One of the biggest things I was worried about while I was expecting my twins was the thought of never being able to leave the house. I thought for sure that I would never get out alone with my kids the first year. While there is no doubt that getting out with twins is a task, it is not as impossible as I originally imagined. One thing I learned pretty early on is how important it was for my own sanity to get out of the house WITH them. Of course, I needed that alone time out of the house too but, I needed to know that I could manage on my own if I needed to get out for a bit.
Through some trial and error I have learned some tips to being able to get out with twins in the first year. I hope reading through these ideas will encourage new twin moms and help you to gain some confidence in this area.
For the first few months my twins fit into a Weego Twin Baby Carrier. It was amazing and I felt like a super human bringing my 6 week old babies out apple picking with our family. I most often used it at home to sooth the babies when they were both crying at the same time and I was alone. My babies outgrew it quickly, unfortunately. Even though I only used it for about 4 months, it was totally worth the purchase. Those first few months are stressful and using this made me feel a little more in control. I purchased the Weego when I was pregnant new from Germany for $169.00. After using it for a few months, I resold it on a Facebook tandem baby wearing page for $120. Because it has such a great re-sale value, it was totally worth the investment for me.
After we outgrew the Weego we used the Twingo, which has probably been my #1 most essential twin item. I still use it almost daily as a single carrier. My little girl especially loves to be snuggled in it to help her fall asleep. I often put a baby in the front of the Twingo to get them soothed quickly. In those first few months, you can also use it as a single carrier even when the babies are very small by using an infant insert.
About the Twingo
- Great option for parents of twins or two children of different ages
- Bundle includes 1 blue base carrier, 1 orange attachment carrier, 2 TwinGo sleep hoods (blue and orange) and 1 removable set of attachment shoulder straps
- Entire carrier collapses into its own pocket making it perfect for travel
- Ergonomic design with 100% cotton exterior
- For adults 4'11” to 6'5″, accommodates children between 10 lbs – 45 lbs. Can be used in conjunction with TwinGo Infant Insert for babies as small as 7 lbs.
You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2sDUiLC
In the above pictures, I am using the Twingo as a single carrier with the infant insert and the panel extender which allowed me to use the carrier with a baby starting at only 7lbs!
A Double Stroller is Essential
The first few months, we used a snap and go with our car seats. This was a life saver because I could leave them in their infant car seats, lift the car seat out of the car, and snap them right onto the stroller frame. It was super light weight. It opened and closed quickly and was so helpful the first 6 months! I wish we would have brought it to the hospital when the twins were born to bring the babies to the car. I used this taking them to the doctor office, quick trips to the store, and even on walks the first 6 months.
About the Joovy Twin Roo Snap & Go
- TWIN INFANT CAR SEAT FRAME STROLLER with unique side mounts for easy access to both babies
- COMPATIBLE WITH MAJOR BRAND CAR SEATS with “click-in” functionality (ADAPTERS SOLD SEPARATELY)
- STURDY and STABLE, easy handling and super maneuverability
- FEATURES one-hand fold, front-wheel suspension, swivel wheel locks, rear brakes
- TONS OF STORAGE, large under seat basket with organizer and 4 cup holders for bottles or beverages
You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2tf0okh
After the babies were sitting, we invested in a side by side double stroller. I did tons of research because I knew that getting the right one was a super big deal! We finally went with this Joovy side by side and have been absolutely loving it! I have not gone anywhere where this stroller could not fit. It fits in all standard doors, grocery check out lanes, etc. It has definitely been an essential twin item without the huge price tag that many of the doubles have. I know we will be using this for awhile and am so happy we got a good one.
About the Joovy X2
- 30″ width-fits through standard doors, accommodates two 45 pounds children (90 pounds total)
- Recline each seat and adjust each footrest independently of each other
- One-hand fold, huge basket and canopy, removable bumper bar
- Large wheels have sealed bearings making it easy to maneuver, linked parking brakes
- Includes two cup holders for parents and two zippered pockets for phones, wallets, snacks, etc
You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2teAZXE
My last tip is just to be prepared before you go out. I am pretty careful now to only pack the essentials. There is so much stuff to cart around when you have 2 babies and I almost never need everything I pack, so I keep to the essentials. That being said, there are some things I have to make things easier. Now that I am past breastfeeding, my kids are on formula for a few more months. I always have a stainless steel water bottle with me. Mine holds warm water at temperature for 8 hours. Before I leave the house, I fill my stainless steal water bottle with warm water and then when I am out, I can make a bottle instantly without having to find a restroom, get my kids in the stroller, etc… I usually opt to make bottles in the car and feed them before or after we go in or out of places if at all possible. This is something I never leave the house without anymore.
In the end, no matter what brand equipment you have, you can get out with twins! It is scary at first, but the more you do it the easier it will be. If everyone is healthy and there are not reasons to stay in, it is helpful for everyone to get out. Please let me know how it goes for you! I'd love to hear your comments and any other tips from fellow twin moms for my readers. Don't forget to subscribe and get on my email list for alerts on future posts.
Good Luck mammas!
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