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    Default Asking for a friend WDYT of her baby registry must haves?? what should she add

    My best friend is pregnant with twins! Im soo excited!! Im due in october and have been researching baby products since the test was positive lol. She is due in late winter. After looking at baby stores for months for myself Im helping her research her own baby registry items. What do you think our list so far?

    Car seats - Chicco 30 (good for smaller babies we hear)
    Car seat covers - Uppababy infant cabana - stop strangers lol and JJ cole bundle me
    Stroller(s) - Bugaboo Donkey (only parents facing twin stroller we think, has car seat adapters for chicco. Able to fit in her soon to be bought mini van heavy but doable. In line double Britax b ready seems to be the best option. Possible snap and go but we keep hearing from other parents its a pain to push/steer. Travel stroller maclaren or city mini
    Carriers ergo and kindercarry wraps vatanai moby
    Swings - Fisher price snug a bunny
    bouncers - Baby bjorn babysitter balance
    bassinets - Graco twin option also looking at bigger arms reach co sleeper
    mobile - infant stim mobile
    Travel cribs - Baby Bjorn
    fisher price sleep and play rockers snug a bunny
    Baby monitor - motorola digital
    Humidifier - crane cool mist
    High chair graco blossom
    Bottles Born free
    E z nursing pillow or my breast friend twin also regular boppy and regular my breast friend.
    nursing stool medela
    Breast bump medela hands free pump
    Bath tub Paj tub and eurobath primo
    baby wash california baby
    bath kneeler aquatopia
    Diaper pail diaper dekor plus
    Diaper pampers swaddlers
    Diaper Cream Tripple past desitin creamy aquaphor for barrier cream
    Diaper Bag Ju Ju Be BFF diaper bad with all accessories also looking at the bigger Ju Ju be for overnights
    Gyms Lamaze space symphony motions gym/baby mirrors/ various toys
    Swaddle blankets aden and anais miracle blanket and sleep sacks

    Anything to add, deduct?, or change? Thank you!

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    We may have a change up after looking at double strollers today in Buy Buy Baby.

    Maxi Cosi car seats instead of Chicco Keyfit 30
    It turns out chicco car seats are not very stroller compatible. The fabric is also scratchy. Getting in and out of the base was very easy though and we liked the weight limit.

    Bugaboo Donkey Twin
    IS AMAZING! Ridiculously expensive but it checks every box (infant to toddler use, reversible seats, adjustable handle, amazing push, the best maneuverability of ANY double stroller.) We actually got a chance to push a 3 and 4 year old around the store and had a great ease of use. Huge foot print but not a deal breaker. Fits through a standard door!

    iCandy peach stroller
    Great inline for twins! We liked that two car seats could snap in facing the parent. Two bassinets can also be used but looked complicated.

    Maclaren Twin Techno - Great travel stroller

    We are going to skip the double snap and go. After trying it out we decided we both hated it. It has an awful push, terrible maneuverability, and that was it EMPTY. I cant imagine it holding two big babies but I guess for the price it would be worth it for some families on a budget.

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    I don't have twins, but I'd advise you to look at the Cybex Aton car seats instead of the Maxi Cosi. They use the same adapters for strollers. The Maxi Cosi is not a favorite in terms of install, etc. The Cybex is amazing except for the crappy canopy. I have a Bugaboo Bee and snap it in with the Maxi Cosi adapters. It also fits small babies very well.

    A friend has the Donkey and I think it's a great stroller, I would totally get one if I had twins or closely spaced kids. You could also look at the Valco Spark Twin and the Stroll Air my Duo (both have reversible seats).

    On your OP you mentioned Bundle Me's for the car seats, that's a big no-no, they're ok for the stroller seat but are unsafe in the car seats since they interfere with the harness (same reason you should not put bulky coats on kids in car seats, they can compress in an accident and the harness would be too loose to protect the child). For car seats you should look at shower cap style covers, JJ Cole has one.
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    For bouncers, I really prefer the Fisher Price Rainforest. Everyone I know who had two, or one at home and one at the parents that was different, just wished they had all of the Fisher Price Rainforest.

    I never used a mobile and think they are not worth it. (I did buy one but it was a waste).

    I would not buy too many of one bottle. Every baby likes/needs different things and you should try out a couple. FWIW, I tried a bunch and DD (and I) prefered the Playtex drop ins. For twins, I would think the ease of cleaning would make it a must have.

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    Car Seats: I don't have twins, but my friends who do have twins all have the Chicco KFs. They are supposed to be good for smaller babies. I have heard awful things about the Maxi Cosi. Terrible install, kids grow out of them very fast. Wouldn't be my choice.

    Carseat covers: Beware of the JJ Coles. Many go between the baby and the carseat which is not considered to be safe. The best covers are the shower cap style covers that go over the carseat, not under the baby.

    Bouncers: Correct me if I am wrong, but the bjorn doesn't vibrate right? Both my girls preferred the seats that vibrated.

