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‘Irish twins’ can be a huge challenge for parents particularly when it comes to buying baby gear. As the Irish twins were not born at the same time, but within 12 months of each other, parents need to stagger what they buy. Unlike regular twins where the babies’ needs will always be the same, Irish twins will require gear that is slightly different. However, this shouldn’t mean that it is any more difficult to buy baby gear. Here is our guide to buying for Irish Twins.
With a baby in your house and another on the way, you will need to buy separate cribs. As we noted in our post Essential Nursery Design Tips for Twins, the cribs should be separated so they won’t try to climb into each other’s cribs, putting them at risk.
The cribs reviewed by Medical News Today offer a wide selection depending on your budget. If you’re looking for an affordable yet versatile one, you won’t regret the DaVinci Kalani Convertible Crib. Its sturdy frame can be converted to a daybed, toddler bed, and, eventually, a full-size bed, allowing it to grow up with your kids. The longer span of use will save you money in the long term.
A double pushchair
Pushchairs or strollers are a reliable, convenient method of transporting both your kids. And with them so close in age, you’ll benefit greatly from investing in a double pushchair that can be used for newborns, babies, and toddlers. The collection of double pushchairs on iCandy can support a combined weight of up to 25 kg, so they’ll be usable even when your eldest grows to the age of 3 or 4. You can also buy models that are both front and parent facing, which is ideal as your newborn will prefer looking at their parents, while the slightly older will be comfortable looking out at the word.
It’ll be up to you whether you get a side-by-side stroller or a tandem model. Side-by-side strollers are easier to fold and will allow your kids to interact with one another. Meanwhile, tandem pushchairs are the same width as single strollers, making them an ideal option for urban walks.
A huge diaper bag
Having Irish twins means bringing two different sets of baby essentials — such as bottles, diapers, toys, and clothes — every time you leave the house. As such, you’ll need a huge diaper bag to accommodate all their things.
A list of diaper bag backpacks by Verywell Family includes the HapTim Multi-function Baby Diaper Bag. At first glance, it may be small, but with its 17 pockets, you’ll have organized storage and easy access to your babies’ things. Its high-quality materials also guarantee its durability to endure the weight of the items, while its padded shoulder straps provide a comfortable way of carrying the load.
Two high chairs (or one and a booster seat)
By the time your babies are ready to try solid food, they will need a lift to reach the table. This roundup of the best high chairs from The Strategist suggests one for your every need. Ranking high on their list is the Cosco Simple Fold High Chair. Its benefits greatly outweigh its price, as for only $45, you’ll get a lightweight, portable, and sturdy high chair, which can easily be cleaned and stored. However, if you’re on a budget and have a limited amount of space a single high chair, plus a booster seat, is the more practical choice.
Caring for Irish twins is definitely a challenge, but as long as you have the right essentials, you’ll soon find that things become a lot easier. This is why it’s important to do your research and purchase everything you need beforehand.