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Top 10 Multiples-Must-Haves

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more or already raising multiple babies? New parents of twins and multiples have a lot to juggle and that's why its really important to understand the practical products and essential equipment that really lend a helping hand with the everyday tasks of caring and raising twins, triplets or even quadruplets!

Essential Kit for Twins & Multiples:

You might be lucky enough to be having twins, triplets or quadruplets or you may have an expanding family and require a pram or pushchair that will be flexible for your needs.

1. Travel: Whatever the case, your pram and buggy needs are going to be slightly different depending on your circumstances and lifestyle. For multiple children, you can now get tandems, twin prams, triple buggies and even specialist transport for up to six children! At TwinsUK , we have an extensive range of twin prams, twin buggies, double pushchairs and lightweight twin strollers. Of course, we also have transport for three and have triple buggies and triple prams as well as some strollers. Visit our Take Us Out Department to see the full range of options including prams and buggies suitable from birth for newborn twins and triplets, carrycots and car seats and buggy boards for older siblings.

Please also see our Twins Tips Buggy Buying Guides for more help on how to select the right pushchair for you and your duo or trio!

2. Twins Feeding Cushion: This is an absolute must have for a new mum who has either decided to breastfeed her babies (also called nursing) or who intends to bottle-feed them whether it be with breastmilk through expressing or formula feeding (or a combination of feeding methods). You will be able to feed your twins simultaneously (tandem nursing), comfortably and hands-free and friends and family can help out too with bottle-feeding. You can find these lifesavers at TwinsUK in our best-selling Harmony Duo Range which includes the award-winning Twins Feeding Cushion, Twin Pregnancy Wedges and Twin Changing Mat.

The Harmony Duo Twins Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding Pillow is our new and improved feeding cushion that works in perfect harmony with you and you twins, giving you all the best nursing experience possible. Every mothers dream and, as parents of twins, we highly recommend this as your No.1 multiples-must-have item!

Our innovative, high performance products, designed by our specialist team of twins mums, are independently recommended by parents of twins as well as being used by hospitals, midwives, multiple birth classes, antenatal NCT teachers, breastfeeding counsellors, twins clubs and daycare nurseries. Visit our Resource Centre for Twins Tips on Breastfeeding, Bottle Feeding and Expressing Breastmilk.

3. Twin Baby Carrier: Another must have piece of equipment - a twin baby carrier is absolutely necessary for busy and active mums and dads of twins. Babies can ride comfortably facing mum or dad and these carriers are a safe way to transport babies on foot. The Weego Twin Baby Carrier is intended for use with infants during the first few months and enables you to carry both twin babies together. This not only allows you to give both of your babies a lot of closeness and physical contact but also facilitates the ability to do everyday activities like shopping or going for walks without having to take your buggy too!

- Supports the bonding between parent and child(ren)

- Promotes the development of personality and self-confidence.

- Supports the development of linguistic abilities and motor skills.

The Weego Twin sling makes this closeness possible giving the babies the space to discover the world and leaving parents hands free to explore with them!

4. Large Changing Bags: Forget those dowdy changing bags with no space! Take a look at our range of distinctive and stylish changing bags with room enough to store everything your need for twins or triplets and complete with two insulated bottle/food holders, lots of storage pockets and adjustable straps - and yes, they do fit a twin buggy!

Our ranges change (no pun intended!) quite often but you can be assured that they all have to pass our test of being big enough for twins or triplets.we have different styles like super stylish Hospital and Maternity Bags to get up and go Backpacks as well as a wide selection of large Changing Bags.

Check out the full range under Change Us in our online shop and dont forget to review our Twins Tips for our Hospital Bag Checklist and Changing Bag Checklist.

5. Double Breast Pump: This is an absolute necessity if you intend to express breastmilk for your twins or triplets. There are a lot of choices on the market, however we have selected the two which we consider to be the best for mothers of twins or triplets. Given you'll be feeding twins (all multiples) every 2-3 hours in the early months, you need a pump that packs a punch!

Feeding your twins breastmilk is the best start you can give them, and whilst it's not always possible to breastfeed twins, double pumping gives you the best of both worlds...important nutrition for your twin babies and a super-efficient pumping for home or on the go!