    Baby Monitor: How much wireless stuff does she have going on in her house? We are really tech heavy in our house and the only monitor that worked was the Sony Baby Call

    Love the Rock N Play Sleepers and Arms Reach Co-Sleepers

    High Chairs: I would look for something easier to clean than that. If your friend wants something High End, the Stokke Tripp Trapp or one of the Boon chairs are a lot easier to clean. The crevices on the Graco style high chairs are a PITA. I personally prefer the Fisher Price Space Saver seats.

    Bottles: Don't buy a lot. You never know if your baby will like a particular set of bottles. Some people have to try a lot of different ones. Also she may want a bottle warmer. Is your friend going back to work? If so, I love my microwave sterilizer for cleaning the bottles after daycare. I also like to have a drying wrack for the bottles because they never come out of the dishwasher or the sterilizer dry. Nipples of different flow speeds too if she wants to be thorough and a brush for cleaning the bottles.

    Baby wash: Check some threads there has been some recent hub bub about California baby changing its formula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edurnemk View Post
    I don't have twins, but I'd advise you to look at the Cybex Aton car seats instead of the Maxi Cosi. They use the same adapters for strollers. The Maxi Cosi is not a favorite in terms of install, etc. The Cybex is amazing except for the crappy canopy. I have a Bugaboo Bee and snap it in with the Maxi Cosi adapters. It also fits small babies very well.

    A friend has the Donkey and I think it's a great stroller, I would totally get one if I had twins or closely spaced kids. You could also look at the Valco Spark Twin and the Stroll Air my Duo (both have reversible seats).

    On your OP you mentioned Bundle Me's for the car seats, that's a big no-no, they're ok for the stroller seat but are unsafe in the car seats since they interfere with the harness (same reason you should not put bulky coats on kids in car seats, they can compress in an accident and the harness would be too loose to protect the child). For car seats you should look at shower cap style covers, JJ Cole has one.

    I think car seats are still up in the air. We really liked chicco but they dont fit into many strollers we will add cybex aton to the list of products to research thank your for your suggestion!

    She only wants one side by side stroller to begin with and if they grow out of the bugaboo donkey we have the Valco spark on our list!

    Agree about car seat safety we thought they all went over the outside of the seat we will be sure to fix that on her registry to make sure they are the over the car seat kind. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philly Mom View Post
    For bouncers, I really prefer the Fisher Price Rainforest. Everyone I know who had two, or one at home and one at the parents that was different, just wished they had all of the Fisher Price Rainforest.

    I never used a mobile and think they are not worth it. (I did buy one but it was a waste).

    I would not buy too many of one bottle. Every baby likes/needs different things and you should try out a couple. FWIW, I tried a bunch and DD (and I) prefered the Playtex drop ins. For twins, I would think the ease of cleaning would make it a must have.
    To be honest I think she just likes the styling of the baby bjorn.

    All of my charges (I was a nanny and certified new born specialist) LOVED the infant stim mobile. Its black and red with cards you can switch out with colors when baby is older. Only 20 bucks and provides something interesting for baby to look at.

    Agree all babies may like different bottles Born free are the ones we are going to try and hope work first!

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    Agree with pp's- a vibrating bouncy seat trumps a stylish bouncy seat with no vibes! Vibration on= where my babies napped when they weren't in my arms! Couldn't have done without it.

    I think the Tiny Love mobiles are fantastic. The toys are angled in a way that the baby sees contrasts. The music box plays for a nice long time and can be used long after you have to take the arm piece off. It was our favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyBearsMom View Post
    Car Seats: I don't have twins, but my friends who do have twins all have the Chicco KFs. They are supposed to be good for smaller babies. I have heard awful things about the Maxi Cosi. Terrible install, kids grow out of them very fast. Wouldn't be my choice.

    Carseat covers: Beware of the JJ Coles. Many go between the baby and the carseat which is not considered to be safe. The best covers are the shower cap style covers that go over the carseat, not under the baby.

    Bouncers: Correct me if I am wrong, but the bjorn doesn't vibrate right? Both my girls preferred the seats that vibrated.

    Baby Monitor: How much wireless stuff does she have going on in her house? We are really tech heavy in our house and the only monitor that worked was the Sony Baby Call

    Love the Rock N Play Sleepers and Arms Reach Co-Sleepers

    High Chairs: I would look for something easier to clean than that. If your friend wants something High End, the Stokke Tripp Trapp or one of the Boon chairs are a lot easier to clean. The crevices on the Graco style high chairs are a PITA. I personally prefer the Fisher Price Space Saver seats.

    Bottles: Don't buy a lot. You never know if your baby will like a particular set of bottles. Some people have to try a lot of different ones. Also she may want a bottle warmer. Is your friend going back to work? If so, I love my microwave sterilizer for cleaning the bottles after daycare. I also like to have a drying wrack for the bottles because they never come out of the dishwasher or the sterilizer dry. Nipples of different flow speeds too if she wants to be thorough and a brush for cleaning the bottles.

