We are officially getting into the finish line here.
At the 25 weeks check up, doctors said because of the complications we’re having, the twins should be here in about 3 weeks and keeping them in for another month would be like a miracle – from which I understood it’s really the top.
I can’t emphasise how scared I am, but trying to focus on the thought that everything will be fine and keeping myself in a positive mindset.
We knew they will probably be micro preemies since weeks, but this hits us hard over and over again.
We hardly have anything at the moment, but trying to get everything for them with keeping in mind that we don’t want to overspend (because we don’t have the money to overspend).
What do you need for twins?
I think the most fun part of being pregnant for the first time is shopping for your new babies.
For me, seeing the baby items is what makes this whole thing real!
Of course my tummy is ever-growing and I can feel moving inside since about week 14 and actual kicks since week 16, but I still cannot imagine having two babies here with me.
I started doing my research a long time ago and created my own list going by the list on TwinsUk.
You can download the list in a PDF format from here.
Things to buy new
There aren’t many things I stuck to buying in a new condition.
I think buying hardly used items are just fine in most of the cases, it saves you hundreds of pounds, but there are some essentials I didn’t want used.
- Breast pump
- Bottles and teets
- Mattresses for their moses baskets and buggycots
- Car seats
That’s about it.
Side note: it is always a debate about what bed to get the babies for the first time. My husband is amazingly helpful, but like all of us, has some ticks and he is very stubborn. The Moses baskets were his idea, we discussed it, and I decided I will go with it. The idea of a crib made him extremely uncomfortable and I was thinking if there’s something I don’t want for my babies so strongly, it would make me feel good if I could negotiate it with him and he would give in, so I didn’t want to force it more, although I feel like they will outgrow it fast and then we have to buy something else. We ended up getting 2 Moses baskets from a friend, so money saved!
Basically, everything else we are planning to buy used (unless it’s easier and cheaper to get it new in some cases)
Our flat is quite small, but we will only be able to move after the babies are here (and even then not sure when exactly) so we cannot set up an actual nursery (it’s a one bedroom).
Therefore our living room will be converted into a nursery, at least part of it.
We decided only to buy a chest of drawers for the kids clothes and a cube-shelves for the little ones for now. Our chest of drawers will also be the changing table.
- Changing bag
- Changing mats (2-4)
- Twin nursing pillow
- Night lights(2)
- Twin buggy
- Moses stands (2)
- Moses baskets (2)
- Waterproof sheets (4-8)
- Cellular blankets (4-8)
- Baby sleeping bags (4)
- Baby monitor
- Baby bath
- Bath support (foam/sling)
- Baby bath towels (4-8)
- Baby gowns (2)
- Sleepsuits (12-16)
- Body vests (12-16)
- Baby romper (8)
- Receiving blanket (4)
- Baby bootee hats (6-8)
- Baby mitts (4-6)
- Baby socks (6-8)
- Baby clippers
- Baby monitor
- First aid kit
These are the items we will need loads and loads of:
- Bibs and muslin cloths
- Water wipes
Most bloggers advise you to start stocking up on these items, and I think it’s a good idea with the bibs and muslin clothes and water wipes.
Nappies, in my opinion, are a different category, and I won’t stock up on them and neither some other items.
Why you shouldn’t stock up nappies and bottles?
Are you ready for the fact that can save you a lot of money?
Here it comes.
We are all about saving money. This would mean we stock up on these items when it’s a great sale so we won’t need to spend so much money once they are here, right?
Let me tell you why not stocking up can actually save you tons of money.
Babies come as tiny humans, they are all just like us.
From the moment they are born, they have what they like and what they don’t.
Not everything works for every child, just like we as adults have our different taste and items we love and hate, too.
I’m planning to use MAM bottles because I’ve read and heard outstandingly great recommendations about them and they are good quality, also self steriliser bottles which saves us time and space because we won’t need an extra steriliser.
As I said I plan to use it, but there’s a chance my babies won’t like it for whatever reason. So instead of buying 16 MAM bottles, I’ll buy 2 for now, and try it out (I’m planning to breastfeed anyway, and the babies will be at NICU for some time so we can have a safe trial run before we stock up).
It’s the same with nappies.
There are so many brands and sometimes even the sizes are different for them, although they state it’s the same category (like size 1). I don’t know yet which one will work for us, so I won’t start collecting them like we did with stickers when we were kids.
I think there’s no need to worry because there are deals and sales on all kind of things constantly, so once we know what’s working for us, we can buy a bigger amount.
Is there anything you think I left out from the list?! Let me know in the comment section, also if you liked it, please give it a share!