What a six months it has been. Olivia and I have learned more in the last 6 months than we have in our combined 70 years on this planet. The first half year with twins was fun packed and there was never a dull moment. When you have newborns, especially twins, you need to buy a lot of products to save you time, make your life easier, and less messy. I have put together this list of “Newborn Baby Must Haves” that made our life easier, hopefully, it will help you too. The list is in no particular order and represents, mostly Olivia’s, in-depth product research. Most of the products are for newborns but some are specific to twins like no.2, the Bugaboo Donkey.
What is it? A baby carrier/body wrap that will keep your baby close to your body, while keeping your hands free.
Why do you need it? It replicates the womb and your babies will sleep within minutes of entering it. It’s also comfortable, stylish and reasonably priced.
How much is it? $65/€60/£50
Secret Tip: Use it when you want to stop your baby crying and/or you need to do household chores.
What is it? The Ferrari of twin buggies/strollers. Nuf said. The Price says it all.
Why do you need it? Because if you have twins this wonderful piece of engineering will make your life so much easier.
How much is it? I would rather not say. Let’s just say that you could buy a decent second-hand car for the same price. Okay, I will say it’s about $1800/€1600/£1400.
Secret Tip: Use the adjustable handle grips to make the buggy smaller in crowded spaces.
What are they? You live in one. No, just kidding, they are the little undergarments that cover your babies body and hold the nappy in place.
Why do you need it? These little items of clothing are necessary. You can never have enough of them. They are the things that stop Poonamis reaching the outside World.
How much are they? Cheap as chips. You can get three for $10/€9/£8.
Secret Tip: Get the bodies that clip across the stomach as opposed to going over the head. Babies always wriggle and squirm when you try and put clothes over their head.
What is it? A U-lock and a chain that attaches to the U-Lock. You will recognise these locks from bicycles.
Why do you need it? Bugaboos are pricey. You do not want some opportunistic thief stealing your investment.
How much is it? About $50/€45/£40
Secret Tip: Get a long chain that can lock the many detachable parts of the Bugaboo.
What is it? A Playmat that is inspired by the jungle. It has animal cartoons on the floor and frame that replicates the jungle canopy, from which hang multiple animals and rattles for the babies.
Why do you need it? The music and animals help your baby to relax and improve their hand-eye coordination.
How much is it? $60/€54/£48
Secret Tip: Playing the Jungle sounds as Twinkle Twinkle little star on repeat will do your head in. Play the soothing jungle sounds instead.
What is it? A Bouncer in which you baby can sit from birth.
Why do you need it? It’s ergonomic design, bouncability and ease of storage make it a must for any parent. It is great for rocking your baby to sleep.
How much is it? $180/€160/£140
Secret Tip: Get the Toy for the babies to play with. It attaches on and keeps the babies entertained. It also substitutes as a bottle holder. Very handy when you have twins. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TOY THAT ATTACHES TO THE BOUNCER
What is it? A child seat for the table for feeding.
Why do you need it? This child seat is a necessity. Your baby can sit with you at the table and when the time comes it is perfect for feeding your baby solids.
How much is it? $250/€220/£200.
Secret Tip: When it comes to feeding the babies solids. Get the covers.
What is it? The best bottles for your baby. They come in 120 ml, 240ml and are available in plastic or glass.
Why do you need it? Babies gotta eat.
How much are they? $25/€22/£20 for 9.
Secret Tip: The bigger bottles are better for holding on the Baby Björn toy.
99.Phillips Advent Natur tops
What is it? The tops of the babies bottles. Think of them as rubber nipples.
Why do you need it? Babies gotta drink. There are different sizes for different ages and they disperse different quantities of milk.
How much is it? $4/€3.50/£3
Secret Tip: If your baby has colic then you can get special tips that can help prevent it.
1010.Phillips Avent Steamer and Blender
What is it? A Steamer and Blender in one. This device is amazing. You can steam your vegetables, fruit and or meat and then blend it straight after.
Why do you need it? It saves a lot of time and hassle with washing up.
