What to Stock Up On Before the Twins Arrive

Joe Rawlinson by Joe Rawlinson - April 25, 2017

You know that you’ll need a lot of stuff to be ready for twins.

Baby Bottles

Once your twins arrive, the last thing that you’ll want to do — or have time to do — is go to the store.

The solution?

Stock up on everything.

“Everything” consists of two categories: stuff your twins will use daily and things that the rest of the family will consume.

Things for the Twins

Stockpiling a little bit here and there will be less of a shock for your budget later.

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In addition to all the reusable baby gear that you’ll need (strollers, clothing, cribs, etc.), you’ll need to stock supplies that your babies will use (and use up) on a daily basis:

  • diapers of all sizes
  • baby wipes
  • burp cloths
  • baby formula
  • bottles and nipples
  • Desitin or another zinc oxide diaper rash cream
  • baby body wash/shampoo

Things for the Household

When you think about the household items you use everyday, you’ll get an idea of the little things that you need to have stocked up for when the twins come:

  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • soap
  • dish washing detergent
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste
  • laundry detergent
  • dryer sheets

These are things you don’t want to worry about for a least a month after the twins arrive.

Stock your freezer. Remember, you can tell your friends you want a freezer meal shower.

If you have a stockpile of supplies by the time you hit the third trimester with your twins, you can relax a little as you enjoy the calm before the storm.

What other essential items would you add to the list to stockpile in your home?

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Picture by Alicia Voorhies

Further Reading

Dad's Guide to Raising Twins book
Don't forget to pick up a copy of the definitive guide to raising twins. "Dad's Guide to Raising Twins" was written for fathers of twins to help guide you through the first several years with twins. Click here to learn more about the book and get your copy.

6 thoughts on “What to Stock Up On Before the Twins Arrive”

  1. The biggest thing we hadn’t thought about was trash. There were only two of us, so we had the smallest trash and recycle bins our local WM provided. Wast collection varies by area, but you want to make sure you’re ready to be rubbish rich.

  2. Something you will need to stock up on is garbage bags. You will have a lot more garbage then your use to with all those diapers. Also be kind to yourself and get some paper plates etc. Doing dishes will be the last thing you want. Think of it this way you just gave birth to two amazing little ones you deserve a vacation from some of the household chores.

  3. Our NICU nurses were amazing at sending us home with goodie bags with tons of diapers, formula, etc. I never had to go out and buy newborn size diapers – that’s how many they gave us! One of the nurses was the mom of twins too, and her best advice to me was to splurge on lots of bottles – enough to get through an entire day without having to wash them. Run the dishwasher once, overnight, and then make all the bottles in the morning for the entire day. One less thing to worry about.


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