Frequently Asked Questions
POMBA is a regional chapter of Multiple Births Canada (February 2014). Multiple Births Canada’s (MBC) mission is to improve the quality of life for multiple birth individuals and their families in Canada. MBC fulfills their mission by providing support, education, research, and advocacy both nationally and internationally to individuals, families, Chapters, and organizations that have a personal or professional interest in multiple birth issues. With your membership to POMBA, you are also a member of MBC and eligible to access all of their resources and supports.
One membership for two great organizations!
If you wish to become a member, you will receive many benefits, including a monthly newsletter, access to our extensive supports system and most important of all – contact with other families with multiples. We also hold clothing sales twice a year as well as many other events including a weekly playgroup, swimming, Mom’s Night Out, seasonal activities and lots more.
Congratulations! You’re expecting multiples….now what? Read on to find out what other parents of multiples recommend for those first few months. Ideas, information and support is also available with your POMBA membership, through our POMBA events and online in our two POMBA private Facebook Groups.
Keep in mind the information below is only suggestions. Feedback on this page can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t overbuy for the babies. Baby clothes are a popular gift! POMBA Clothing and Equipment Sale is a great way to outfit your babies. Recommendations for clothing are:
- Sleepers – 5 per baby
- Onesies – 6 to 8 per baby
- Small bibs – 4 to 6 per baby
- Hats – 2 to 4 per baby
- Receiving Blankets – 6 per baby
- Clothes hamper- 1 to 2
You can choose between buying disposables, using a cloth diaper service, cloth diapers at home or a combination. On average one baby goes through 70 to 90 diapers per week. The number of diapers used decreases as babies grow.
Other diaper related items:
- Change station – change table or change pad on floor. Helpful to have a change station on each level to avoid running up/down the stairs multiple times
- Cloth Diapers or Disposable Diapers
- Wipes (cloth or disposable)
- Rash cream or ointment
- Large diaper bag
- Small diaper bag left in stroller or car (or Ziploc bag) with diapers/wipes for quick trips. You think they won’t poop in the 5 minutes that you’re out….but they will!
- Diaper pail or garbage container with tight fitting lid
- Portable change pads
Babies can share a crib for the first few months. Put a pack and play in your bedroom and in your living room. Line the crib with extra blankets or receiving blankets to quickly clean for spit ups and accidents.
- Crib sheets
- Waterproof Mattress Cover
- Mattress pads
- Crib (one per baby).
It’s great to have an infant bathtub and sling. You waste less water and it’s easier to clean up any “accidents”.
- Bath tub
- Baby bath tub sling
- Gentle body wash
- Washclothes (2-3 per baby)
- Hooded bath towels (2-3 per baby)
- Baby nail clippers
- Comb and brush
Breast, bottle, pumping – it’s a personal decision and you may not know what’s right for you until you have the babies. Regardless of your decision, have lots of burp cloths or receiving blankets handy!
- Rest and proper nutrition for Mom are vital to keeping your milk supply up
- Twin nursing pillow for tandem feeding (POMBA has pillows available for you)
- Consider renting or purchasing a breast pump and milk storage bags
- Breast pads
- Have water, remote, phone or whatever you need handy before you start feeding
- Bottles & Formula
- Blender to make up large batches of formula
- Bottle warmer (optional)
- Bottler sterilizer/drying rack (optional)
Many parents of multiples opt for a combination of breast and bottle. The key is to find whatever works for you. POMBA offers great peer support for both bottle and breastfeeding support.
Below are some odd and ends that are handy to have!
- Digital thermometer (1 per baby)
- Bulb syringe
- Medicine dropper
- Liquid acetaminophen
- Pacifiers (lots if your baby likes them). Color coded for each baby
- Notepad/pen where you most often feed & change the babies. Keep track of last feed, wet/poopy diapers, medicine given etc.
Because you have multiples it doesn’t mean you need to have 2, 3 or 4 of everything right away. See what your babies like before you purchase in double (triple or quadruple!)
- Bucket or convertible seat (1 per baby). Can purchase extra head/neck support for car seat
- Bouncy/vibrating chair
- Sling or baby carrier (twin carriers available)
- Baby monitor
- Flashlight, nightlight or install dimmer switch in nursery
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. It’s not unusual to have a few different strollers as your babies grow and their (and your!) needs change. Before you buy: make sure the stroller will fit in your vehicle with all the car seats in and is there any room left for groceries?!
Consider buying gently used strollers – check online classifieds, buy/sell or local parent facebook groups and used toy sales (usually held in the Spring). POMBA has a classifieds FB page for members to buy/sell their items and our Semi-Annual Used Clothing and Equipment Sale.
- Designed as back to front, face to face or convertible
- Good for navigating narrow spaces
- Some can be used with infant bucket seats
- Some come with snack trays for each child (or may be able to purchase separately)
- 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
- Some strollers can accommodate older child on boogie board
- 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
- Some strollers have a snack tray for each child.
- Some strollers allow for 3rd child in a captain chair
- Often for babies six months and older only
- Designed mostly as wide side-by-sides, although a few in-lines exist
- Made for vigorous exercise and off-road travel.
- Depending on stroller you may be able to purchase strolling wheels, ski & bike attachments.
- Not all appropriate for indoor use
- Some jogging strollers can fit through a standard doorway – check if this is important to you.
- Often for babies six months and older only