How much is it? $300/€267/£235
Secret Tip: Use the portions from the instructional book that comes with it. The other baby recipes books have great recipes but they portions are usually too big for the blender/steamer.
1111. Baby Feeding Books
What are they? Books with recipes for your baby on what to eat and when.
Why do you need it? Because you will be clueless on what to feed your baby otherwise.
How much are they? About €18/€16/£14
Secret Tip: “Lotta Lernt Essen”, and “Kochen für Kinder” are what we use. They are both in German but you can see other options below.
1212. Thermos Flask
What is it? A Thermal Flask that keeps water warm.
Why do you need it? It makes making bottles at night or during the day much easier.
How much is it? $23/€20/£18
Secret Tip: Always keep it full.
1313. For Guys, a good Nappy/Diaper Bag
What is it? A Nappy or Diaper bag for when you are on the road.
Why do you need it? How the hell are you going to carry your nappies, wipes, bottles, and all of the other baby paraphernalia?
How much is it? It varies, I bought the one above for €50/$56/£44
Secret Tip: Get one that has two big bottle holders. One for warm water and one for cold water.
1414.For Girls, and good Diaper/Nappy Bag
What is it? A practical bag for carrying baby stuff. It can be stylish but it’s more about practicality than anything else. I know this is hard to hear but you may have to substitute style for practicality. Sorry! Actually no I am not. It is time to grow up.
Why do you need it? To transport the bundles of things that the modern baby needs.
How much is it? €100/€90/€80.
Secret Tip: The bigger and the more compartments the better.
What is it? Rubber soothers/pacifiers that are made from all natural BPA free Chuck.
Why do you need it? Not all babies need them. We have twins. Our boy Max needs one to fall asleep and Mathilda does not.
How much are they? $9/€8/£7
Secret Tip: Get a chain so they do not keep losing it. Do not let them sleep with the chain though to avoid choking hazards.
1616.Baby Soother Chain
What is it? A chain to secure the soother/pacifier to your baby.
Why do you need it? So you can always find the soother/pacifier.
How much is it? $20/€18/£16
Secret Tip: Keep it on at all times, except when they are sleeping.
1717. A Changing mat for the nursery.
What is it? A mat on which to change your baby at home.
Why do you need it? To avoid getting crap all over your bed, couch or wherever you would change your baby without a mat.
How much is it? It varies but somewhere around $15/€13/£12.
Secret Tip: Get a cheap one and put a nice cover on it.
1818. A Changing mat for on the road
What is it? A mat for changing your baby on the road. This is a very useful item to have in your baby changing satchel.
Why do you need it? To avoid changing your baby on dirty surfaces.
How much is it? A pack of reusable Pampers changing mats will set you back $25/€22/£20
Secret Tip: You can reuse them many times as you want, as long as they are not covered in excrement.
1919. Portable Feeding Bibs.
What is it? An outer bib that attaches to your babies bib or clothes.
Why do you need it? For the first few months of feeding your baby solids, it will be wild, totally wild, as wild as the most feral of animals. Feeding time is a mess, and when you are on the road, these portable bibs will help you to avoid most of the falling food.
How much are they? Around $7/€6/£5.50
Secret Tip: These bibs are reusable as long as they do not get too destroyed with food.
What is it? The beautiful hanging piece of art that hangs above your babies bed.
Why do you need it? It’s something for your baby to focus on as they lay in their bed
How much is it? €40/£35/$44
Secret Tip: Get the Konges Sloejd Mobile. They look great.
2121. Mobile for the Buggy
What is it? This is a Universal Mobile that can hang from your pushchair.
Why do you need it? It will give your baby something to focus on when they are on the go.
How much is it? €35/$39/£30
Secret Tip: Use a piece of fabric or rubber to help hold it in place.
2222. Dr Böhm Spoons
What is it? Very soft rubber spoons that are easy on your babies gums.
Why do you need it? Most other spoons are too hard and can hurt your baby.
How much is it? €7/$8/£6.
