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Having Twins? Nope, You Don't Need Two of Everything.

By Jenn and Meghan
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There is no doubt that preparing for twins is a monumental task, but the good news is, you don’t need to double your shopping list.

With two babies joining your family there are certain things that you will want two of: two car seats, two cribs, two mattresses, etc.  Think of it this way, if they can’t share it because of safety reasons, you need two.

Curious about crib sharing, read our thoughts about that here.

However, we are here to tell you about the tried and true items that you really don’t need two of.

Twin Prepping: you only need one:

Preparing for twins is a big task, but you don’t need to double your shopping list. Here's what you just need one of. Nursing pillow

Nursing Pillow

Single nursing pillows are amazing, however, there is an awesome pillow just for twin parents called the Twin Z Pillow.  It is the BEST option for mamas who are expecting two! This sucker allows you to breastfeed or bottle feed your babes at the same time.

If you are gifted a few boppies as hand-me-downs, that’s freaking great.  You can let other people feed your kiddos with those, but believe us, you don’t need two. Maybe pass them along to help out your friends who are expecting singletons.

Mamaroos, Swings and other weird (space sucking) baby contraptions….

Just as easily as these wonderful contraptions put your kiddos to sleep, they also add up in cost and take up mega amounts of space.

Let this be a warning to you now, although you are having twins, each baby will be VERY different, having their own preferences when it comes ALMOST EVERYTHING!

Rather than having two of everything in this department, have 2 or 3 different contraptions (maybe a Mamaroo and an activity mat) Set up a center style rotation and move your babies around as they lose interest.

Preparing for twins is a big task, but you don’t need to double your shopping list. Here's what you just need one of. Clothes
Kal and Co Onesies – Etsy $22


There are millions of pictures littering the internet of the most adorable twins dressed in perfectly matched outfits.  This may seem like a great way to have an award-winning Instagram feed, but the truth is you are literally changing babies ALL. DAY. EVERY. DAY.

So unless you are Beyoncé with 28 extra pairs of hands to wash, fold and put away all of these cute coordinating outfits, go easy on the clothes and just buy the basics. You and your pocket book will thank us!

Preparing for twins is a big task, but you don’t need to double your shopping list. Here's what you just need one of. Toys


Again, like the swings, toys are money and space sucking inventions.

Young babies aren’t interested in toys for quite some time. Thrift stores and hand-me-downs are great options when it comes to baby toys.

Besides, your wee ones will love playing with paper towel rolls and cardboard boxes no matter how many cool new gadgets you buy for them.

Baby Tubs

When babies are little, you will be most likely be bathing them in the sink or tub, one-by-one.  You don’t need two small tubs, only one. Enough said!


There are a million fancy baby monitor options on the market, but we did find a pretty great, yet simple option with a split screen so you can obsessively watch both babies sleeping simultaneously. You will have two cameras that come with the monitor to view both of your kiddos.

Diaper Bag

Our only advice here is to get a larger backpack or crossbody bag because you are going to be carrying twice as much stuff (hello, you have two babies…remember?) around with you.

Let us warn you now that you have to begin to learn to let go of the items that you think you MIGHT need.  We know….gasp…it is hard to do, but you are about to inherently have twice as many things to worry about.  You simply don’t need the extra headache of worrying about the “just in case”.  Just know that you will thank us AND yourself later!

Take it from us

We know all too well how overwhelming twins and all that come with them can be, but the truth is, you quickly learn that less is more when it comes to just about EVERYTHING!  So, do yourself a favor skip some of the doubles to save some space, some cash, and some sanity!

Related: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Twins Arrived

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