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Having twins is such a blessing and should be celebrated as such. Here are some ideas for a “Two Peas In A Pod” baby shower for twins.

Centerpiece

If you are having 1 big table, consider using the “Two Peas in a Pod” diaper cake. Made with 36 high quality disposable diapers, is wrapped in excellent quality green/pea pod colored fleece and is adorably decorated, with two plush Baby RATTLES top off the cake. Also makes wonderful gift for the new parents. CLICK HERE for more information.

Looking at something bigger and more impressive that cost less? Consider the 14″ Big Plush Baby Rattles. The rattle comes in 4 styles, so if you know the gender of the twins you could even pick the exact match and show them off at the shower. Also makes great gift for mom, big brother or big sister. Use them as Centerpiece and your guests will be hugging and playing with these rattles ~ who could resist such a cute plush, really? I know my whole family love them! These plush could double as game winner prizes. Click Here for more information

If you like the idea of the big plush rattles but would like to opt for a smaller version, consider these “Little Plush Baby Rattles”. They are 5″ tall, just the right size for babies to hold. Also available in 4 different styles. These rattles have receive rave reviews, as Centerpiece, shower favors, game winner prizes, or as cake topper to any do-it-yourself homemade diaper cake! Click Here for more information.

Invitations

Tell the world about your 2 buns in the oven and set the stage for your twins baby shower with this Two Peas In A Pod cute baby shower invitations and thank you cards! Click Here for more information.

Twins Baby Shower Tableware

For more information, please refer to my previous post – Unique and Adorable Baby Shower Idea – Tableware for Twins

Baby Shower Game

The Pea Pod Surprise Game would be the perfect game for a Two Peas in a Pod Twins shower. As your guests arrive, pin a “sweet pea” pod on each of them. When you are ready to play, have guests look under the green fuzzy peas in their pod. The guest who finds the word WINNER under the peas is the lucky winner! Click Here for more information.

Shower Favors/Game Winner Prizes

Handpainted in garden greens, this Two Peas In A Pod ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers will charm your guests. Each shaker is dainty and detailed and reusable time and again. Click Here for more information.

If you like the salt and pepper shaker, you may also like the Two Peas In a Pod Candles. Available in 2 designs:

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The Peas In a Pod Bath Bombs are more popular than ever. Please refer to my previous post – Very Popular (and Cute) Baby Shower Favors – Personalized Pea Pod Bath Bombs

If you prefer favors with a more subtle representation of the Pea Pod theme, you may be interested in these favors that come personalized with your choice of label style, including the “Two Peas in a Pod” theme.

Mini Travel Candle Tins – These scented mini candle tins is one of the best deals you will find anywhere. Comes personalized and fully assembled in an organza bag, all for less than $2 a piece, with $5.95 flat rate shipping when you buy 1 or 100. Click Here for more information.

Bath Salt filled Baby Bottles – nothing says baby better than a baby bottle. Bath salt available in many colors. Click Here for more information.

If you prefer do-it-yourself baby shower, you could work the theme into your favors using the Personalized Labels and Tags. Please refer to my previous post – Personalized, Inexpensive Edible Baby Shower Favor Ideas for more information on the tags and labels.

Gifts for New Parents

Diaper cakes always makes good present for new parents. After all, it’s cute and practical. If you are looking for something different, why not try the Daddy Diaper Duty Kit. Mom and Dad will both enjoy it, and people will be talking about this for a long time! Click Here for more information.

Any new mom will feel special with this Twins Two Peas In A Pod Mommy Corsage. The two “babies” on the corsage are actually the little plush baby rattles. Simply disassemble the corsage after the shower and you’ll have two rattles ready for the twins. Click Here for more information.

Products mentioned are available at www.yourweddingshoppe.com, www.thefavorbella.com, and www.theweddingsbella.com. Whether you incorporate any of these ideas into your baby shower, the most important thing should be to have a great time!

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This baby “shower” key chain tape measure in the shape of an umbrella is all wrapped up and ready to go. The creative packaging displays a cute little umbrella giving shelter to all the little presents. This handy little gift for guests is sure to be a hit and will be appreciated by any stylin’ momma.

To complete the theme, consider these invitations and tableware:

“A Baby Shower” Invitations

“A Baby Shower” Thank You Cards

“A Baby Shower” Tableware Collection

“A Baby Shower” 9″ Dinner Plate

“A Baby Shower” 7″ Dessert Plate

“A Baby Shower” Dinner Napkins

“A Baby Shower” Beverage Napkins

“A Baby Shower” 12oz Hot/Cold Cup

Bath Salt Filled Baby Bottle with Free Personalization

Choose from 55 label styles, including “A Baby Shower”, and a bath salt color that best suit your shower theme.