Secret Tip: Get different colours if you have twins to differentiate between which baby owns which.
2323. Muslin Towels
What is it? Towels to wipe up puke, food and all other bodily fluids that your baby will omit.
Why do you need them? As above, you will go through about three per day, per child.
How much is it? €2/£1.70/$2.25 per towel.
Secret Tip: Get loads and loads of them. We have at least thirty.
2424. Baby washcloths
What are they? Cloths for washing your baby at bath time.
Why do you need them? Babies are dirty, you will need to bath them 2-3 times per week. Cloths will help you to clean the dirt from their baby fat rolls.
How are much are they? $15/€17/£12 for a pack of 6.
Secret Tip: When bathing use two cloths. One should lay on your babies body, this gives them security, and one to wash them with.
2525. Water Filter
What is it? A filter to purify your tap water.
Why do you need it? To ensure your baby is getting clean water.
How much is it? €28/€24/£22
Secret Tip: The Britta water filter is very good. Make sure it fits in your fridge first. You can also get a filter tap attached into your water mains in the kitchen.
2626. Winter Suits
What are they? Full Body Suits for Winter.
Why do you need them? For those that live in places with cold Winters, you will not be able to leave the house without them. Very small babies, especially preemies struggle to regulate body temperature.
How much are they? €80/$90/£70
Secret Tip: Get the Reima Winter Suits. They are good for weather as low as -10 degrees Celsius/14 Farenheit.
2727. Baby Beds
What is it? A bed in which your baby can sleep.
Why do you need it? Your baby needs to sleep.
How much is it? The price varies. We bought an Ikea one for €80/£70/$90.
Secret Tip: Get a good mattress and sleeping bag
What is it? A mattress for your baby to sleep comfortably on.
Why do you need it? You want your baby to sleep as much as possible.
How much is it? $80/€90/£70
Secret Tip: Put a sheet under the sheets to avoid getting the mattress stained by baby fluids.
2929. Sleep Sac
What is it? It is like a sleeping bag that your baby can use instead of duvet.
Why do you need it? It makes sure that your baby will not roll over during the night.
How much is it? $20/€17/£16
Secret Tip: Get one with removable arms. It can be changed seasonally.
What is it? A steriliser for your babies bottles.
Why do you need it? To disinfect your babies bottles
How much is it? $85/€75/£67
Secret Tip: Make sure to clean your bottles every 48 hours and the machine once per week.
3131.Phillips bottle dryer
What is it? A tree to dry your bottles on.
Why do you need it? To dry your bottles with most efficient use of space
How much is it? It costs $13/€11.50/£10.20
Secret Tip: You can also hang your soothers, spoons and beakers on it.
3232.Bibs from Pippi
What is it? Bibs for your baby’s neck.
Why do you need it? They look good, close easily, and keep most of your babies drool off their clothes.
How much is it? €4/$4.50/£3.50 per bib
Secret Tip: Don’t leave them in the wash basket if they are covered in food. It will mould. Hand wash ASAP.
3333. Pampers nappies/diapers
What is it? Nappies/diapers to collect your babies excrement
Why do you need it? Because you will be washing a lot of clothes otherwise.
How much are they? $29/€26/£23 for 148
Secret Tip: Make sure that you get the right size. Too big or too small can result in leakage.
3434. Chest Of Drawers- converted into a baby changing station
What is it? The centrepiece of your Baby changing station.
Why do you need it? It’s a perfect height for a changing station. The drawers make it easy to access all of the tools for changing your baby.
How much is it? €150/$170/£132
Secret Tip: If you have twins get the double drawers.
What is it? A small bath that fits in your bath tub.
Why do you need it? It uses less water and is more convenient
How much is it? €20/$22/£18
Secret Tip: Make sure that the shape makes it easy to fill up directly from the Fossett without using the shower head
3636. Bath Thermometer
What is it? A thermometer to measure your baby’s bath.
Why do you need it? A baby bath should be 40 degrees Celsius. They are much more sensitive to heat. This will help you to get the perfect temperature every time.