    Baby wash: Check some threads there has been some recent hub bub about California baby changing its formula.
    Agree about chicco just wished they were more stroller friendly. You will use a car seat for a year if you are lucky. A stroller for 3+. We played with a few of them and Maxi fit into the bugaboo donkey and iCandy peach. My friend is against the use of car seats outside of cars but having twins in the winter I think it will be impossible not to.

    Agree about safe shower cap style bundles. We will register for those!

    Baby bjorn does not vibrate but they last forever (2+ years as opposed to 6 months) and bounce with the baby motion which we like. She will also register for a vibrating seat we are thinking snug a bunny by fisher price.
    Only because everyone we talk to talk about vibrating seats!

    She really wants a video baby monitor the motorola gets the best reviews on amazon. If it does not work we will look into the sony baby call but I dont believe it has a video option.

    I like fisher price high chairs she just really fell in love with the graco pattern. The new graco high chairs get amazing reviews so maybe graco finally made a high chair as easy to clean as fisher price.

    Trying one set of bottles first and hoping for the best. lol. I think sterilizers are a huge waste if you have a dishwasher so I think we will skip that. Like the boon grass bottle rack (can use it for wine glasses after baby)

    Honestly it seems like the internet hates all baby wash. We just picked that one out of exasperation.

    Thank your for your great suggestions and reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edurnemk View Post
    I don't have twins, but I'd advise you to look at the Cybex Aton car seats instead of the Maxi Cosi. They use the same adapters for strollers. The Maxi Cosi is not a favorite in terms of install, etc. The Cybex is amazing except for the crappy canopy. I have a Bugaboo Bee and snap it in with the Maxi Cosi adapters. It also fits small babies very well.

    On your OP you mentioned Bundle Me's for the car seats, that's a big no-no, they're ok for the stroller seat but are unsafe in the car seats since they interfere with the harness (same reason you should not put bulky coats on kids in car seats, they can compress in an accident and the harness would be too loose to protect the child).
    The cybex aton actually has a winter footmuff designed for the aton but I am not sure if it sells in the US. Maybe regal lager (the US distributer) could tell you where to get it in the US. They have great customer service and are very responsive to email. I got the aton and am having a December baby but I just plan on using good old fashioned blankets.

    Since I have another baby I have also been looking around for cool new baby products and these are the ones I have my eyes on.

    • Blooming Bath: I like the look of the puj tub too and I haven't use either so I can't compare but this bath looks so snuggly and cute, I couldn't resist putting it on my registry.
    • Snuzzler: This is inexpensive but I think its a nice thing to have for those in between days when you want to put them in the stroller seat instead of a bassinet or car seat.
    • Boon spoon for plum organics: My dd loved the plum organics as on the go snacks. Love the idea of this spoon to make feeding even easier.
    • Boon baby food masher: I already have a blender that works just fine for making super smooth purees but this looks like a nice tool to make some chunkier baby foods and I could use it during nap time.
    • Boon Winter Grass Countertop Drying Rack: Looks cool and there is always some sort of baby product that needs drying.
    • Nosefrida: So gross but I have heard nothing but incredible things about it.


    This baby is my third and these are the items I have been using since being a first time mom:

    • Moby: Love it and could not live without it! I know there is a twin hold in the directions so I would definitely recommend it to your friend.
    • Baby Swing: Mine is batter operated only. I wish I had the option to plug it in or use batteries.
    • Baby Bouncer: I wish I had chose a more neutral pattern that fit more into the home decor and didn't scream baby so much but there weren't as many options when I had my first.
    • Medela PIS: Still going strong.
    • Medela hand pump: Love my hand held pump. I keep it in the diaper bag so I am prepared at all times and it works great on airplanes and similar travel.
    • Gumdrop pacifiers: Love these! I bought mine directly from Hawaiian Medical but I believe they are available at retail locations now.
    • Fisher price space saver chair: I like it, its well designed but if I had to do it over I might pick something fancier like a tripp trapp or something similar.
    • Sophie the Giraffe: Incredible teether, it really is as awesome as everyone says.
    • Play gym: Easiest item to bring over to homes where no kids live. Throw it on a carpet and baby has a place to play while adults can talk. We didn't have a fancy one, no batteries necessary, kids loved it all the same.
    • Blankets, towels, washcloths, burp cloths, etc: Only the nicest of these stick around. I would be very particular about registering for quality ones aka skip the gerber towels and washcloths they are too thin but their cloth dipes work great as burp cloths although they aren't very cute. I might also think about just registering for toddler towels and skip the tiny infant ones altogether.
    • Baby leggings: Adorable on boys and girls and make diaper changes a breeze. A nice onesie and baby legs are perfect for all those around the house days.


    That's all I can think of for now. HTH!
    AF wife and SAHM of three
    DS(2007.March) DD(2009.July) DS(2012.December)

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