Presents for five year old twins and triplets

present ideas for five year old twins

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Buying presents for five year old twins and triplets

When it comes to buying presents for five year old twins or triplets, as always, it depends on the situation. Should you get the same same, or same but different or totally different?

Read our blog HERE on buying toys for twins and triplets.

Osmo

We were first introduced to Osmo at our local library at a kids STEM night, and we were all hooked.

Osmo uses tangible pieces to create a unique, interactive, hands on learning experience.  Engage preschoolers in core subjects and spark imaginations. From pre-reading to problem-solving skills, these games will inspire a new generation of active learners.

Shop OSMO here.

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GraviTrax

We absolutely LOVE GraviTrax in our house.

GraviTrax is an interactive marble run that allows players to design and build tracks, whilst experimenting with gravity, magnetism and kinetics to explore endless possibilities and infinite creativity. You will probably need to help them build the tracks at first, but they will soon pick it up.

This amazing marble run is like no other.  You can get cannons, trampolines, loops. Lifters and more.   Its so much fun!!

Shop for GRAVITRAX here.

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Orchard Toy Board Games

Board games are perfect for multiples.  Not only are they a screen free option, but they also teach them about taking turns, counting and so much more. 

We play a lot of board games in our house, and right from the start the Orchard Toy board games have stood out.   We started with the Shopping Cart game, and our collection grew from there. 

Orchard Toys have a great range of maths games, perfect for those who are starting school.

Shop ORCHARD TOY BOARD GAMES here.

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QUADRO

QUADRO promotes sharing!  Plus its has the bonus of being one of those presents that takes pressure of future birthdays and Christmases, as you (or extended family) can always add new bits or sets to it. 

Building with QUADRO is easy and working together fosters teamwork and cooperation. Children learn to give and receive advice to one another. Parents can also join in! 

Add some wheels and your five year olds will be soon building billy carts like you have never seen!

Shop QUADRO here.

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Vuly Den Beds

Start your multiples day the right way with the new Vuly Den! Transform their bedrooms from playtime to bedtime, with an ever evolving range of modular play addons.

By day, the Vuly Den is the ultimate bed fortress and by night, the Vuly Den turns into their very own indoor camping adventure. With a premium foam mattress included and a frame built from high quality materials found in our existing Vuly products, it’s practicality and fun all mixed into one.

Shop for VULY DEN BEDS here.

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Ukulele

The Ukulele is a great beginner instrument.  It is lots of fun, easy to play, doesn’t take up too much room, is relatively inexpensive and not too offensive on the ears!!!

Shop UKULELE here.

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ThinkFun Games

Another firm favourite in this house is the ThinkFun games.  ThinkFun is the world’s leader in addictively fun games that stretch and sharpen your mind. From lighting up young minds to creating fun for the whole family.  The innovative games make you think while they make you smile.

We have about 6 of these games, and they are all fabulous!  Plus, there is no age limit.  We have a couple of the travel ones, which the adults all play with when camping.  We just use a harder level than when the kids are playing.

Shop for THINK FUN GAMES here.

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iShare Underwater Camera

You don’t need to be going on a snorkelling trip to have fun with an underwater camera.  Underwater Cameras are loads of fun in the pool as well.   The iShare Underwater Camera

 Is an easy to use digital camera for kids with 2.0″ LCD screen, so you can see what you are filming or playback immediately. Kids can figure out the operation of the digital camera pretty easily.

Shop for iSHARE UNDERWATER CAMERAS here.

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Karaoke Microphone

Most Karaoke Microphones these days come with an App, so you can truly have the full Karaoke experience – with backing music and lyrics etc.

Shop for KARAOKE MICROPHONES here.

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Uniden Walkie Talkies

We have a set of Uniden walkie talkies and I can totally vouch for their quality, clarity and all round fun.   Our family use them a lot when camping or even when at the park with a group of friends.   We generally make sure we have one that is kept with the parents, and then the kids take one each and then we let them have an explore.