How much is it? €5/$5.60/£4.40
Secret Tip: Make sure the air temperature outside the bath is not too cold to avoid tears before and after the bath.
3737. Baby Thermometer
What is it? A small thermometer to measure your babies temperature.
Why do you need it? At the very beginning, especially if your baby is premature, you will need to monitor the baby’s temperature.
How much is it? €5/$5.60/£4.40
Secret Tip: The bum is the most accurate place to take the temperature. Use some baby moisturiser to make it more comfortable for your baby.
3838. To Go nappy bags
What is it? Little portable bags for you to collect used nappies should there be no bin in the immediate vicinity.
Why do you need it? It is better than holding a stinky nappy in your hand.
How much are they? $12.50/€11.50/£9.80 for 200
Secret Tip: Get ones that smell nice.
3939. Bum Wipes
What is it? Wipes for the bum.
Why do you need it? It makes the job of cleaning up poo easier.
How much are they? $11/€9.80/£8.65 for 7 packs
Secret Tip: Always wipe from front to back.
4040. Face and hands wipes
What is it? These are wipes for the face and hands. They are usually more sensitive than the ones you use for wiping the bum.
Why do you need it? Babies faces get dirty, as do their hands.
How much are they? $15/€17/£12 for a pack of 4.
Secret Tip: Have a pack with you at all times.
4141. Nappy Bin
What is it? Beside your baby changing station, you will need a special bin to collect the smelly nappies.
Why do you need it? Babies nappies stink. You are better off collecting them all in one smelly place.
How much is it? €30/$34/£26.
Secret Tip: Get a handsfree bin and scented bags.
4242. Wall mounted nursery heater
What is it? A lamp to heat your babies changing station.
Why do you need it? In Winter the air temperature can get cold in Northern Europe. To avoid tears it makes sense that the area you change your baby is adequately heated.
How much is it? $65/€73/£57
Secret Tip: Use the lamp for after bath time.
What is it? A carrier for your baby.
Why do you need it? As your baby gets heavier you will need to progress to a sturdier baby carrier. With the Manduka, you can carry your baby and keep your hands free at the same time.
How much is it? $175/€156/£137
Secret Tip: Watch the tutorial videos. This will make your first experience much easier.
4444. Tommee Tippee bibs
What is it? A Rubber bib for feeding solids.
Why do you need it? Feeding babies solids is a messy affair. waterproof proof bibs will save you having to change clothes all the time.
How much is it? $6/€5.30/£4.70 for 2
Secret Tip: Put another bib underneath the rubber bib. This will avoid the unavoidable spillage that will leak through the neck part of the bib.
4545. Baby Bath Towels
What is it? Towels to dry your baby after the bath. They have a hood to keep them warm and make it easier to dry their little heads.
Why do you need them? Babies get cold after baths. It is important to quickly dry them after they get out of the water. These towels make it so much easier.
How much is it? It varies, but somewhere around $20/€18/£16
Secret Tip: Get ones that have hoods and little ears
4646. Play mat
What is it? A Mat upon which the babies can play
Why do you need them? The ground is too hard and this is where they will learn to roll over and crawl
How much is it? €85/$95/£75.
Secret Tip: When your babies are learning to roll over, put another mat or rug under the mat. This will soften the blow should they hit their heads on the ground.
4747. Phillips Baby Phone
What is it? A baby phone, night light, thermometer and music player.
Why do you need it? When you put your baby in their own room for the first time then you will need to have a baby monitor. This one is very sensitive to sound and has a two-way walkie-talkie like function. This means you can send subtle subliminal messages to your baby when they sleep. It plays nursery rhymes and displays a dimly lit, ever-changing, colourful pattern on the roof. It creates subtle relaxing distractions that will help your baby fall asleep.
How much is it? $115/€102/£90.33
Secret Tip: Put it on the floor for the maximum display size on the roof.
Trust me, this list will make your life easier. Having newborns is hard work and anything that can save you time, stress, or money is always welcome. If you like this list then please subscribe to my email below for regular updates.
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