aving one baby is bad enough but two – or even more – can be very hard work indeed. So getting the right equipment to help is more important than ever as is getting the information on what works – and what doesn’t!

When a mum is expecting twins the key purchase has to be, what set of wheels does she buy? The choice is not as widespread as for singles, but it doesn’t mean she can’t have a pushchair that she’s proud to walk down the streets with. Obviously looks are key, but so are other features such as weight (a double is bound to be heavier, just make sure it’s not too heavy), ease of folding (mum is going to be tired and doesn’t need the hassle,), size (is it big enough for two and still go through the front door?) and of course, can Dad push it!!!!

Swivel wheels are best for doubles as otherwise they can be difficult to manoeuvre and seats that recline independently and use separate footmuffs, aprons and hoods are very useful as the babies will sleep at different times and have different needs.

One thing which mums shopping online may fail to pick up on is that not all double buggies are for two newborns. Several are aimed at the mum who has a young toddler and a newborn.

Having twins is expensive so giving new mums the right advice is vital.

Bag a bargain from Pink Lining

Retailers looking to offer ‘multiple mummies’ a stylish changing bag need look no further than Pink Lining’s Twice as Nice design which boasts double the amount of compartments and lots of extra space - made with twins in mind!

On the exterior of this bag there is a large front zip pocket with the 'Twice as Nice' slogan and patch, two large side pockets and a large back zip pocket for the padded changing mat. The bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap that is long enough to fit over any pram/buggy handle bars.

Internal Features:

  • two inbuilt insulated bottle holders
  • two detachable insulated bottle holders
  • four nappy pockets
  • pen holder
  • key fob
  • mirror
  • phone pocket
  • small zip pocket
  • padded changing mat
  • wet zip bag

With a huge fan base, this bag is perfect for mums who need that little bit extra when it comes to a changing bag.

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BabyBay Maxi - co-sleeping with twins without any of the associated risks

Traditional Moses baskets and cots tend to stand alone in the baby’s nursery or in the parents’ bedroom.

Usually this means that parents have to get up to feed and change one, or more often, both babies, taking them out of their cots and returning them once fed and changed. This can be tiring and uncomfortable for new mums, especially if they have experienced a difficult birth or a C-section. The Babybay Maxi Twin Bedside Cot offers an alternative as this innovative double cot simply attaches to the side of the parents bed providing a separate space for the babies to sleep, but within arms’ reach during the night.

Specially designed for twins the cot can be used for around six months and will clamp securely to most beds. To give parents even more room, a cot extension kit can be bought that extends the front by 15cm to create more space for growing babies. Once the Babybay Maxi has been outgrown it will convert into a twin seat/bench with the extension converting into a handy wall shelf The Babybay Maxi Twin Bedside Cot is an elegant solution for co-sleeping twins with the added benefit of simple conversion to a wheeled cot and later a desk.
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Easier Development. Easier Parenting. The Taf Toys Collection

With Easier Parenting solutions in mind, Taf Toys have an array of generously sized, thickly-padded play mats and baby gyms that will easily accommodate twins or even triplets!

The largest baby gym in town is the deluxe 3 in 1 Curiosity Gym which measures a huge 100 x 150cm. This thickly-padded mat features teethers, a baby-safe mirror, plastic rings, a squeaker, crinkling shapes and different textures for curious fingers to explore. The soft removable arches provide plenty of hanging options for the four detachable activity toys - a musical ball, squeaking giraffe, jittering lizard and a chime bell butterfly. The gym also comes with a comfy tummy-time pillow!

New to the Taf Toys range is the delightful Seaside Pals Baby Gym which features a soft, puffy mat measuring a generous 90 x 135cm, providing ample room for twins to play. The soft arches feature seaside themed hanging toys such as a jingle bells whale, crinkling boat with a teether, rattling jittering rabbit and a baby-safe mirror. The toys can be moved up and down the arch allowing each twin enough room to play and develop their fine and gross motor skills.

The best-selling Taf Toys I Love Big Mat measures 100 x 150cm and provides a generous space for twins to play together. Babies can explore each panel discovering exciting features along the way such as a tactile teether, squeaker, baby-safe mirror and crinkling shapes.

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Award winning support for mothers breastfeeding twins

When selling a breastpump to a family expecting twins educating them on the benefits of double pumping is important.

Double Pumping (simultaneous breast expression) compared to single pumping (one breast followed by the other breast) not only saves time, but the latest scientific research has confirmed that when double pumping mums get up to 18% more milk and the breastmilk pumped also has a higher energy content, especially beneficial for preterm infants.

When preparing to breastfeed it is essential that parents choose the right breastpump to support their feeding journey. The world’s leading breastfeeding brand Medela, have a range of double pumps available including the Swing Maxi which was just awarded Gold for Best Double Breastpump at the prestigious Mother and Baby Awards. The only research based breastpump on the market, the Swing Maxi uses innovative 2-Phase Expression technology to mimic a baby’s natural nursing rhythm at the breast and is compact, easy to use and clean.

The brand’s double breastpump range also includes the Freestyle and Symphony which is used in 94% of UK hospitals and is available to rent. With Medela’s Easy Expression Bustier available too, mums can have free hands while pumping!

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Family adventure with Joolz

"Life is full of adventure." Says Emile Kuenen, founder and creative director of Joolz. "Whether you discover new places, share new experiences or expand your family, the Joolz Geo is the ultimate travel companion."

The modular design of the Joolz Geo offers five configurations so that parents are always well prepared to meet any challenges that occur. Simply add the spacious and robust XL shopping basket for extra storage. With a second cot or seat the smart ergonomic design of the Joolz Geo offers complete comfort for parent, their child and his or her brother or sister. Wherever the family goes, and however it evolves, the Joolz Geo grows with every family adventure.

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