Shop for UNIDEN WALKIE TALKIES here.

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Buying presents for five year old twins and triplets

Buying presents for ive year old twins and triplets can be difficult, as there are SO many things out there these days and when you are buying two or three of some items it can get very expensive! . I hope these gift ideas have been useful. 

While the below blog was written with Christmas in mind, it is still very relevant to third birthdays.

Surviving Christmas with Multiples.


Twinfo

Twinfo is Australia’s largest, most supportive, online community for parents of twins and triplets. Twinfo offers advice, products and services that make raising your babies easier, freeing you up to enjoy all the precious moments.

You can connect with Twinfo via the Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Etsy.

Presents for four year old twins and triplets

present ideas for four year old twins

This post may have affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you). 

Buying presents for four year old twins and triplets

When it comes to buying presents for four year old twins or triplets, as always, it depends on the situation. Should you get the same same, or same but different or totally different?

Read our blog HERE on buying toys for twins and triplets.

Matching outfits for twins and triplets

Clothing can be a cute, but practical, gift for twins and triplets.  These matching outfits are not only practical, but also celebrate the bond that only multiples have.  

Shop MIRACLE MULTIPLES clothing range here.

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Presents for three year old twins and triplets

present ideas for three year old twins

This post may have affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you). 

Buying presents for three year old twins and triplets

When it comes to buying presents for three year old twins or triplets, as always, it depends on the situation. Should you get the same same, or same but different or totally different?

Read our blog HERE on buying toys for twins and triplets.

Easel

Easels make a fabulous present.  Inspire your budding artist with the tolls to create masterpieces for years to come!!!  ThEasels make a fabulous present.  Inspire your budding artist with the tolls to create masterpieces for years to come!!!  There are so many different types to choose from, but its not really a present you can just get one of. Regardless of your aspirations that one child will happily paint on one side, while the other draws on the chalk board, I can guarantee that that won’t happen!!!   They will all want to paint….AT THE SAME TIME. Trust me.

Shop for EASELS HERE

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Don’t have room for multiple easels?  Check out these MegaSketcher and AquaDoodles.

Twinfo tip:   MegaSketchers are great for the car!!

Shop for MEGA SKETCHERS and AQUA DOODLES here.

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Presents for two year old twins and triplets

present ideas for two year old twins

This post may have affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you). 

Buying presents for two year old twins and triplets

When it comes to buying presents for two year old twins or triplets, as always, it depends on the situation. Should you get the same same, or same but different or totally different?

Read our blog HERE on buying toys for twins and triplets.

Scooters

Three wheeled scooters are a great way to introduce your little ones to the joys of scooting.  Scooting is great for kids.  It helps them develop balance, promotes muscle development, coordination and decision making skills. 

Scooters allow you to get out and about as a family.  The parents can walk, and the kids scoot.  Fresh air, sunshine and good times!

Shop for SCOOTERS here.

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Don’t forget the helmet!

Shop for HELMETS here.

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Presents for one year old twins and triplets

present ideas for one year old twins

This post may have affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you). 

Buying presents for one year old twins and triplets

When it comes to buying presents for one year old twins or triplets, as always, it depends on the situation. Should you get the same same, or same but different or totally different?

Read our blog HERE on buying toys for twins and triplets.

Duplo

Duplo is one of those “perfect gifts” for multiples.  Here are my 10 reasons why.

  1. There is no WRONG way to play with Duplo.  You can either follow the kit instructions, or free build with it. 
  2. It develops colour and shape recognition.
  3. Duplo helps to develop fine motor skills.
  4. You can use it to develop language and counting skills.
  5. It promotes sharing, which is something that our multiples need to learn as early on as possible.
  6. Duplo can be added to for future birthday or Christmases by you or by loving Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents etc. 
  7. It helps develop hand eye coordination.
  8. Its fairly easy to store, and its pretty easy to pick up.
  9. Your multiples will learn problem solving skills.  Be it trying to attach two bricks together or simply finding the right sixed piece they need, right through to basic engineering principles.
  10. It doesn’t hurt nearly as much as Lego if you stand on it in the middle of the night!!!

