If you’re expecting twins or have already given birth to them, know that you’ll need double the items, double the focus, double the energy and double the organization. No one ever said it’s going to be easy!
Now, we’re not saying you’ll need to pack everything but the kitchen sink, but definitely be ready to pack a whole bunch of items.
In this article, we’re going to go over our tried and tested diaper bag checklist for twins, so read on!
What to Pack in a Diaper Bag for Twins
When putting together a diaper bag for two babies, here’s a list of all the items and accessories you’ll need, as well as how much of each you should bring along.
Obviously enough, you need diapers! A good rule of thumb to follow is to pack one diaper per baby for each hour you’ll be away from home.
So, if you’re going to be out of the house for 3 hours, pack 6 diapers in total – 3 diapers for one baby, and 3 diapers for the other.
When you’re done with that, throw in an extra diaper (per baby), just in case.
Other parents of twins stick to packing one diaper for each baby for every 2 hours they’ll be outside the house, but I like to stick to the safe side and pack one diaper for each baby for each hour we’ll be away from home. Better safe than sorry!
Bring along disposable diaper wipes in a closed package. One large packet of wipes is usually all you need for two babies.
It would be perfect if you bought a diaper bag that makes it as easy as possible for you to take wipes out without it being too much of a hassle and wasting time.
Diaper wipes aren’t just for changing diapers, they’re also useful for other cleaning needs as well.
Diaper Rash Cream
You should always have a tube or jar of diaper rash cream handy in your diaper bag, especially if you’re looking after twins, since the chances you’ll need it are now double.
Have garbage bags at your disposal to store soiled diapers in until you get back home and manage to dispose of them properly (if you’re using disposable diapers), or store them properly until it’s time to do laundry (if you’re using cloth diapers).
Besides soiled diapers, you’ll also need these plastic zip bags to hold your baby’s dirty clothes until you get back home.
You don’t need to overpack an awful lot of plastic zip bags, though. Usually, 10 should be more than enough.
Oh boy, pack a lot of hand sanitizer! You’re going to use enough of this when taking care of only one baby, so you can only imagine how important it is to have enough hand sanitizer when taking care of twins.
That’s only normal, though. Babies are curious little beings and will get themselves in the germiest of places, so you’ll need hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to a sink to wash their hands.
Preparing for change of clothes is super important.
For each baby, you’ll need to pack at least one set of clean clothes. If there’s enough space inside the diaper bag for you to pack 2 sets of clean clothes for each baby (4 sets of clean clothes in total), that would be best.
Each set of clothing should include an onesie, pants, a pair of socks, and a hat to keep your baby protected from the sun’s harm.
You might think that it’s impossible for both babies to have diaper explosions in the same outing, but think again! Nothing’s impossible – I’ve been there and have stories to tell!
You don’t want to cut a trip short and come back home just because both babies had a blowout and you didn’t pack enough clean sets of clothes for both.
It’s only normal for a baby to go through multiple sets of clean clothes a day, and there’s no telling when a messy accident will happen, so always be prepared.
If you want to stay as safe as possible, pack one complete outfit for each baby for every two hours that you’ll be away from home.
Oh, and don’t forget about yourself, too! Pack an extra clean shirt for yourself as well, because you never know what might happen when taking care of your twins’ messes away from home.
Spit ups can happen, or you can spill milk or baby food on yourself, and with two babies, there’s double the chances of that kind of stuff happening!
Have 2 burp cloths handy in case spit ups happen, one for each baby.
Similar to burp cloths, pack 2 baby bibs.
Packing enough bibs for your twins is especially important if you know you’ll be outside the house beyond their scheduled feeding time, or if your babies are currently going through their teething phase and are drooling all over the place.
Because you’ll need to change your baby’s bibs just as often as you change their clothes, be sure to pack a clean bib for every clean outfit you pack.
Packing baby blankets is exceptionally important for your twins during winter time, but it’s also very important to do so during all other seasons, summer included.
Here’s why packing blankets in your baby bag is important:
- They can be used as a surface for your babies to play on.
- You can use them for extra padding when changing your baby’s diapers, whether that’s because your changing pad is quite thin or you don’t have a changing pad at all.
- You can use the blankets for privacy if you want to pump or directly breastfeed your baby in public.
- You can drape a swaddle blanket over your stroller or your baby’s car seat to offer them shade and keep the sun rays out of their eyes.
While you’re running errands, it’s a must to have snacks ready so you avoid meltdowns!
It’s definitely not an easy feat to take care of two babies at the same time, and can be very demanding and draining. All of this makes you irritable and impatient, which is definitely not a good thing.
So, have some snacks at the ready whenever you feel hungry, and make sure they’re quick and easy to eat if you don’t have much time to spend on them in between running errands.
Besides having enough snacks at hand, also pack enough water to keep you hydrated through the day. This is exceptionally important if you’re breastfeeding twins.
Pack two bottles for each baby, which makes a total of 4 baby bottles.
If you’re feeding your babies formula, make sure you have enough powder that lasts you the entire day (or as much of the day you plan to spend outside) for both babies.
You should also pack enough formula for at least one extra feeding for each baby.
If your babies are old enough to be eating solid foods, pack 2 spoons, one spoon for each baby.
For all of your baby’s spoons, you should also have zippered bags that will hold them until you get back home and are able to wash them.
You’re dealing with two little troublemakers that come together to give you the hardest time of your life if they get bored, so make sure you pack enough toys to keep them entertained and occupied for the road!
Pack a pacifier for each baby (2 in total) as a minimum. Ideally, you’ll also pack 2 spare ones for each baby, which brings the total up to 4.
If your twins are older than 6 months of age, you should pack sunscreen to keep them safe whenever you take them with you outside the house, regardless of what season it is.
Speaking of keeping your twin babies protected from the sun, pack 2 baby sun hats, one for each baby.
First Aid Kit
If either of your two little munchkins gets themselves in trouble, always have a first aid kit ready with the essentials such as bands and alcohol wipes to deal with cuts and address accidents on the spot.
If the diaper bag you have already has a “mommy compartment”, then you can skip this part.
However, if it doesn’t, then it might be a good idea to buy a mom bag where you can store your own personal items, such as your wallet, car or house keys, make up, sunglasses, and so on.
That way, you won’t have to spend an endless amount of time digging for these items among all of your twins’ stuff.
Wrapping it Up
Phew! And that’s that!
Seems like an awful lot to pack in a single diaper bag? Well, you’re taking care of twins after all, and not just one baby, so it’s only normal that you need to pack all this stuff.
That’s the main reason why parents of multiples should buy a diaper bag specifically designed for twins, and not tote a standard diaper bag designed to fit only one baby’s stuff.
Whether you end up choosing to buy a diaper tote bag, a backpack diaper bag, a messenger bag or any other style you like, make sure it has enough space to fit in all the items of two babies and not just one!
Also, as time goes by and you get more experience under your belt taking care of twins away from home, you’ll find out yourself what items are more of a priority to pack in your diaper bag than other items.
As all other parenting duties, it takes experience and patience, so hang in there! You’re doing a great job, and you’re a great twin mom!
How do you pack your twin diaper bags? Is there anything we missed to include in our checklist? Any special tips you’ve learned from experience through the years or when you were pregnant with twins that you’d like to share with other readers? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section down below!