Pumping Bra. You have 2+ babies. You can never have enough hands. These bras {get more than 1} allow me to tweet, blog, FB chat, & read while pumping.

Nipple Shields. I know a lot of LCs & others in the breastfeeding world frown on these, but my babies were little & born too early to know how to latch/suck/swallow/breath at the same time. These helped them immensely to breastfeed. I was told on their due date to try to start “weaning” them off the shields. I’d remove the shield halfway through a feeding when they took a break, but if they seemed unhappy with that, I’d put it back on. Feeding babies over feeding babies without shield. Right at 3 months, Lucy started taking all feedings without the shield. A couple weeks later, Zach started nursing better without it as well. Get these from the hospital so you don’t have to buy them.

Burp Cloths aka old school flat cloth diapers. We got a ton as gifts & blow through them all. The nipple shields are great {see above}, but they leak~ out the bottom, out of the baby’s mouth. & I think mine are messy eaters, so I’d put a cloth under them to protect the my brestfriend pillow cover.

Sleeping

Fisher Price Rock-n-Play sleepers. Mine slept exclusively in these for most of the first 3 months.

Wubbanubs. With multiples, pacifiers get lost, misplaced, mixed up easily. But it’s easy to find & remember that Zach has the tiger & Lucy the lamb. Zach is a huge fan & will hug tiger to sleep. Lucy likes the Wubba more than any paci but can go without.

Swaddle blankets. We liked the aden + anais ones & these other ones given to us but purchased from Home Goods. We used them all the time when they were in the Rock-n-plays.

SwaddleMe. Now they’re in the crib to sleep, we wrap them in the swaddleme nightly. They’ve always liked their hands out, so we swaddled from chest down. Lucy is almost too big for them & it makes me sad!

Clothing

I like gowns the best for night~ just pull them up from the bottom for changes. My husband didn’t like that gowns meant socks & that they could kick out.

My husband prefers snapped sleepers {zippered ones bumped up & would touch espeically Zach’s chin making him think it was time to eat aka not sleep}.

Diapering

I can’t say enough about cloth. I have a few reviews coming up on my favorite types for them as newborns & now that we’re in daycare. But safe to say that we’ve saved a ton of money by going with cloth. Zach also hasn’t gotten the blisters again after we’ve switched him from pampers to cloth. Neither have had any diaper rashes either.

Wetbags. We have pail liner in the nursery, hanging bag in den & two portable bags for daycare. Love them all.

Leaving the Nest

Carriers. We have two Ergo carriers & a Moby wrap. To be perfectly honest, we didn’t get out much at first. It was either raining or 100 degrees outside for June & July. And with tiny babies, we stayed home just trying to get through the day. But once I began venturing out {I started with taking one baby at a time & had a helper with me}, these were great.

The Moby was the first carrier I tried. I think it says 8 lbs plus, but I had Lucy in it sooner or about that around the house. Wearing Lucy in the Moby was sweaty for us both in August, but now that September & cooler weather has hit, it’s easy to wrap at home, put either L or Z the car seat & place them in the wrap without help at the store. No one but me has used the Moby.

The Ergo is more friendly to Dads & grandparents to use. My mom wore it vacuuming while Lucy slept early on. I did not buy the infant insert. It was on my purchase list that got discarded in the hospital. Instead, I’d wrap them almost swaddle them in the blanket in the carrier. Between three & four months, they started fitting well without anything. We wear them in it to the store, on walks to the mailbox & around the house so I can make lunch!

Snap-n-go Double Stroller. Make sure your car seats will fit with it. Our Britax B-safes don’t. But we have Graco seats that we don’t use in the car that fit in the snap-n-go. So the few walks we’ve taken are in that & it’s really convenient.

I’m sure there’s more but that’s what comes to mind first. Feel free to comment or email me if you have questions about anything above. I’ll try to do another similar post in a few months of our next stage must haves {what do you think I need?}.

Zach: Four Months

Zachy poo is still our little guy. At his four month appt this week, we learned he’s still not quite on the growth charts for weight for his age. Our pediatrician isn’t concerned since he’s gaining weight well & following his own growth curve. Zach now weighs 11lb 7oz {which is almost triple his birth weight}. He did make the chart for height though! At 23.5 inches, he’s around the 15th percentile. Definitely our lil bean pole.

We’ll continue to fortify his pumped breastmilk bottles for daycare with a teaspoon of preemie formula. He’s taking bottles fairly well for daycare. We feel like his reflux is getting better but daycare has laughingly mentioned him being a lil high maintenance {we think due to him taking breaks & needing to be burped multiple times a feeding}. Our breastfeeding relationship has been awesome lately. He’s doing great there.

Zach loves his wubbanub. So much so that we’ve recently bought back ups. So now he has a tiger & a monkey to suck on. You’ll be pressed to find a photo of him where the wubba isn’t close by.

He goes down great around 8-10p & likes to sleep on his side.  Zach’s yet to completely sleep through the night, but for the most part, I’ve gotten to enjoy he & I’s quiet time nursing around 330a. We’ve gotten it down pat: disposable diaper change, nursing, him sitting up/burping while I pump, then both of us back to sleep for another hour or two or three {my dream!}.

Zach is our tummy time champ. With a boppy under him, he’s holding his head & chest up looking around. He likes the bouncy seat, play mat & the little swings at daycare too. But his teachers say & we know that he likes to be held best. And with his gummy tongue out smile or tiny pouty lip & batting those long eyelashes, we will gladly plop him in our laps or next to us in a boppy. Or his favorite is standing & squatting while we hold him up. The doctor was impressed with this development skill of his.