Shop DUPLO ideas here.

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Establishing breastfeeding with twins or triplets

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We all know that fed is best, but if you are looking at breastfeeding – either directly from the breast or expressing and bottle feeding, then Twinfo has put together five tips to help with establishing breastfeeding with twins or multiples.

Establishing breastfeeding with twins or triplets can have its challenges.  Remember – breastfeeding is a learned skill, especially for the mother.  For some, the journey is an easy one.  For others there may be a few bumps in the road along the way.

Twinfo has complied five tips for establishing breastfeeding with twins or triplets to help you over some of those bumps.

1.      Understand how breastmilk is made

Did you know that your breasts have been preparing for pregnancy since you were in your mother’s womb?  When you were born, your main milk ducts had already formed. Your mammary glands stayed quiet until you reached puberty, when a flood of the female hormone estrogen caused them to grow and also to swell. During pregnancy, those glands kick into high gear. Before your babies arrive, glandular tissue has replaced the majority of the fat cells and this accounts for your bigger than before breasts.

Nestled among the fatty cells and glandular tissue are the milk ducts.  Pregnancy hormones will cause these ducts to increase in both number and size, with the ducts branching off into smaller canals near the chest wall known as ductules. At the end of each duct is a cluster of smaller sacs known as alveoli. The cluster of alveoli is known as a lobule, while a cluster of lobule is known as a lobe. Each breast will contain around 15 – 20 lobes, with one milk duct for every lobe.

Milk is produced inside of the alveoli, which is surrounded by tiny muscles that squeeze the glands and help to push the milk out into the ductules. Those ductules will lead to a bigger duct that widens into a milk pool directly below the areola.  The milk pools will act as reservoirs that hold the milk until your babies suck it through the tiny openings in your nipples. 

Your milk duct system will become fully developed around the time of your second trimester, so you will have milk to feed your babies even if they arrive earlier than you are anticipating.

You can read more about how breastmilk is made HERE.

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2.      Speak to a lactation consultant

While you are in hospital, take full advantage of the lactation consultants that are available to assist you.   Insist on seeing them each day of your stay, and get them to observe and help you with some of those first feeds.  Once you are discharged, most States and Territories offer breastfeeding support via a drop in centre of some kind that you may be able to access for the first few weeks after discharge.  Make sure you find out where your nearest one is before you give birth and find out how and when you can access it. 

If there is not a government run facility near you, or you cannot access it, there is a free breastfeeding support line through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.  Familiarise yourself with their services, and make sure you have their details handy.

Alternatively, you can engage the services of a private lactation consultant.  Many lactation consultants now work via zoom, so you may not even have to leave the house to utilise their services.  Take the time while you are pregnant to find the details of a lactation consultant, so then, if you need one, you can easily reach out to them.

3.      Ensure you have a good feeding pillow

A supportive breastfeeding pillow is worth its weight in gold, especially if you plan on tandem breastfeeding.   Twinfo recommends the Things for Twins feeding pillow, which you can find HERE.

The Things for Twins twin feeding pillow can also be used for bottle feeding.

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Most hospitals do have tandem pillows that you can borrow during your stay, but you may have to ask them to find one for you.  This would be a useful question to ask your midwife at one of your antenatal appointments.

You may find that at the start your babies are just too little to tandem feed.  Or you may feel more comfortable feeding them just one at a time.  Whatever you decide, a decent breastfeeding pillow is a must.

You can read Twinfo’s blog on 10 reasons why feeding multiples separately may be the best option for your family HERE.

4.      Look after yourself

In the early days it is imperative that you look after you.  You have just birthed multiple babies! It is time to sit back and let the others look after you while you rest and recover.  Ask for and accept help in whatever form you need.

