i have found myself in the most intense nesting mode i’ve ever experienced with any of my other pregnancies this past month or so. i think a lot of it has to do with the fact that you read and hear a lot of stories of twins arriving much earlier than anticipated, so you want to be as ready as you can be. and also the fact that while i do have three littles already, we had gotten rid of the majority of all of our baby things after having conrad. while we didn’t feel like our family was complete by any means and were always hoping for another baby, having items you aren’t using in tiny new york city apartments never makes much sense, so we gave away and got rid of all that baby stuff taking up valuable real estate in our closets or under bed storage containers for the time being (although i DID hold onto many newborn clothing pieces from eleanor and the boys first year or two just in case! couldn’t help myself there!)
i’m a firm believer that you don’t really need everything they say you need for a new baby. at least, each of us doesn’t need the same things as everyone else… since we will all go about those first few years differently, figuring out what works best for our individual families. an example… for us, i finally realized when conrad was about 2 months old that his crib was just silly for us, because he’d only ever co-slept in our bed since i breastfeed on demand and after having that revelation, i was like, “we need to get rid of this thing today.” and so we did. i felt i had to have a crib for however many years because that’s what you’re told, but i don’t think any of my three kids ever slept a full night in one. (for the twins, i realize having two babies in our queen size bed could actually really backfire, so we are getting a twin co-sleeper that goes beside our bed for those first few months, then we’ll reevaluate as they get a little bigger! but they’ll be in our room in the beginning so i’ve brought a dresser into our bedroom for their things and made a changing table up top.)
so, a question for you!
as i’ve started trying to figure out what baby items are the most essential to bring back into our home this time around, i am so curious to hear what baby products or items you have found critical for you and your own little one during this period. I’m also especially anxious to hear from anyone with multiples… what baby items or products did you find you really needed two of, and which ones were major life savers? this landscape of baby must-haves changes so quickly every year or two, with new inventions and ideas coming to light all the time, so many being so genius! i’d love for anyone who has found something incredibly beneficial when it comes to things for baby (or for new moms!) to share in the comments below with all of us!
baby items pictured:
raspberry colored baby changer on top of dresser, sophie the giraffe (all three of my kids were obsessed with this teething toy), tiny newborn bow headbands, orange and yellow lady bug blouse was a vintage find that eleanor wore, and thin pink striped ruffle bloomer. lemon zipper onesie, yellow striped swaddle blanket.