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Are you looking for the best diaper bag for twins? Maybe even the best diapers, wipes, and other diaper changing needs for twins? I’ve got you covered! Here are my tips for changing diapers for twins and the best diaper bag for twins!
Diaper changes for twins are similar to those for a single child, except there are twice the diapers, twice the wiggly babies, and twice the butts to clean!
First, Create an Amazon Baby Registry!
Before you go further, if you haven’t yet, create a baby registry on Amazon first. That way, as you’re going through this post and others, you can easily just add things to your registry that you’d like with the click of a button!
Best Diaper Bag for Twins
First we had a single child and then twins. With our single child we had a traditional over one shoulder diaper bag. It worked. However, with twins, we needed more space, more pockets, and it to be a backpack. The backpack part was essential because often I’d be holding one or both twins and chasing my toddler. I couldn’t be weighed down on one side by an over the shoulder bag.
This backpack has served us well from when we had two newborns plus a 2 year old until even now that our oldest is 6 and our twins are 4. There is so much room in here, two places for water bottles, a front zippered pouch, a small zippered pouch in the very front which is great for your keys, wallet, and phone. It also has a removable insulated pouch that can hold two bottles plus a small icepack. It has another removable pouch that you could put other necessities in.
The large zippered part of the diaper bag is where you can put extra clothing, diapers, wipes, toys, books, whatever you need. It also has a soft pad for changing diapers on.
There are also little straps on the regular backpack straps that you can use to easily clip to a shopping cart or stroller so you don’t have to carry it on your back if you are pushing something else.
- Skip Hop’s lightweight, quilted backpack offers hands-free ease and special packing cubes for baby's gear. The spacious interior fits everything from snacks to spare outfits and the extra wide opening makes it easy to find essentials in a pinch
- Main compartment with extra-wide opening and two-way zip closure; Front section with two-way zip closure allows easy access to two included storage cubes
- Two insulated side bottle pockets; Elasticized interior pockets and cell phone pocket; Changing pad pocket holds tablets and laptops up to 15”
- Padded backpack straps (adjust from approx. 13" to 28") and Easy-grab top handle
- Hangs neatly on stroller with built-in stroller straps
Honestly, you don’t need the name brand diapers. The off-brand ones will do just fine. We used the Target Up & Up diapers and wipes for all 3 of our boys. I’m so glad that we did since for a while we had 3 kids in diapers at once!
Target’s Up and Up diapers are not only less expensive than name brand diapers but they also are better on baby’s skin. They are unscented, don’t have any chlorine in them, free of parabens, sulfates, petroleum, and dyes.
No matter what type of diaper you choose, if baby starts leaking through, try the next size up which will often solve the problem.
Overnight diapers ARE worth it. At first we didn’t think so but they really are. They are more absorbent and do last the night. Think about it this way, it’s like having an overnight pad when you have your period instead of just having a daytime thin pad. Might cost a little more per diaper or pad, but it’s worth it.
Our Money Saving Diaper Strategy for Twins
We always stocked up on diapers and wipes whenever Target would have their buy $100 of diapers and wipes and get a $20 gift card, or promotions of that type. We knew we’d use them and with having 3 kids in diapers at once, it was needed! Be careful when you’re doing this that you are quite certain of the sizes. From what I remember, the newborn and size 1 diapers get grown out of pretty quickly, whereas the size 2 diapers seemed to fit for quite a while. Same with the size 4 diapers, we seemed to have those for quite a while as well.
ALSO always get the biggest package that you can store and afford. As you’ll notice if you analyze the price per diaper, the bigger the package of diapers, the less each diaper costs.
Be sure to get unscented wipes, especially for little girls but really you always should. Adding a scent to their nether regions will only irritate down there, be more likely to result in diaper rash, and for girls possible yeast infections. I honestly don’t know why there are still scented wipes.
We like the Target Up & Up Fragrance-Free wipes. They aren’t as chemical-free as ones such as Water Wipes that we started using with our first child, but they don’t have as much crud in them as name brand wipes.
Honestly, with these wipes and the above diapers, our kids rarely needed any butt cream. They just didn’t end up irritated down there because we changed them often (at least every 2-3 hours and right away after they pooped), and there weren’t extra chemicals eating away at their delicate skin.
Like the diapers above, we tended to stock up on these when Target had their diapers and wipes cash back or gift card promotions. We also would buy the biggest pack available because we had a pack of wipes in each child’s room, a pack or two on the main floor where we changed diapers, and wanted a lot of back ups!
Diaper Cream, if they need it
As I mentioned above, our kids rarely needed diaper cream. We always did have a tube on hand just in case though. We used the Seventh Generation Diaper Cream but apparently that is no longer available anymore.
So I looked at what is recommended by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)‘s diaper cream ratings on Skin Deep to see which one I’d use if I had a baby now.
Based on the EWG results, ratings, and reviews I’ve read, I recommend the Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Diaper Cream. Remember, just like everything else, it should NOT have a fragrance, this is important no matter what type of diaper cream you get.
Babo Botanicals is EWG certified, which isn’t easy to attain, and they are free of all the most harmful ingredients including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, and many others as detailed in the below photo.
- 100% GOOD FOR YOUR BABY:: This fragrance-free diaper rash cream provides a soothing, protective moisture barrier for your baby's very sensitive and delicate skin. Helps prevent and offer relief from diaper rash symptoms. Fragrance-Free. EWG Verified.
- FORMULATED FOR VERY SENSITIVE SKIN: Specifically developed with colloidal oatmeal to calm and nourish your newborn's very sensitive skin. A high content of 25% non-nano zinc oxide provides additional protection to keep the diaper area dry.