It is important to ensure you are drinking enough water, as breastfeeding is thirsty work, and eating good foods.   If your milk supply needs a little boost, then check out the amazing range of yummy lactation foods and teas from Super Boober HERE. 

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5.      Prevent cracked and damaged nipples

Did you know that silver is a natural antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial metal that also contains anti-inflammatory agents that has proven to heal, prevent and alleviate cuts, wounds, soreness, blisters and infections from the result of breastfeeding or pumping. 

Mothers have discovered the natural benefits of silver not only helps them find relief from common nipple wear and tear, it was also a great companion, with appropriate medical practitioner advice, to support recovery from nipple thrush, mastitis and milk blebs.

Silverette® silver nursing cups are a support product to help mums get through any stage of breastfeeding. With the natural antimicrobial benefits of natural silver, the cups prevent, protect and heal cracked, sore nipples associated from breastfeeding or expressing.  They simply slip into your bra between feeds. 

Find out more about the Silverette® HERE.

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Establishing breastfeeding with twins or triplets

Remember, breastfeeding is a skill that mothers and babies learn together.  Use this time to get to know your babies.  A mothers mental health goes a long way towards a successful breastfeeding journey.  So try not to put too much pressure on yourself, or your babies.  We hope that these five tips for establishing breastfeeding with twins or triplets are useful.

Read our five organisational tips for breastfeeding multiples HERE.


Twinfo

Twinfo is Australia’s largest, most supportive, online community for parents of twins and triplets. Twinfo offers advice, products and services that make raising your babies easier, freeing you up to enjoy all the precious moments.

You can connect with Twinfo via the Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Etsy.

Choosing a daycare for twins or triplets

Choosing a daycare for twins

Choosing a daycare for twins or triplets can be a big decision.

Whether you are looking at sending them to daycare because you need to go back to work or if you want to give them a bit of time to socialize and get to learn new and exciting things, it can be difficult on you as a parent.

It is a time when you start to be away from your children, they learn a lot more independence and you have to learn to spend your days not chasing after their every need (which can be a nice feeling).

When choosing a daycare for twins or triplets there are a few things that you should consider.

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Types of daycare for twins or triplets

There are a few different options when it comes to daycare and each system is set up a little bit differently.

  • Centre based daycare – If you choose a centre based daycare your children will be in a centre that is able to cater to a larger amount of children and generally have separate rooms based on the ages of the children that are attending. Centre based daycares have a larger amount of educators to account for the number of children that they have and they tend to stick to set activities throughout the day and depending on the centre may even include ready for school programs.
  • Home based daycare – A home based daycare is a centre that is set up within the home of an educator. There are rules around home based daycares and then number of children that they are allowed to have. The atmosphere in a home based daycare is a lot closer due to the limited number of spots available.
  • Au Pair / Nanny – Another option is hiring an Au Pair or Nanny who will look after the children within your home for you. This is an option that can be suitable for those who want to still have their children close but having the assistance of someone else caring for them.
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Daily Schedule

It is important before choosing your centre that you have a chat with the owner or the director of the centre along with the staff that will be looking after your children so that you can find out a bit more about the centre and the way that it runs on a day to day basis.

This is a good time to chat with the staff about any concerns that you may have in regards to learning for your children and whether they are able to cater to this and assist with the learning process.

Finding out about the menus is also another good point to check with the staff. Some centres require you to bring your own food. This means you need to know which foods are able to be brought in and which are not (due to allergy risks). For those that supply meals it is important for you to raise any allergies or intolerances that your little ones may have.

Rooms / Arrangements

Another question that you should ask is whether your children will be in the same room or in separate rooms.

If there is the option for them to be in separate rooms, you will need to decide if this is something that you would like to do.

There are benefits to both having them together and having them separate. However this is a personal choice that only you can decide on.

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Personal Feeling

The most important thing when choosing a daycare option for your twins or triplets is your personal opinion on the centre and how you feel when in there. It is a good idea to organise to go into the centre, get to know the staff and how the centre works.

This will help to make you feel comfortable with the centre and decide if it is something that you are happy with and confident in sending your children to.

Without a feeling of security and comfort within the centre you run the risk of spending your days worrying and feeling insecure.

Choosing a daycare for twins or triplets

Its important to understand that choosing a daycare for twins or triplets can be a lengthy process. Finding a centre with availability for multiple children can be tricky. Particularly if you have set days you need. Start the process early, as, depending where you live, daycare can be limited.

You may find that you may have to start them a bit earlier than planned, just to hold the spots, for when you do actually need to return to work. This can be unexpected and frustrating.

Starting daycare can be a big thing for little people. Talk to them about it and get them excited for the next chapter in their little lives.

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Twinfo

Twinfo is Australia’s largest, most supportive, online community for parents of twins and triplets. Twinfo offers advice, products and services that make raising your babies easier, freeing you up to enjoy all the precious moments.

You can connect with Twinfo via the Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Etsy.

Reducing your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

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Author: Chloé Miller from Rebel Eco

Reducing your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

Choosing to go ‘eco’ with a baby is a big decision. Some choices mean a little more work and possibly a little more cost, BUT… some choices are easy and save you money too. Which is a big plus when you are juggling more than one baby at a time! Whether you can make a few small changes or go the whole hog and commit to everything doesn’t matter. It’s all about doing what you can to reduce your impact and help create a future for your babies which is safe and healthy.

Traditional baby stuff (wipes, nappies, lotions, baby bath, clothing) contributes a huge amount to landfill. I want to take you through a few examples and show you how you can really make a difference by making some small changes.

And just think! With twins or triplets, you’ll be making double or triple the difference!

(Please note this blog contains some Rebel Eco affiliate links)

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Let’s start with nappies

You go through approximately 7000 nappies with each child. If you are buying traditional ‘disposable’ nappies, i.e. plastic, they are all going to landfill and contributing to landfill emissions. Nappies stay in landfill for approximately 500 years before breaking down into microplastics that stay in the environment forever.

If you would like to reduce your carbon footprint with twins and triplets via nappies, you have three main options:

Use reusable cloth nappies

These consist of an outer shell and an insert that are washed and reused. Yes, there is washing involved, but once you get in the swing of things, it becomes a habit. Your investment per child is around $350 for about 10 nappies (compared with an average of $3000 for disposables). You can usually use the same nappies repeatedly until your child is toilet trained. If you want to try reusables, but don’t want to face the washing, there are cloth nappy washing services you can use. Check out some great Aussie nappies here.

And its not as hard as you may think. Read our tips on using cloth nappies for twins or triplets HERE.

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Biodegradable disposable nappies

These are readily available in mainstream supermarkets and are made from natural, biodegradable material. They aren’t any different to use than plastic-based nappies and in fact are better for baby and the planet. These are not the number one choice because you still need to send them to landfill where they will take a very long time to biodegrade, but a great option when you are juggling multiple babies at once.

Toilet train early

This may seem like a funny one but the earlier you can get your kids out of nappies, the better for the planet and you! No judgements here on how long that process will take, as we all have our own approaches and all kiddies are different, but if you have the patience and time to get this going early, you’ll reduce the number of nappies you send to landfill.

Clothing choices can help reduce your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint with twins and triplets is to be careful about baby clothing. Babies and children need quite a few items of clothing due to all the ickiness that takes place, but what are the best sustainable options that are kind to the planet and baby? And which options will help you with twins or triplets?

Hand-me-downs/second-hand clothing

If you can avoid buying new clothes, especially cheap, ‘fast fashion’, you are already doing your bit for the planet. Fast fashion is very attractive as it is cheap and cute, but the problem is that it isn’t made to last so there is a cycle of discarding and replacing because it is so affordable. Aussies on average buy 27kg of clothing a year and discard a whopping 23kg of that to landfill each year! There is also an ethical issue with fast fashion as most of it is made overseas in sweatshops where workers are underpaid and overworked.