Our choices are the Ardo Calypso-To-Go Breastpump or the Medela Freestyle Double Pump, both are available in one of our Express Yourself TwinKits which includes a Twin Feeding Cushion and Two Double Duty Diaries which will keep you on track for the first 6 months.

Breastfeeding is not for everyone so if you decide to bottle feed dont feel guilty as modern formula milk is also nutritious. You will need to have your equipment ready to go and our Closer to Nature TwinKit has been specially designed to provide you with the essential kit you need to bottle feed twins. You can also use the harmony Duo Twin Feeding Cushion for bottle feeding...just flip it to the blue side and your twins will be happy and comfy during tandem feeding.

6. Twins Daily Dairy Double Duty : Keep track of your newborn twins feedings, nappy changing, medications, naps and other important information with these easy-to-use, daily schedules designed by a twin mum just for you and your twins! Our Double Duty Diary is easy to use 'fill-in' style book contains 3 months supply and is in a handy A5 size, perfect to pop in your changing bag.

Also available: Double Helpings Diary - a Daily Food Diary and Weaning Guide for Twins and Double Daycare Daily Childcare Diary and Development Guide for Twins. We also have Twin and Triple Packs of Diaries on special Multi-Buy offers. New for expectant mothers of multiples is Double Bump - Twin Pregnancy Diary and Guide.

7. Nappy Changing is as easy as 1, 2, 3! With 10,000 nappies to change before your twins are potty trained, you need a system that's practical, convenient and super-hygienic! We've combined the best equipment you'll need for nappy changing twins at home in our Harmony Duo Nappy Changing TwinKit - a nappy disposal system, fragranced nappy bag and the ultra-hygienic harmony duo double changing mat - this is the perfect kit for two and fantastic value for you!

8. Co-Sleeping Twins or Triplets? The award winning and internationally acclaimed Arm's Reach Universal Twin Co-Sleeper Cot is now available from TwinsUK. This provides an exciting and long lasting alternative to moses baskets and can co-sleep newborn twins or even triplets in the same room as the parents, which has been highly recommended by baby experts for the first six months.

An award-winning secure bedside cot that keeps your twin babies within easy reach allowing you to feed, change or soothe them quickly. Allows you to co-sleep newborn twins in your room for 6 months, as recommended by health experts - happy babies, happy parents, all within an arm's reach! As a bedside cot, free-standing cot, a playpen and a travel cot all-in-one, this really is a flexible and cost-effective solution for parents who put safety, comfort and convenience at the top of their twins' list!

9. Twins & Triplets Safety Reins As your twins (or triplets) grow and get to their feet, the fun really starts! Our reins are for use from around 12-15m months when your children are steady on their feet and ready to run!! Our reins are specially designed safety harnesses for twins (or triplets) that give you peace of mind when out and about with your twin toddlers whether its out walking, at the park, getting in/out of the car, crossing the road or out shopping these reins keep your twins close to you and safe from harm.

The great thing about these is that instead of buying two sets of walking reins, you only need to buy one Twin Set (or Triple Set) that covers all your needs. They even come in their own handy carry pouch. Re-designed by our experts, made in Great Britain and tested by parents of twins, these are award-winning twin reins. With safety, comfort and convenience in mind, these really are the Rolls Royce of reins - only the best for you and your duo or trio!

10. Multiples How-To Books: New parents of twins, triplets and quadruplets often need a lot of help when caring for their new babies most baby books cover all the aspects of caring for one baby but imagine having two or more to figure out! Visit the TwinsUK Books Department for a wide selection of books and guides on pregnancy, labour and birth as well as how to care and parent twins, triplets and more as they grow into interesting and lively children! We have books covering multiple pregnancy, the early years, the school years and beyond. We also have twin-themed childrens books that will be enjoyed by all.

And can always call us or drop us a line if you need any help. We have specialist advisors available, all experienced mums of twins and siblings, who have extensive knowledge and are happy to help you - we know how daunting it can be too!

For more information to help you through your journey, please visit our Resource Centre and check out all our other TWINS TIPS

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