“A Baby Shower” Mini Candle Tins Free Personalization

Choose from 55 label styles, including “A Baby Shower”.

If you would like to stick with the theme but prefer making your own favor, consider these label stickers and tags, both available in “A Baby Shower” style:

To learn more about these products, visit www.yourweddingshoppe.com.

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How appropriate for the baby shower! This little egg is about to hatch! The new mom will love this thoughtful and meaningful favor or shower game winner. The egg-shaped timer twists at the bottom to countdown any interval of time from one minute to 60 minutes, sitting pretty in a charming gift box. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Add some pizzazz to your baby shower. Fill these favor boxes with your favorite candies for a stylish giving.

Inspired from Victorian English pram designs, these clever boxes sport stylish handles, large spoke wheels and elegant bonnets. Available in pink or blue, they “literally” pop open in a snap, ready to be filled with sweet treats and the elegant bonnet unfolds to top off this truly unique box. Measures 3″x1″ x3.5″. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Help the new daddy get ready with the Daddy’s Diaper Duty Device. daddy needs to join in on the fun of changing diapers, don’t you agree? With the tool belt stuffed with all the “power tools” such as face mask, protective safety glasses, and tongs, everything he will need (and more) to handle all the important diapering duty. I’m sure the new mom wouldn’t mind the gift either 😉

Comes with an adorable plush “baby” rattle, you will have a choice of Caucasian or African American “baby”. Also available for Twins and Triplets.

A great gift to get the new daddy involved and excited. People will talk about this for a long time! Click Here for more information.

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Ready to try something different for your child’s next birthday? These scented soaps with free personalized tags are quickly becoming very popular. They were originally designed for baby shower, but with the versatile personalized tag and designs that kids like, has gained popularity among parents as kid’s birthday party favors. They are generously sized (some are up to 3″x3″), come readily assembled in gift box/bag with personalized gift tag, practical, fun, scented, most are under $2, cheaper than most loot bags available on the market.

I have had customers ordering the purse soap for a 13-year-old, ladybug soap for a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old, the frog soap for a 4-year-old. The ducky, giraffe, pink baby feet and blue baby feet are popular ones for 1st birthday, and the list goes on.

Click Here for more information on these scented soaps with personalized tag.

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Expecting multiples can be overwhelming. Preparing for multiple babies take some research too. A friend of mine recently gave birth to triplets, 2 girls and a boy, and managed to carry them until week 35 – almost at full term!!! As soon as she found out about the triplets, we were excited and anxious at the same time. She already knew how things would be like raising one kid at a time (she also has a 4 year old), and wanted to be as prepared as possible going in, so I did a lot of research with her on the topic. Here are tips she found helpful:

Begin reading and researching what you’ll need, both for equipment and supplies and for support

The best place to start is with your local parents of multiples group. You’ll find support from parents who have “been there, done that.” We will share what worked for our families and what did not, encourage you and welcome you into the world of multiples.

Layette

  • Onesies, 6-8 per baby
  • T-shirts, 3-4 per baby
  • One-piece outfits or two-piece knit outfits, 5 per baby
  • Sleepers or knit gowns, 5 per baby
  • Blanket sleepers or sleep sacks, 2-4 per baby for cold weather babies
  • Homecoming outfits, 1 per baby
  • Small bibs, 4-6 per baby
  • Sweaters, 2 per baby
  • Hats, 2-4 per baby
  • Booties or socks, 3-6 pairs per baby
  • Snowsuit or bunting, 1 per baby
  • Receiving blankets, 4-6 per baby
  • Blankets, 2 per baby

Supplies: Diapering

  • Cloth diapers (home laundry), 6 dozen
  • Cloth diaper service or disposable diapers, 70-90 per baby per week (note: number of diapers used decreases as babies grow)
  • Plastic pants (pins also) or diaper covers for cloth diapers, 6-8 per baby
  • Large diaper bag
  • Small diaper bag (for quick trips)
  • Diaper pail and liners
  • Wipes
  • Rash crème or ointment
  • Portable changing pads, 1 per diaper bag

Supplies: Bedding

  • Sheets, 4 per crib
  • Waterproof mattress cover, 1 per crib
  • Mattress pads, 2 per crib

