Congratulations, you’re having twins! Here is the twins baby registry checklist you need to get ready for your special arrivals.
I’ve pulled together this twins registry list from our own experience and surveying thousands of twin parents like yourself.
You won’t get everything on your twins’ registry even if you have a very generous family and friends. However, this list will give you an idea of the sheer magnitude of stuff you need to feed, clean, clothe, care for, and handle your twins.
During the early months with twins, assume everything will be soiled by spit up or diaper blowouts. This means you need backups of most items in addition to the standard double just because you have twins.
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Below is an epic list of everything you’ll need on your registry for twins. When possible, I link to the products we used. Some links are affiliate links where I may earn a commission if you purchase (at no additional cost to you).
Your twins will go through several different types of strollers depending on their age and your lifestyle needs.
- Twin Frame Stroller – we used the Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame that allowed us to snap in our girls’ car seats directly into the stroller. This lightweight inline stroller made getting around very easy. However, our girls did outgrow this stroller so we had to upgrade after several months.
- Inline Double Stroller – you might consider an inline twin stroller that grows with your twins like the Graco DuoGlider Stroller.
- Side by Side Twin Stroller – if you want your twins to be able to see and interact with each other, a side by side stroller is a good choice. Try the Mountain Buggy Duet.
- Double Umbrella Stroller – every twin family should have a cheap, lightweight double umbrella stroller. We used one like this and it became our go-to stroller once our girls were old enough to have head and neck control.
Car Seats for Twins
You won’t be able to bring your babies home from the hospital if they don’t have these twin baby registry must-haves: car seats.
- Infant Car Seats – we started our girls in Graco Infant Car Seats that we could snap into a base mounted in our cars.
- you might also consider getting extra bases for your 2nd car
- Convertible Car Seats – once our twins started growing, they graduated to Britax convertible car seats that still kept them safe as they got bigger
- Car Seat Covers – avoid the prying eyes of strangers by covering up your infant car seats when you’re out and about
- Car Seat Toys – bright and colorful car seat toys will keep your twins occupied/entertained/distracted when strapped into their car seats
Diaper Supplies for Twins
Any baby registry for twins should include some diaper supplies. You’ll need all the diaper help you can get!
- All the diapers! I outline just how many diapers your twins will need here. In summary: more than you want to buy upfront. Newborns go through 10 diapers per baby per day.
- 2 cases newborn diapers
- 2 cases size 1 diapers
- Baby Wipes – you’ll use these for more than just wiping butts. They come in handy for cleaning up all manner of messes your twins will create
- Waterproof Changing Pads – let you sit down on the floor or change a diaper on the couch without soiling every horizontal surface in your house during diaper changes.
- Diaper Bag – if you’re looking for a twin size diaper bag, check out the Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe Diaper Bag.
- Diaper Rash Creme – lots of diaper use means your twins’ bottoms will get sore at times. We used Desitin.
- Diaper Genie – diapers stink and you need a way to contain that smell unless you want to run the dirty diapers outside every time you change a baby (20+ times/day). We loved our Diaper Genie (although with twins it does fill up quickly).
Twin Baby Gear for the Nursery
- Cribs – for safety you’ll need two cribs (one for each baby). We went with simply designed cribs but you can get cribs that fit your decor. Remember to look for a crib that grows with your child. You’ll want to be able to lower the mattress as they get older. There are convertible cribs that turn into beds when your twins are toddlers.
- Crib Mattresses (2) – Each baby needs a mattress to sleep on. Your babies won’t complain about their sleep surface so just make sure it fits your crib and is made of materials you’re comfortable having in your home.
- Waterproof Mattress Pads (4) – Your twins will have leaks, spit-ups, and blowouts in the crib. Don’t let that destroy your mattresses. Get a mattress pad that goes over the mattress and under the sheet.
- Fitted Crib Sheets (4) – you’ll want a tight, fitted sheet on the crib mattress.
- Bassinets (2) – we started our girls in regular size cribs in their own room. However, if you’d prefer to have the twins in your room with you for the first few months, you’ll likely need a smaller bassinet instead of a full-size crib so they can fit in your master bedroom. Here are some options depending on your budget:
- Dresser (1) – How you store all the baby clothes is mostly a matter of personal taste. Get a dresser or an IKEA cubby shelf so you can easily access the clothing. Keep in mind that once your twins are toddlers free of the crib, they will climb on everything so anchor your furniture to the wall and/or make a dresser choice that isn’t climbable.
- Changing Table (1) – even though you’ll be changing twins’ diapers all over the house, the most frequent place will be the nursery whenever they wake up from naps and in the morning. Get (or make) a reliable changing table for twins that serves as your basecamp for all the diapering supplies.
- Changing Pad (1) – Yes, your twins can lay down on a hard surface for diaper changes (for example, see those changing stations in restaurant bathrooms). However, a comfortable changing pad makes things a little cozier. But don’t forget the covers…
- Changing Pad Covers (3) – Your twins will soil the changing pad just like their crib but more frequently because they will have their diapers off here. At least one changing pad will always be in the wash.
