The 10 Best Nursery Ideas For Twins
With two buns in the oven, you might be a bit overwhelmed getting your life organized and your home ready to welcome two little babies. At the top of your to-do list: brainstorm twin nursery ideas.
If you’re at a loss for where to start when it comes to setting up a twin nursery, you’re in the right place.
Here at Newton Baby, we understand that getting ready for a new little one can be a lot of work, especially when you’re preparing for double the trouble and double the fun!
To help you out, we’ve listed 10 twin nursery ideas, tips, and tricks to set up your space so that it’s safe, cute, and practical. After, we’ll give you a couple of decoration ideas to get you started.
10 Twin Nursery Ideas, Tips, And Tricks
1) Start Early
In case you need the reminder, here it is: don’t procrastinate! It’s never too early to start planning and outfitting your nursery, especially if you’re pregnant with not one, but two babies.
Don’t wait until your third trimester to do the bulk of your nursery prep work. Get it taken care of ahead of time so you won’t have as much to worry about when you’re extra tired, bursting at the seams, and preparing for delivery.
Another reason it’s a good idea to start early is that twins are usually pretty eager to get out of your tummy. It’s common to deliver twins a couple of weeks earlier than the full 40-week term.
2) Don’t Buy Two Of Everything
Before you go out and buy double of all the cute things in sight, make a list of the baby essentials. And keep in mind that you don’t actually need two of everything just because you’re having twins.
However, there is one thing you will definitely two of, which brings us to our next point.
3) Do Buy Two Cribs
You don’t necessarily need two changing tables or even two dressers, but you will definitely need two cribs.
The crib is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your nursery, and you’ll need one for each of your precious bundles of joy! The two biggest considerations when choosing cribs are space and safety.
Fitting two cribs into a nursery can be challenging. You’ll need to take a good look at the amount of space you have.
If you’re working with a small space, consider purchasing mini cribs or bassinets. Although your babies will outgrow these sooner than later, they’ll save you some room in the meantime.
That being said, if you have enough space, your best bet might be two standard-sized cribs that convert into toddler beds. Your babies will get many years of sleep out of the same beds!
You’ll spend a lot of time keeping your twins safe and out of trouble during their waking hours. Looking out for their safety while they snooze is just as important!
For Newton Baby’s sleep safety tips, read our full article here. Right now, we’ll just give you a couple of guidelines for picking out the crib and crib mattress.
Choose a crib mattress that’s firm and breathable. A breathable mattress like Newton Baby’s Crib Mattress reduces the risk of suffocation, which means you’ll rest easier knowing that your little ones are sleeping safe and sound.
Once you have a crib and a crib mattress (or two in your case!), make sure the mattress fits correctly in the crib.
There should be no big gaps between the edge of the mattress and the inside of the crib. A large gap can pose a safety risk for your baby.
4) Separate The Cribs
Before we move on from the topic of cribs, here is a tip worth mentioning: separate the cribs.
With space between the cribs, your twins won’t be tempted to climb into each other’s crib, which could result in them falling or getting stuck between the two beds.
It’s even better if they can’t even see each other from their cribs!
Separating the cribs also helps minimize distractions and noise during naptime and nighttime. The last thing you want is for one baby to wake the other out of a sound sleep.
One last reminder for crib placement: for safety reasons, keep both cribs away from windows, blinds, curtains, or cords.
5) Choose Your Rocker Wisely
The rocking chair is a central part of any nursery. But it’s especially important when you’ve got two little ones in your arms!
A traditional rocker or glider might be fine when you’re holding one baby, but if you’re breastfeeding twins at the same time, this kind of small rocker might not cut it.
Think this through before choosing a rocker, and look for one that offers enough space for both of your babies.
6) Add An Extra Chair
Speaking of rockers and such, put a second rocker (or even just a chair if you’re running out of floor space) in the nursery. For the days when you have a helper around, you’ll be glad that both of you have a place to sit in the nursery.
7) Use A Noisemaker
Putting a noisemaker on while your babies slumber can help them sleep peacefully through the night without waking each other up. It will also minimize house or street noises that could sabotage their sleep.
If your cribs are separated as we mentioned earlier, you might even want to put two noisemakers in the nursery — one next to each crib.
8) Buy Two Baby Monitor Cameras
What’s another thing you might want two of? Baby monitor cameras. Install two cameras in the nursery (one for each crib) and keep an eye on both babies via one monitor.
9) Make Room For Storage
As you probably already know, you’ll need a good amount of storage space in your nursery. With two babes, you’ll need twice as many diapers, bibs, socks, burp cloths, onesies… well, you get the idea.
All of those baby things have to go somewhere! It pays to plan where you’re going to store all your twin gear.
But you may not need as much storage space as you think — especially if you make a point of going through things frequently to get rid of what they’ve outgrown.
No need to crowd your nursery with items you aren’t using anymore!
10) Personalize Your Twin Nursery
Having twins doesn’t mean you can’t personalize the nursery to fit their individual personalities!
Give each child their own special touch near their crib or on their side of the room. Put their initials or name on the wall above their crib or hang a picture or print that’s special for each one.
Twin Nursery Decorating Ideas
The biggest challenge of setting up a nursery for twins is figuring out what you need and where you’re going to fit it all! But then comes the fun part: decorating.
If you’re expecting two baby girls, check out our girl nursery ideas here. We also have an article full of themes for a boy nursery.
But if you want a more gender-neutral nursery for your twins, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Use Black, White, And A Pop Of Color
Black-and-white is a versatile color scheme for any nursery. Decorate with black and white and choose an accent color for each twin. Then personalize their wall or corner of the room with their color.
Make their pop of color practical and cute by choosing a different mattress color for each little one. The Newton Baby mattress covers are available in four different colors — plus, they’re comfy and convenient. When your cover’s dirty, just throw it in the washing machine!
Choose from gray, white, pink, and blue mattress covers to fit your color scheme!
Go With A Travel Theme
If you and your partner love to travel, work your favorite trips into your nursery decorations using photos, maps, globes, and even airplanes or hot air balloons.
To add a special touch for each little one, hang different photos or prints of places you’ve been by each crib. If you’re well-traveled, the possibilities are endless!
Take An Animal Safari
An animal-themed nursery works well for twins, and you can take this theme in any direction! Between zoo, safari, woodland, and barnyard animals, there are plenty to choose from.
If you want to personalize the decorations for each twin, consider choosing one theme but make each crib area different by decking it out with a specific animal.
Choose What Makes You Happy
Nursery decorations don’t have to scream “baby!” You’ll spend a lot of time in your twins’ nursery, so choose a style that makes you happy and comfortable too.
That might mean sleek and modern or cozy and vintage — whatever fits your style!
Create The Perfect Space With Any Twin Nursery Idea
There’s no one “right” way to design and decorate your babies’ room.
Prioritize sleep safety by purchasing a safe mattress like Newton Baby’s Crib Mattress. Then go from there with a nursery layout that fits your space and suits your needs. And, finally, choose a color scheme and decorations that show your family’s personality.
Getting ready to have two new babies is an exciting (albeit overwhelming!) time. Enjoy the ride, keep our tips and tricks in mind, and have fun dreaming up twin nursery ideas. You can’t go wrong!