I have been in major nesting mode getting ready for the twinsicles arrival this spring. Life has been crazy, too. We moved into a new house in the suburbs – talk about a major change. This gave me the chance to throw out so much stuff crammed into our 900 sq ft NYC apt. Wowzers, I collect a lot of stuff. Once you throw things out, you literally feel lighter. The pantry is one area I vow to keep super organized in our new house. I went to Container Store and redid our pantry with the Elfa storage system. This is one of my favorite systems – it’s sturdy, you can see everything, and it really maximizes your space. Here are the other essentials you need to keep your pantry super organized.
- Oxo Pop Containers – $99 at Williams Sonoma – these clear containers keep food airtight so it lasts longer than leaving it in a regular box. Plus, they are BPA free. I label mine so staple foods like almonds and quinoa stay in the same container.
- Elfa storage system – prices vary at Container Store – visit any Container Store with some photos and dimensions of your space and they can literally turn a basic closet into an organized, usable space.
- Water Hyacinth Bins – $7 – 17 at Container Store – I love these bins. They keep items like paper towels and dish cloths organized and out of sight.
- Williams Sonoma Canisters – similar $99 for a set of 3 – ideal for items you use everyday like coffee and tea and ok, I will admit the occasional cookie.
When I found out I was having twins, I was elated! It was an answered prayer. I also didn’t feel overwhelmed or scared at having two babies at once. Maybe it’s because so many of my fabulous friends are also twin moms. In fact, one of my friends is a mama to triplets and my other friend, Morgendee, below, is a mama to two sets of twins. So whenever I have questions, I have an army of help from experienced moms of multiples. When I put my registry together, these are three of my twin mom friends who I asked for help. Here are their must haves for moms of multiples.
My friend Morgendee, mentioned above should just be called Wonder Woman! First of all, she is the kindest soul you will ever meet. Second, she is an amazing mom. She has two sets of twins, 2 boys and newborn daughters, and sandwiched in between is her other sweet, adorable daughter. Morgendee’s approach to buying gadgets and gear when you’re a mom of multiples is to keep it simple. Her must have is the TwinGo Carrier. Here’s why:
Elizabeth is a busy working mom to the cutest 7 month old boy/girl twins. She and I could go on and on talking about strollers, car seats, and everything else you need when you’re a mom of multiples. These are her three favorites:
Jaclyn is another twin mom friend I adore. She’s the mom to two precious twin boys who are just over a year old. She also believes in keeping things simple and practical. Check out the products she loves:
I have been shopping up a storm for the Twinsicles. Buying baby clothes, shoes, gadgets and gear is more fun than buying anything for myself. There are so many cute and unique options out there and Etsy makes me go bananas for the stuff you can find on there.
We still have lots to buy, particularly important necessities like a baby bathtub and a diaper pail. But, I have stocked up on lots of cute stuff. I can’t wait to share more with you. For now, here are 6 of the best baby finds that I love x two!
- Estella Taxi Rattle who wants a basic rattle? Estella makes an entire collection of organic rattles with cute themes like this NYC taxi cab, a plus since I want our Twinsicles to always know they are NYC’ers at heart.
- Candy Kirby Designs Baby Blanket these baby blankets are pretty enough to frame. I love their chic, sophisticated design and the fact that they are made of organic cotton. Picked one up in blue and pink, of course!
- Milk Snob Covers these soft, lightweight covers come in a variety of fun, modern designs to put over your infant car seats or double as a nursing cover.
- Urban Baby Co Onesie this brand makes the best organic onesies with fun sayings, prints, and themes. I had to get the Made in Denver one since our Twinsicles were literally made in the beautiful mountains there. Thanks, CCRM x a million.
- Stuart Weitzman Baby Dancer Shoes I don’t – and won’t – play favorites. But our daughter’s shoe collection is definitely growing faster than our son’s. I couldn’t resist these Stuart Weitzman sparkly flats for baby girl.
- Noxx Handmade Headware these handcrafted beanies and headbands are hipster cool for kiddos and keep them warm. I love their casual vibe and how they come in so many different styles.
The Twinsicles nursery is coming along. The room has been painted, furniture has been ordered, some has even been delivered, and the accessories are coming along. Next on my list is their library. My heart goes pitter patter just thinking about reading them bedtime stories while snuggling together in their rocker. I want their library to be fun, and of course, educational. Since I didn’t know where to start, I called my good friend Lori, who is a teacher and literature expert (check out her site, readingwithbean.) She’s also a fellow mama-to-be (we are due about 2 weeks apart) and has a sweet, adorable toddler she affectionately calls Bean (seriously, how cute is she!!).
So why read to your baby from birth? Lori says it’s essential. “It may seem fruitless at first, but early exposure to books helps determine a child’s literacy success later,” she says.
When choosing books for your baby ages 0 – 1, keep these tips in mind:
-Look for books with vivid pictures -No more than 1-3 lines on a page -Rhyme, rhythm and repetition are important -Animals in books are a favorite -Pick books that you will enjoy reading
Here are her top favorites for your baby’s first library:
- Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
- Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
- Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae
- Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
- The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
- First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
- Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman
- Are you My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle