Guest Author - Kris Bigalk
Maybe you've been invited to a baby shower for twins, or perhaps your best friend has called with the news she's expecting more than one. Here are some ideas for unique gifts that parents of twins will definitely appreciate--and that won't break your budget, either.
Disposable Diapers and Wipes
The average set of twins can go through almost 200 diapers a week during the first few weeks home, along with two or more tubs of wipes. This adds up to a LOT of diapers and wipes! Consider giving your friends Jumbo packs of diapers in all sizes, and bulk boxes of wipes (along with receipts, in case they need to return any packages that are unused). Having diapers on hand make the first few weeks at home so much easier, and your friends will remember your generosity.
Hand Care Products
When you're changing diapers for more than one baby, your hands need to be washed many times during the day, and your skin takes a beating. A gift of scented antibacterial hand gel and some deep moisturizing lotion can really help a new mom or dad cope. Also consider giving latex or Nitrile gloves for the changing area, in case the new mom or dad's hands need extra protection. A gift certificate for a manicure might also be appreciated by a new mom with damaged hands.
The first thing to go by the wayside when twins arrive is the housecleaning. A gift certificate for a maid service is usually very much appreciated by the second or third week home with twins. You can buy gift certificates for local services by researching your yellow pages, or buy them for national services such as Merry Maids (see http://www.servicemaster.com). Or, if money is tight, an offer to come over and help with the laundry and the cleaning is also usually very much appreciated.
Caring for twins results in twice the sleeplessness as caring for one baby. Most parents need a break from waking every three hours to feed the babies. Giving the couple a night or two off while you feed and care for the babies is a priceless gift that will be long remembered. If you aren't up to it and can afford it, you can also buy the couple a gift certificate for a reputable night doula. Check out http://www.dona.com for assistance in finding one.
While many people give expectant couples gift certificates to stores where they have registered, such as Target or Wal-Mart, there are other gift certificates that also fill the needs of parents expecting multiples. Some examples of unique gift certificates include:
- Massages or Spa Treatments, such as http://www.1800salonspa.com/
(along with an offer to babysit while Mom and/or Dad relax)
- Diaper Services (check with the couple to see which one they are using)
- Disposable Diaper Gift Certificates, available at http://1800diapers.com/index.aspx
- Formula (check out the website of the formula your friends are using)