A good friend of mine in Australia, who is also laden with a growing bump, asked me the other day what kind of gear we’re looking at needing for the Pretzels. It was curiosity on her part, but bloody good impetus for me to actually delve into the parenting books to make a list. (This wasn’t too big an ask. I love making lists.)
So here is what we’re looking at getting over the coming few months, some new, most likely second-hand.
• 1 Baby Jogger City Select stroller. After looking around and asking advice, we’ve settled on the Baby Jogger City Select, as it is multifunctional and has tiered seating. The double-wide strollers are just too annoying on footpaths and block the whole aisle at the Farmer’s market, while many tandem strollers leave one poor kid staring into the back of the other one’s seat. The City Select seems to avoid both of these issues, and can be used with car seats. RRP $570 + tax (but we’re waiting to see if it comes on special in the next month or so).
• 2 Graco Infant Car Seats. Cheap, light and fit the above stroller. Done. About $180 + tax.
• 2 bassinets. Looking for small ones with handles, so they can sleep by our bedside and be carried downstairs (or even into the back yard) if need be. Can’t find ’em in the shops, so are crossing our fingers there will be some at the semi-annual sale held by the KW Parents of Multiple Births Association in April.
• 1 crib. Once they grow out of the bassinets, they can probably share a crib for a while. Will likely get a second-hand one, but if we were to buy new I’d have a hard time going past this Shermag one:
• 6-10 fitted sheets
• 8 – 10 blankets: 4-6 wool/afghans, 2 soft flannel, 2 receiving (maybe) – as recommended by a really helpful book we have.
• 1 change pad. Likely will put it on top of drawers we already own.
• Subscription to a nappy/diaper service. We’ll use disposables at the very start, and will keep some on hand for going out, etc, but we mostly hope to rely on cloth nappies (that will be carted away and washed somewhere else!) Currently tossing up between Storky’s and Bear Bottoms.
• Some kind of bin/bucket to put used nappies in. Pee-yew!
• 1 Baby monitor. Friends swear by the Motorola video-screen monitor. Not so much for helicopter-parenting, but to have an idea if the kid is freaking out or just exercising their lungs.
• 1 portable crib/playpen, for downstairs and going out. Trying to avoid garish monstrosities is a challenge.
• 1 sling/wrap. My friend has already given us a men’s sling, so we’ll likely just get one more for me.
• A nursing pillow. The pillows for twins are apparently huge, and hugely helpful.
• Bath towels. Things for wee people are so cute!
• 8-10 terry cloth onesies
• 8-10 cotton shirts
• 8-10 sleep gowns/bags
• 2 hats, because it’ll be summer. 🙂
Something tells me most of the clothing has been packed into a box that my mum sent from Australia the other day… Shall wait to see what arrives before going and buying things.
• Breast pump, bottles, and sterilizer.
Once they’re a few months old:
• Sit up pillows
• Weaning stuff and baby-food-prep equipment
• Bouncer seats, to keep ’em entertained.
• Baby gates
• Infant-to-toddler car seats that will take them through to kid-dom.
I am totally sure there’s heaps of stuff not on this list that would be super handy and helpful, but according to my research, these are the essentials. Not a small list at all, but if we plug away at it over the coming months, we might just get there. I probably won’t keep a tally of the costs, though. That’s just too scary!