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    Default Baby Gear - what were your must haves and don't bother items?

    Hi all,

    I'm getting ready for the arrival of my twin boys in August (our first babies) and am trying to figure out if I've missed anything important off my 'to buy' list.

    I'd love any feedback on what your 'must haves' and 'don't bother' baby items were.

    I'm thinking of the type of thing you were thanking god for at 3 in the morning when they got your baby to go to sleep, or the type of thing you got sucked into buying at the baby shop thinking it was an essential, then used once and gave it away...

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Baby Gear - what were your must haves and don't bother items?

    An ergococoon swaddle and sleep is my must have. I would have jumped off a cliff without one.

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    I breastfed my boys and I always fed them together. Df just cannot get up during the night to help. It wasn't worth me asking so I had to learn to do it alone.
    So I could not have done without my milkbar twin feeding pillow and my bright stars deluxe vibrating bouncer.
    I got the crying boy out of his cot, put him in the bouncer at the base of the couch, put on the pillow, went and got the other one out and sat down. Attach the one I already had, then scoop up the first one and attach. Reverse order to put them back in the cot

    Fisher price rainforest gym was an awesome help too. They both see to lay under it together making a racket and I could wash dishes or get lunch.

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    Oh yes a love to dream swaddle up was awesome for dd. wish I had them for my boys.

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    Video monitor is an absolute must it really helped to see our boys whilst settling (I could tell if I needed to go it or not) and when they went into their own rooms it was much better I could leave them to sleep rather than keep going in to check and disturbing them.
    The othet must is an open mind!! Don't go into it thinking I will do this but not that! Every bub is different just do what works for you and the baby don't worry about what others think!

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    I don't have experience with twins, but my must haves would be

    -change table. I wasn't going to get one, but I'm really thankful we did. I ended up with lots of stitching and pain so my plans to change on the floor went out the window pretty quickly.

    -ergo baby carrier. Not sure if this would be helpful with twins??

    - terry flat nappies for cleaning up spills

    - the night before my induction I made a large chocolate cake. It took my mind off the pre-labour for a while and I had a giant chocolate cake to eat when I came home!

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    The answer to this will differ for everyone.

    For eg, we used the bassinet once maybe twice as we have cosleept/bedshareed since birth. We never had a monitor. Dh had to run out and buy a breastpump during week 1. Others never need a pump. We never got a rocker or bouncing chair but the play gym was essential and we used the portacot a lot early on for day naps. Terry flat nappies are essential! For spew, projectiles, milk oversupply and we also used them as nappies.

    What about comfort items in the first couple of weeks? I had heaps of swelling & bruising so zooper dooper ice packs, lansinoh, wheatbag, paracetamol, electrolight drinks etc were all essentials for me. Don't forget about yourself!

    Eta. My ds hated being swaddled so was arms free from a week old. But he still likes sleeping bags. Don't stock up on anything until you find something that you like and works for you (this goes for other things too).
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    I'd suggest a freezer full of cooked meals for yourself and a large supply of nappies!

    There's lots of stuff out there but you might surprise yourself with what you don't need! We bought a baby bath, used it once where we accidentally spilt the water all over a wooden floor and have been bathing DD in the laundry sink since!

    I'd start with the basics and then get the extras on an as needs basis but mainly because you don't know what your parenting style will be until they arrive and you might get inundated with gifts! Keep in mind that everyone will have a different definition of 'the basics'

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