Factors Before You Purchase a Crib for Twins

 

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Just because you are having twins doesn’t mean that you need two of everything. Families may be able to get by with one crib — at least initially. Newborn babies are small, and they don’t move around very much. Or perhaps an alternative arrangement will suffice for the first few weeks or months, such as a bassinet (s) or portable crib.

Stability – This may seem very basic, and it is, it is one of the most important factors you have to take in, before buying a crib, especially for twins. There are some cheap options on the market that don’t have good assembly and are pretty shaky and wobbly even from small movements, and this may affect the sleep pattern of your children. Crib material When your babies start sitting or standing up, they may begin gnawing on the sides of their cribs. Before buying a crib for twins, make sure that the items are free from toxic chemicals like PVC and latex. The paint used should be lead-free and any finish applied should be non-toxic and child-safe.

The last thing here to consider before getting yourself a nice looking crib for the twins at home is the durability. The beds are supposed to be used by the kids for a long time. They need to be durable and long lasting.

You do not have to worry about it when buying cots because cots are used for one to two years only. It may seem like a no-brainer, but you should be able to get your child out of the crib without struggling. Consider your height and check the height of the crib before purchasing. Also take into consideration that many cribs have an adjustable mattress level that can be lowered as the child grows, but also so you can pick up your child easier.

For co-sleeping, the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper is the go-to choice for parents of multiples. There are two issues to be made aware of. First, your twins might not take to well to being cooped up in super-close proximity.

The second is (like bassinets) you can’t use a co-sleeper for that long. Buying two cribs for twins is expensive and before you know it, your twins will need to be sleeping in toddler beds. Buying convertible cribs for twins from the start will save you hundreds of dollars in the future. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents of twins to have then each sleep in their own crib.

That practice has been shown to reduce the incidents of Sudden Infant. Crib bedding / flat sheets / pillows / bumpers (unless they are breathable bumpers!) These are suffocation hazards for babies. The only things in the crib should be a mattress that fits snuggly to the crib (no gaps) and a firmly fitted crib sheet. Mobiles need for twins.

You have several styles of cribs for twins to look at and consider. As soon as your twins are born, be they fraternal or identical, they can sleep in a single crib together for upwards of five months. After that time they start to roll over onto each other or kick each other.

Remember to keep them swaddled and not use bumper pads. When your twins are very young, they are used to sleeping in their own cribs and room. However, when you are traveling with twins, you would be well served with a portable crib for twins. What is the best travel bed for twins?

That depends on your twins’ age and how much space you have as you travel.

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Even more important than the price and decorative style of the crib are the safety elements.

“The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine
from The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy
by Vicki Iovine
Pocket Books, 2007

However, if your child is younger than 2 1/2 and it’s financially feasible, I would encourage you to simply investin a second crib.

“Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents” by Alexis Dubief
from Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents
by Alexis Dubief
Lomhara Press, 2017

The crib should be checked frequently to be sure hardware is secured tightly and no loose, missing, or broken parts are present.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing E-Book” by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book
by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

• The crib mattress should be firm and should fit very snugly, with no room for the baby to become trapped between the mattress and the crib.

“Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span E-Book” by Carole Lium Edelman, Carol Lynn Mandle, Elizabeth C. Kudzma
from Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span E-Book
by Carole Lium Edelman, Carol Lynn Mandle, Elizabeth C. Kudzma
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

Safety in the Home The baby’s crib should have a firm mattress that fits snugly in the crib on a secure support.

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

• Keep the crib and playpen well away from radiators, heat vents, and portable heaters.

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from Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

Just make sure that if you get a used crib or mattress it meets the current safety standards.

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from The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths
by Susan Magee, Kara Nakisbendi
Quirk Books, 2006

Ideally, information regarding correct crib design should be given prenatally, before parents have purchased or borrowed a crib.*

“Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children Multimedia Enhanced Version” by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson, Donna L. Wong, Annette Baker, R.N., Patrick Barrera, Debbie Fraser Askin
from Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children Multimedia Enhanced Version
by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson, et. al.
Mosby/Elsevier, 2013

Specific standards have been adopted for baby cribs, including rail height, spacing of crib components, interior dimensions, acceptable hardware, finishing details, and instructions to be included with items that require assembly, for both full-size and non-full-size cribs.

“Importers Manual USA: The Single Source Reference Encyclopedia for Importing to the United States” by Edward G. Hinkelman, Myron Manley, Karla C. Shippey, James L. Nolan, Wendy Bidwell, Alexandra Woznick
from Importers Manual USA: The Single Source Reference Encyclopedia for Importing to the United States
by Edward G. Hinkelman, Myron Manley, et. al.
World Trade Press, 2003

And if you’re having more than two, you may want to look into bunked cribs, which offer an individual space for each baby.