- Wipe Warmer – Some parents swear that wipe warmers are the best. We didn’t use one for any of our four children but your twins might enjoy this luxury.
- Night Light – While the twins are infants, the night light is mostly for you so you can see as you come and go from their nursery all night. Once your twins are toddlers, they will want the light so they aren’t scared of the dark.
- Hamper for Dirty Clothes – your twins will go through multiple outfits a day. We used a plastic hamper as we found them easier to clean off any residue.
- Baby Monitor – If you’re just getting an audio-only monitor, one should be enough. If you prefer video, you’ll need two cameras. The Motorola Halo Cameras have all the bells and whistles.
- White Noise Machine – Your babies are used to lots of noise in the womb. Use white noise to soothe them to sleep. This can be done with a simple app on your phone or the popular Hatch Sound Machine
- Rocking Chair or Glider – swaying a baby is magic for soothing them. Yes, you can do this in your arms, but having a chair in the nursery makes it easier to soothe and feed babies without having to leave the room.
- Blackout Shades – your twins sleep ALOT during the first few months. room darkening shades make sure daylight doesn’t distract them from the sleep they need.
Soothing the Twins
Soothing your twins often takes a combination of swaddling, shushing, and rocking. Get gear that helps with these soothing techniques:
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- Swaddling Blankets (10) – Grab a couple of packs of basic receiving blankets that will be your twins’ second skin for several months.
- Swaddles – if getting a receiving blanket to swaddle perfectly drives you crazy, get some ready-made swaddles like these or a HALO sleepsack.
- Pacifiers – you may need to try several different brands to see which your twins prefer. Our girls started out fine with a simple pacifier like this which was similar to what they had in the hospital. Try getting different colors so you know which pacifier belongs to which twin.
- Pacifier Clips – keep your twins’ pacifiers off the ground, or skip this and build up your kids’ immune system.
- Bouncy Seats (2) – We used simple bouncy seats like these as our go-to seats for feeding time (when we bottle-fed) and when we just needed a place to put down a baby.
- Swing – we had one swing and that was enough as we typically were soothing or feeding one baby while the other was in the swing. Self-rocking seats like the mamaRoos are also popular with twin parents.
Feeding the Twins
You may be planning to breastfeed or bottlefeed your twins. The challenge is you don’t know exactly what will work for your twins. Regardless of feeding method, you’ll need some supplies to make feeding time easier:
- Cloth Bibs (10) – just put these around your babies’ necks and save yourself having to change their clothes a few extra times a day. Once your twins start teething, for example, they will be drooling all over the place. Cloth bibs for the win!
- Plastic Bibs (4) – once your twins start eating solid foods, these plastic bibs have a pouch that will help catch the mess falling from their mouths.
- Burp Cloths (8) – always put something over your shoulder when you rest your baby there. Why? Because they drool or spit-up on you. We just used basic burp cloths like these.
- Booster Seats (2) – we skipped high chairs and just used booster seats like these that attached directly to our kitchen chairs. Worked like a champ.
- Table for Two – while we used two bouncy seats to hold our girls during feeding time, this innovative Table for Two is designed specifically for the job of holding your twins while you bottle feed them.
- Boppy Pillows – get either two Boppy pillows or a Twin Z Pillow. These help during feeding or as just a place to safely hold your babies in one place.
- Breastfeeding Twins Supplies:
- Bottle-Feeding Twins:
- Bottles (8) – Dr. Brown’s bottles are great but you might want to try a few different types of bottles to see what works best for you.
- Bottle Drying Rack – you’ll be washing bottles often. You’ll need a dedicated place for them to dry like this drying rack.
- Bottle Brush – your hands are too small to reach into the bottom of a baby bottle. Get a baby bottle brush like this one.
- Baby Breeza – you can automate everything by letting the Baby Brezza Formula Pro prepare the formula for you and then the Baby Brezza Baby Bottle Sterilizer can clean up the bottles afterward.
- Formula Mixing Pitcher – Quickly mix up a batch of formula with the Dr. Brown’s Formula Mixing Pitcher
- Infant Spoons and Bowls – for when you start feeding your twins solids, get a baby-friendly spoon and bowl set like this.
- Floor Mats – your twins will make a mess eating solid foods. Most of that food will end up on the floor. If you don’t want to mop your kitchen floor every night, get a floor mat to catch the mess.
Keeping the Twins Clean
Your baby registry for twins checklist should include cleaning supplies. Your twins will make big messes that will require both them and the house to be cleaned regularly.
- Baby Bath Towels (4) – we liked the hooded kind that let you envelop your freshly washed babies in a cozy and warm towel blanket. Here’s a nice set that also includes some washcloths.
- Washcloths (4) – get one per baby per bath and a few spares while you wait for laundry.