Sooooo… if you know someone with older kids, hit them up! And, obviously, if you have older kids, save all their clothes for your bubs. You can find secondhand clothing online and at op shops and some pieces are really cool. I have been lucky enough to receive bags of hand-me-downs from friends and colleagues over the years and the kids love going through all the ‘new’ items and choosing their favourites. And the more hand-me-downs you get, the more to share amongst siblings.

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Ethically made clothing

If second-hand isn’t your thing, another option is to make sure you are buying ethically made clothing so that you know there weren’t any sweatshops involved, you know the growing and manufacturing process was sustainable AND once the clothes are discarded, they will biodegrade. Go for natural fibres like cotton, hemp or bamboo which are nice and soft for babies. A great Aussie brand is Boody and they have clothing for Mum, Dad and babies.

For clothing that can’t be donated or passed on, check out Upparel who take unwanted textile waste and recycle it into brand-new awesome stuff.

Borrow toys and books to help reduce your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

Join your local libraries

A great way to reduce the number of new toys and books at home is to join your local library and your local toy library! You can borrow books and toys for your mob to enjoy and then go back and swap them every few weeks. The kids love choosing and you don’t need to get rid of toys that are broken or old by putting them in landfill. I think this is especially handy for twins or triplets so you can avoid 2 or 3 of everything taking up space at home.

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Sensory and experience play

Another idea to reduce waste from toys is to use sensory and experience play rather than toys. Babies and kids love playing around in water, doing scavenger hunts in the garden, going to the park to look at all the animals and bird and feeling the breeze and sunshine on their faces.

DIY whatever you can to cut down on packaging and chemicals

There are lots of “little” ways you can reducing your carbon footprint with twins or triplets that will all add up.

  • Make your own play dough, slime or glitter from what you have in the pantry. It’s great fun for kids to help and can usually be done without any plastic packaging. Check out a quick YouTube tutorial or check out my recipes here.
  • Make your own baby food if practicable. It’s easy to buy plastic-free fruit and vegetables and whizz up all kinds of purees rather than buy ready-made food with packaging.
  • If you or the kids have a green thumb, try growing some of your own vegetables at home. Even just a few tomato plants can save money and packaging.
  • DIY your party decorations, food and games. Holding joint parties for your little ones is actually a great way to reduce the wastage of 2 or 3 parties so you are already onto a winner there! Then if you stick to the ‘reusable’ motto, you can’t go wrong. Make or buy decorations that you can reuse year after year. Skip disposable plates, cutlery and napkins and use what you already have. Use books or wooden toys as prizes instead of plastic toys. Set up clearly-labelled bins for guests to recycle their waste or drop off their dishes to be washed (check out some tips I wrote here).
  • Use cheap pantry staples to clean your home naturally. This is a big one in my home as I don’t want to expose my kids to chemicals in cleaners or send them down the drain into our waterways. There are many ways to clean at home with 1 or 2 natural ingredients (think bicarb soda and vinegar) that are quick and easy. Check out my post on natural cleaning here. Making your own helps to avoid plastic packaging. But if that isn’t your thing, there are lots of natural, phosphate-free options available in supermarkets.
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Cut down on disposable baby wipes can help reduce your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

Like nappies, you have a few options when it comes to baby wipes, the worst of which is disposable. Like nappies, they can end up in landfill for a very long time and break down into microplastics. You can use an extraordinary number of wipes with one baby. And that is only going to be doubled or tripled with multiple babies.

So, what are your options?

Reusable wipes

These are a great option as you can just wash and reuse after each use. I have made my own with cut up squares from flannelette pyjamas soaked in soap and olive oil. But an easier option is to use face washers or similar. Just use soap and water and baby oil or similar to keep them damp and then rinse and soak before washing.

Biodegradable wipes

There are a few biodegradable wipes available in supermarkets these days although they are sometimes slightly more expensive than disposable wipes. They are made from natural materials like bamboo and will break down in your compost or in landfill eventually.