“Dad's Guide To Pregnancy For Dummies” by Mathew Miller, Sharon Perkins
from Dad’s Guide To Pregnancy For Dummies
by Mathew Miller, Sharon Perkins
Wiley, 2014

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  • They will have lived together for almost 9 months and then put them separate.
    I personally keep them together. Why not put them into new cot on your side of bed and when Emma is ready to move to big girl bed then put them over to the cots in their own room.
    Ultimately it’s your guys decision. The have that twin bond. Just my thoughts xx

  • I’m a twin & my parents said that we did terribly apart. We slept in the same crib and they would place us apart, but we would inch our way to one another and sleep snuggled up together. I would def recommend the twin bassinet. They would probably do better.

  • In my experience with my twins, they HATED touching each other, they would lay on the floor holding hands crying bcuz they were touching. But a big however, is a lot of twin prefer to be touching each other as thats all they have known is having their twin there. So it ultimately depends on them whether you have a double or even two separate halos ❤️

  • I would do single bassinets because for future use of another baby if one breaks you have an extra, and you probably wouldn’t put one baby in a twin bassinet

  • a Tiffany blue or teal kind of color and yellow are perfect gender neutral colors. i used a lot if those colors with mine since we waited to

  • Hey Rachel! I’m only just starting on YouTube and I’m planning out how I want my channel to be! Do you have any helpful tips for any aspiring new you tubers? Love you xx

  • You need to watch Gabe and Jess she nursed twins and did great with it. Just put in breastfeeding twins shes got it all on her channel.

  • Ok!!! I’m crying watching this shopping excursion!! I truly love you guys and feel Bynn shopping with you. Can’t wait to see genders if you decide. I fell a tad behind because of a loss to my fam. I’ll catch up soon! Can I send a gift to the PO BOX? Perhaps a gift card? Lmk. I know that may sound like a “dumb”question but I’m not able to think on my toes right now… lol! Thank you and can’t wait!!! I love seeing your happiness!! It’s surreal for me a tad… ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Emma and the twins need a Scripture Lullaby bear: https://scripture-lullabies.com/product/sl-teddy-bear/ No affiliation just think these are amazing and make great gifts!

  • Omg I have been so busy these past few months and your BUMP!!! Girl!! I also remember last time I saw your guys channel you were talking about speech therapy or something for emma and how she might start blabbering at this age and wow she is SO talkative!! I seriously cannot wait for the twins and to find out their genders when you guys have them ���� I know twins usually are tinier but my cousin had 8 lb twins and I can’t help but be curious of their weight since emma lol.

  • I think u should get the twins basanett. U look so beautiful �� pregnant..n also yellow n mint green r also colors for boys or girls.. love u guys, ur just the cutest little family..many blessings to you and your family ♥️♥️♥️

  • i don’t have kids yet lol but i would get the twin bassinet and put that on your side of the bed and put your single one on justins side that way if for what ever reason one of you wouldn’t be home that night both babies could be on one side and you don’t have to move much to get to one or the other

  • If they are girls Eva and Emily had been super cool:-) and if it they are boys James and Jakob and if they are boy and girl sarah and thomas❤❤

  • I just started watching your channel. I cannot wait to see what you guys are having!!!!!!! Did they say if they’re identical or in separate sacks? My sister had twin girls, but didn’t find out until she was almost 7 months along and only found out because she had a test done to detect down syndrome and it ended up coming back inconclusive due to the extra chromosomes from the extra baby. She was minutes away from having an amniocentesis done and it was then that they detected the other twin on 4D ultrasound. Their hearts were in sync with each other at all her spots. My moms mom was a twin as well, but she had a twin brother. I wasn’t blessed with twins, but we were blessed with 4 sweet girls and our last was a boy ����������Congratulations to you all!!!!!!!!��������������������������������������������

  • I have twins we skipped the bassinet and they share a crib there 3 months old now once there a little older I will separate them to there own cribs and yes you only need one bath tub ��

  • My daughter nursed twins for 2 years. They were never given formula. She used baby led system. to introduce solids. She was also nursing a 2 year old son. You can do this. I stayed with her for a month. She delivered at 39w5d. The boys weighed 8 lbs. her first son was 9 #15oz. They wanted to deliver her at 35 weeks, but due to positive NST’s and biophysical profiles she waited to deliver at term.

  • Twins tend to be much more comforted when they are close to each other so I would recommend the twin bassinet! My twin niece and nephew slept in the same crib until they started rolling over.

  • I had the hatch changing pad and it was not accurate at all. I was super excited about it but I ended up returning it. I would weigh my daughter back to back and it would be off significantly which makes things difficult when what you are weighing doesn’t weigh a lot to begin with.

  • I have twin sisters and personally I feel that a bassinet together would be good because they hated to be separated so we just put a blanket in between to keep them semi separate.