- PLANT-BASED, ORGANIC ENRICHED FORMULA: Specially formulated with pure ingredients including Shea and Cocoa Butter to help soothe skin irriation. This diaper cream is enriched with Babo's Organic Nutri-Soothe Complex. Vegan friendly.
- NO HARSH CHEMICALS OR IRRITANTS: Hypoallergenic to reduce the risk of allergic reactions and clinically tested under dermatological and pediatric control. Rated number #1 in safety by Environment Working Group (EWG) for your baby's health. Gluten, soy and dairy free. Made in USA and B Corp Certified.
- GENTLE ENOUGH FOR DAILY USE: Change your baby's soiled diapers promptly. Apply this rich cream to clean and dry diaper area with each diaper change, or as needed, to keep the skin feeling soft and supple. Cloth diaper friendly.
Diaper Changing Basket
Especially with twins, especially if you live in a house with more than one level, you’re going to want a diaper changing basket for the main area in which you are during the day. For us, that was the living room.
We had a basket that had space for several diapers that would last us a couple days, a package of wipes, diaper cream for the very rare occasions we needed it, and some mats for me to change their diapers on. More on that in the blog post linked here.
This isn’t the exact one we had but that was a find at a garage sale that I can’t seem to find online now so instead I’ll go with one I would have picked had I gotten a new one.
Note: this comes in regular and large. You’re having twins. Go large on everything, regular is not for you. Lol
- Package includes 1 baby diaper organizer, one of the must-have baby necessities that will make your life as a parent easier. It's perfect for storing diapers, wipes, and other baby supplies.
- Mr. Pen baby diaper organizer is designed with stylish gray colors to look good in any interior. It has enough room to store diapers, wipes, creams and other essential items for changing your baby. The attractive design makes this an essential item for your diaper changing station.
- Our baby diaper organizer keeps baby essentials all in one place, so you don't have to search for where the diaper and wipes were left. And there are 6 pockets on the sides that are great for ointment, small lotion containers, or other small items like pacifiers, clips, etc.
- Mr. Pen baby diaper organizer measures 12.5 x 10 x 6.3 inches and offers ample space and compartments for easy access to all baby essentials.
- This multi-functional basket organizer features long and durable handles. The baby diaper organizer can also be folded for compact storage in your suitcase or backpack when on the move.
I recommend having a Diaper Genie on every level of your home. Yes, it seems excessive, and yes we had 4 in total because we had one on the main floor where we spend most of our time and one in each kids’ bedroom.
It seems like a lot but it makes life so much better not having to walk far to get rid of a stinky diaper and especially as far as their rooms, not needing to leave a gross diaper on the changing table where it might get kicked by baby or deciding to leave baby on said changing table to dispose of the diaper. Neither one of those options are a good idea and the second one is NOT safe, babies should never be left unattended on the changing table.
Therefore, we had a lot of Diaper Genies. We got one for our first child and it worked so well we got more when the twins arrived.
The magic of these things is that your whole house doesn’t smell like poop. Which, I have to admit, is appealing to not have a home smelling of poop. Between the actual container, the fact that it closes not only the lid but also an inner mechanism that closes after you put the diaper in, plus the ultra strong bags that lock in smells, these are amazing. The one linked below even has a step activated lid so you don’t have to bend down to open it! (It’s the little things)
- HANDS-FREE CONVENIENCE: Complete diaper pail features a foot pedal-activated lid for hygienic and convenient opening (no bending over)
- NO MORE STINK: This diaper trash can seals in smells with Double Air-Tite clamps and a deodorizing carbon filter to add yet another layer of odor protection
- PREVENT GERM SPREAD: Diaper Genie refill bags feature a built-in antimicrobial to lock-in dirty diaper odor, prevent germ transmission, and inhibit bacterial growth on the film
- LASTING VALUE: This diaper pail comes with a refill that can hold up to 270 newborn sized diapers! The pail's composition allows easy cleaning without worrying about rust.
- BABY REGISTRY ESSENTIAL: Our pails and refills are baby nursery must-haves, with over 2 million parents trusting the Diaper Genie brand! It is the perfect gift for any baby shower or registry!
Off-Brand Diaper Pail Refills
While I do recommend the name brand Diaper Genie for the actual bin for diapers, for the cost savings I recommend getting off-brand Diaper Pail refills from Amazon.
We always got these when we had our Diaper Genies. Again, buying in bulk costs less per item as long as you have the money to spend and the space to store it.
Tip!: Each one of these is basically a LONG tube/bag that you’ll be able to cut many times with the safe yet sharp edge inside of the Diaper Genie. Sometimes at the end of the refill there isn’t enough of the bag left to go for even another several diapers so it may be tempting to throw that out. DON’T! Put the tiny bag in your diaper bag to bring along for on the go changes! You’ll thank me, really.
- IN THE BOX: Diaper pail refills for Diaper Genie Pails 1080 Count (8 packs of 270 count refills, 2160 total)
- COMPATIBLE WITH MOST DIAPER GENIE PAILS: For use with Diaper Genie Disposal Systems including Diaper Genie Expressions, Elite, and Complete pail
- HOLDS UP TO 270 DIAPERS: Has capacity for 270 newborn diapers
- TRAPS ODORS: Made with multi-layers to help contain odors
- NOT FOR USE WITH MUNCHKIN PAILS: Only for use with Diaper Genie pails
- An Amazon brand
Want to do less laundry? Check out my Simple Tip to Significantly Improve Diaper Changes blog post below!
As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.