Supplies: Feeding

  • Nursing or feeding pillow
  • Burp cloths
  • Lap pads, 4-6 per baby

IF Bottle Feeding

  • Bottles, 6-12 per baby
  • Blender for mixing large batches of formula
  • Formula

IF Breastfeeding

  • Breast pad
  • Blreast pump

Supplies: Bathing

  • Bath tub
  • Baby shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Baby lotion
  • Hooded bath towels, 2-3 per baby
  • Washcloths, 2-3 per baby

Supplies: Grooming and Medical

  • Baby nail clippers
  • Comb and brush
  • Baby laundry detergent
  • Digital thermometer
  • Bulb syringe
  • Medicine dropper
  • Liquid acetaminophen

Nursery Furnishings

  • Cribs, 1-2 (can share for the first 3-5 months since multiples often find comfort sleeping together)
  • Change table, 1 or more (rimmed tables are safest; change stations on each level of the home help; some parents prefer the floor and a changing pad)
  • Dresser
  • Rocker
  • Clothes hamper
  • Baby monitor
  • Flashlight or night light

Equipment and Miscellaneous Items

  • Infant or convertible car seats, 1 per baby
  • Bouncer seats, 1 per baby
  • Swings, 1 or more (essential for some babies and not for others)
  • Stroller
  • Headset and/or cordless phone
  • Sling or soft baby carrier, 1 or more
  • Head supports, 1 per baby
  • Pacifiers, several!
  • Notepad and pen (for notes on schedules, nursing times, wet diapers, etc.)

Decisions: Bottle and/or Breast Feeding
Breast versus bottle—it’s not a contest but a personal decision.

Breastfeeding:

  • Eliminates formula costs and preparation time
  • Rest and proper nutrition are vital to keeping milk supply up
  • Some women alternate breasts between each baby while others “assign” each baby a breast

Bottle Feeding:

  • Family members can help feed babies
  • Gives Mom more freedom
  • Is costly

Many parents of multiples opt for a combination of breast and bottle. The key is to find WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU!

Decisions: Diapering
You can choose between buying disposables, using a cloth diaper service, laundering cloth diapers at home or a combination. Some parents prefer the soft, cottony feel of cloth diapers for their babies, while other prefer the convenience of disposables. Once again, the choice is yours!

Disposable:

  • Cost the most
  • Babies remain dryer so fewer diaper changes required
  • Can have delivered

Cloth Diaper Service:

  • More frequent changes but keeps babies cleaner
  • Delivered to your home
  • No rinsing required
  • Dirty diapers picked-up
  • Volume discount for large quantities

Laundering Cloth Diapers:

  • More frequent changes but keeps babies cleaner
  • Least expensive option
  • Requires more time

Decisions: Strollers
What kind of stroller you’ll need depends a lot upon how you plan to use it. Strollers generally fall into three categories: tandem/inline, side-by-side and jogging, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

Tandem/inline:

  • Designed as back to front, face to face or convertible
  • Good for navigating narrow spaces
  • Some can be used as double travel systems
  • Often long and heavy
  • Not all seats may recline the whole way
  • Leg room can be cramped
  • Not all views the same for the children

Side-by-side:

  • Designed as umbrella or complete strollers
  • Very easy to push
  • Children both have good view
  • Seats may be narrow
  • Some are difficult to maneuver through doorways
  • Often for babies six months and older only

Jogging:

  • Designed mostly as wide side-by-sides, although a few in-lines exist
  • Made for vigorous exercise and off-road travel
  • Not all appropriate for indoor use
  • Often for babies six months and older only

Look for a strong, well-made strolleróparents often keep multiples in strollers longer than singletons because of safety issues. Check out ease of use, wheels, safety straps, brakes, balance, padding, back support, the view each child has, legroom and storage space. Find out about the availability of replacement parts. Also consider whether or not the stroller will fit in your vehicle without a roof rack and how easy it is to load and unload it.

Self-Care
Your arrival home with your new family is an exciting event but remember you also need rest—try to keep visiting to a minimum. Don’t forget to take time for yourself and your parenting partner and to communicate your needs to others. Now is not the time to be shy about asking for what you need. Despite all your joyful feelings, you will be especially tired during those early months as you adjust to the demands of living with multiple newborns. Change and fatigue can fuel blue days when you feel lonely, isolated or inadequate.

Make sure to include the following to make your life easier:

  • Pre-cooked freezer meals
  • Schedules
  • Sense of humor
  • Help from others
  • Company of other parents of multiples

Just remember: parents who are reasonably well rested—and flexible about their changing lifestyle—will feel better about both themselves and their multiples!

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