- Baby Bathtub – get one for your countertop or that you can put in your tub. In the beginning, you’ll only be bathing one twin at a time so you only need one baby bath.
- Baby-friendly Soap or body wash – we liked Johnson’s
- Baby Shampoo – our children did well with Johnson’s tear-free shampoo.
- Baby Lotion – we used Johnson’s Baby lotion with all our children
- Baby Wipes – you’ll use wipes for more than diapers.
- Nail Clippers – your babies need to keep their little razor blade nails in check. A pair of nail clippers work like a dream.
- Nasal Aspirator – your babies don’t know how to blow their nose. Use something like the Nose Frida to suck out the gunk.
- Thermometer – you’ll need to quickly know if your babies have a temperature. A touchless thermometer is ideal so you don’t have to wait while you hold a traditional thermometer in their mouth, under the arm, or rectally.
- Infant Tylenol – we used Infant’s Tylenol for pain and fever relief (talk to your doctor about what is best for your twins)
- Teething Gel – when our twins were teething, we used Orajel for temporary relief (talk to your doctor about what is best for your twins)
- Teething Toys – your teething twins need something to chew on to help relieve the pain. Get some dedicated teething toys.
- Humidifier – when your twins are sick, a humidifier can really help relieve their suffering.
- Gas and Colic Relief – it is so hard when your twins have gas or are colicky. A popular medication for relief is Windi.
Dressing Your Twins
How often do you want to do laundry? It doesn’t matter. You’ll be doing laundry every day. Here’s an idea of the types of clothes you’ll need for your infant twins.
- Onesies / Bodysuits (long or short sleeve depending on the season) (10) – most of the time these are all newborn twins will wear unless you are leaving the house
- Newborn Clothing Sets (6 per twin) – include pants and socks
- Going Home from the Hospital Clothes (2) – get some picture-worthy, super cute, special event clothing for the day you bring the twins home from the hospital
- 3-Month Clothing Sets – grab several pairs of outfits your twins can wear when not in their onesie uniforms
- Pijamas (10) – get zippers or sleepsacks. No buttons or snaps!
- Shoes – your twins don’t really need shoes until they are walking. But if you want shoes for cute pictures, put them on your list.
- Bows for Hair – our girls didn’t have much hair to attach anything to in the beginning but as soon as they had some strands, we were able to add decorative clippies
- Beanie Hats (4) – keep your twins’ little heads warm with some beanie hats (or just use what they got in the hospital)
Playtime with Twins
As tempting as it might be, you can’t hold your twins all the time. Here are some fun things to help entertain them (with your supervision of course).
- Jumper (1) – our kids loved bouncing up and down like crazy with a door-mounted jumper like this Jolly Jumper Exerciser with Door Clamp.
- Activity Mat (1) – your twins can share a traditional activity mat if you don’t want to get (or have room for) two.
- Bumbo Floor Seat (2) – we were amazed that our infants could use these Bumbo seats before they could actually sit up on their own.
- Board Books – you can’t go wrong with classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar or anything by Mo Willems
On the Go with Twins
Holding a twin on each hip can get exhausting. Here’s some gear to help when you head out of the house.
- Twin Carrier – Yes, you can wear your twins.
- Car Seat Mirrors (2) – keep an eye on your twins even when they are still rear-facing in the backseat with a pair of car seat mirrors like these.
- Car Window Shade (2) – if your backseat doesn’t have tinted windows, these window shades will keep the sun out of your twins’ eyes.
- Pack-n-Play – you’ll need a portable sleeping surface for nap times while traveling or just a playard to keep the twins contained. The Romp & Roost Oversized Play Yard is a portable, divided playard for your twins’ naps or playtime.
Twin Parent Training
Knowledge is power in twin parenting. Learn what is coming and how to overcome those challenges with these resources:
- Dad’s Guide to Twins: How to Survive the Twin Pregnancy and Prepare for Your Twins – gets you ready for your twins
- Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins: How to Thrive as a Father of Twins – covers twin parenting from newborns, the first year, toddlers, and beyond
- Expecting Twins Class
- Breastfeeding Twins Class
Make YOUR Life Easier
Sure, the baby registry list for twins above will help with your babies. But don’t overlook some things that will make your life a little easier:
- Frozen Meals – stock your freezer with dinners that are ready reheat and eat
- Grocery Delivery – you’ll either be too exhausted or busy to leave the house on many days. Get grocery delivery to stay in stock of your kitchen essentials.
- Diaper Delivery – since your twins will be burning through the diapers, have them automatically replenished with Amazon Diaper Delivery, just look for the “Subscribe and Save” option.
What If You Have to Buy the Gear
If you don’t get something from your twin baby registry list as a gift, don’t worry. Try getting gear used, from consignment stores, or as hand-me-downs, etc.
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You’ll find that gently used baby gear has a decent resell value on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplaces, or at your local consignment store.
Look for your local multiples group or club which often has annual sales of baby gear.
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