I recently gave up squeezing him into NB clothes & packed those up for his two sets of to-be twin boy friends. He’s now wearing 0-3 clothes well, Carters skinny 3 month fit great & he’s growing into some 3-6 outfits of which onesies can act like shorts too.

We’ve kept Zach in Huggies Natural diapers at night but he wears cloth diapers during the day. Skinny sized AppleCheeks diapers {review to come soon!} & our two Itti Bitti diapers fit our lil guy so well.

Lucy: Four Months

Miss Lucy girl keeps us on our toes. She loves people & doesn’t like being alone or unwatched. Her ‘chatting’ has reached new levels. It’s hilarious, unless it’s 3a like now & she’s ooohhhing & cooing. But she’s so cute & smiley about her chats that you can’t be annoyed.

I think she’s discovered her fingers within the past week or so. All the sudden, she’s staring at them in addition to shoving them in her mouth. She’s also an occasional thumb sucker as well as enjoying her wubba which she likes but can live without.

Lucy has adjusted to daycare swimmingly. Eating for others? No problem. She takes all of her four ounces bottles. Then coming home & switching back to the boob like the eating champ she is. She’s gotten pretty efficient breastfeeding – ten to twenty minutes. She’s started this thing of spitting up. More after the fact than immediately that we plan to ask her pediatrician about Wed {we asked he called her a Happy Spitter & said no worries}.

Speaking of the pediatrician, at the appointment yesterday, she weighed in at 13lb 11oz & was 24.5 inches long. I believe that’s in the 25-50 percentile for her actual age & more like 50-75% for adjusted age! Because of her on-the-chartness, we no longer have to fortify her bottles. Yay Lucy!

Our baby girl will sleep 6-8 hours straight. Earlier this week, she was exhausted from daycare, fell asleep at 7 & decided 330 am was a good time to get up for the day! But typically she’ll fall asleep on the way home from daycare, nap for a bit in her car seat or swing while I unpack from the day, nurse & hang out for a bit before going to sleep between 8-10p & getting up between 5-730a. I’m quite thankful for this sleeper!

She has fun playing on the play mat {although still not a tummy time fan}, will tolerate a bouncy seat & our infant-to-toddler rockers. Daycare says she likes the excaucer but we haven’t put ours at home together yet. She loves the swing, especially if she can glimpse a view of the TV from it. Girl is a fan of football already. Not sure if its the green grass background or just colors in general but it cracks us up.

Lucy wears mostly size three month clothes with the occasional 0-3 & 3-6 mixed in. I’ve been trying to work in NB dresses as tops/tunics with baby jeans or leggings, but she doesn’t like tight necks over her head.

She’s still in size 1 baby dry disposables for overnights. But cloth diapers all day at daycare {post on this to come!} & evenings & weekends home with us. As of this week, we’re officially calling her as outgrown the XS Thirsties covers. The M Bumgenius AIOs {thanks for letting us borrow Poe} fit her pretty well already even though were still squeezing her in the size 0 kissaluvs.

Happy four months {posted six days late}, baby girl! {updating with photo later I promise}

Maternity Photos

I decided a couple weeks ago that I wanted some maternity photos done. The only photos I had to document this pregnancy were self-portraits & I didn’t have a single photo with the husband. I turned to twitter for thoughts on maternity pics, was it too late & to see if any of my photography friends were available. Thankfully my friend & Chi O sorority sister, Nicole Faby was available for Sunday week ago {at 31w1d}.

Here’s a few of my favorites from our mini session. I’m so thankful we had these done!!

February Photo a Day

I meant to post this weekly. Then I thought I’d post on the 10th, 20th & 30th; then on the 15th & today. But yeah, February flew by & here’s my photos of each day {except days 9, 15, 21 & 28}.

Since my captions are so small ~ here’s the Feb challenge guide. I’m linking up with Fat Mum Slim {who’s started a March photo a day today}.

Seventeen Weeks

I went to a sprinkle yesterday {a 2nd baby shower} & took photos once I’d gotten home from there & updating our Target registry. This is a new tunic I found on super sale at Boden. Love it & wish I’d bought another one! How far along? 17w1d

Maternity clothes? Oh yeah. Normal T-shirts are starting to show the bump underneath!

Weight Gain? up a little more than 16 pounds at the last appt. Don’t weigh myself at home.

Stretch Marks? none yet.

Sleep? Doing pretty good.

Movement? Still not sure that I’m feeling them but not sure that I’m not either.

Genders? Still thinking boys/girls mixture but we’ll see for sure next Tuesday.

What I Miss? Nothing at the moment.

Food cravings? Fruit & carbs taste best. I throw in veggies & protein because I have to. I’m planning a “what I eat for triplets” post soon.

Food aversion? Still haven’t eaten Mexican food but I did have salsa yesterday & it was yummy.

Labor signs? No, thankfully.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie.

What I’m Looking Forward to? Showers soon~ can’t wait to celebrate these trips with friends! & seeing the babies at the 1/31 appointment.

Weekly Wisdom? Feeling great these past few days. Started having some reflux at the beginning of the week, but Tums {or CVS brand Tums} are doing the job to make it better so far. So weekly wisdom, don’t suffer through reflux/indigestion unnecessarily.

Milestones? 17 weeks!! That means halfway to our goal of 34 weeks! The babies {according to baby center} are the weight/size of turnips. And this week they’re developing sweat glands {hope they’re not sweaters like their momma-to-be!