If you do choose disposable, please do not flush them down the toilet even if they say ‘flushable’. They don’t dissolve and build up in the pipes and create blockages.

Those are my top 5 tips for reducing your carbon footprint with twins or triplets.

I hope they are helpful to you. If you are interested in other sustainable-living ideas, please take a look at some more tips and tricks below:

General sustainable-living ideas

  • Gift wrapping and craft – Save everything! You will undoubtedly receive a lot of gifts from the time your babies are born. And for years and years into the future! Start a habit of saving every piece of wrapping paper, ribbons, gift bags, bubble wrap, tissue paper and so on so that they can be reused for gifts or used for arts and crafts and school projects. This saves you spending oodles of money on overpriced wrapping and saves all of that wrapping from landfill.
  • Gifts –Try to prioritise ‘doing’ gifts over ‘things’. There are lots of toys from your childhood that you probably don’t even remember. But you remember that great day at the beach or the fun park or a camp out in the backyard.
  • If breastfeeding works for you, it’s a great, zero-waste way to feed your babies. No bottles, no plastic packaging, no cost.
  • Recycle everything you can – Most people are very familiar with household recycling. There are also lots of other things that can be recycled such as batteries, markers and pens, soft plastic packaging and paint. Save these up and then recycle them in the appropriate places to stop them from going to landfill. This website is super handy.
  • Buy pre-loved – Prams, car seats, baby carriers, baby seats, cots etc. You can find so many things in amazing condition on sites such as Gumtree. And then you can sell or donate them when you no longer need them.
  • Skip the car – Get outside with the pram whenever you can. Babies love getting outdoors. So if you can get outside for a walk to the local park or to your local shops, it’s a great way to cut down on carbon emission from your car.
  • Air dry washing – The sun is the best anti-bacterial dryer you can get and costs the earth nothing.
  • Collect excess water – Put a basin in your laundry sink or the bottom of your shower to collect grey water for your garden and/or to soak nappies and wipes.
  • Shop locally – Cut down on emissions from your car and to support local business.
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Chloé is a realistic greenie who is super-passionate about helping people to make small lifestyle changes that have a big impact. She started Rebel Eco to help remove the overwhelm that comes with making eco-friendly changes by sharing tips and advice through online courses that teach you how to live a low-waste life without a huge effort or a huge price tag.

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If you are interested in reducing your waste and toxins at home, check out Chloé’s free 5-day DIY challenge where you can learn 5 easy recipes for home cleaning and beauty that take less than 5 minutes to whip up. Facebook group Instagram Facebook page FREE 5-day low-waste challenge

Can Identical Twins Be Opposite Genders?

Can Identical Twins Be Opposite Genders or not

Author: Stephanie Ernst

Identical twin parents will all nod their heads here when you ask them what one of the silliest questions they’ve ever been asked is.

“Is it a boy and a girl?” (I seriously heard all of  you out there rolling your eyes right now!)

Can Identical Twins Be Opposite Genders?

Here’s the tea, though: It can happen, but it’s super rare.  We’re talking you’ve got more chance of winning the lottery rare! But it does happen, and it can occur in a few ways.

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Bubs 2 Bratz Nursery Hire

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Bubs 2 Bratz Nursery Hire – Vendor e-interview with Amanda Nass

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to start Bub2Bratz Nursery Hire & Child Restraint Fitters

As you know I am Amanda the Owner / Fitter at Bubs2bratz Nursery Hire in Townsville, a beautiful part of North Queensland. I am a mother of 3 (Heavenly Daughter and 2 cheeky little boys 10 & 9).

After 20 years in the corporate/tourism industry, motherhood and travelling was my life. Bubs2bratz Nursery Hire was created due to lack of options available in Townsville/NQ for visiting friends and relatives. My little business started in the rumpus room with a few items to hire out. Now we have a showroom/fitting bay with a lot of modern hire options available.

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What is the best part of your job at Bubs 2 Bratz Nursery Hire? 

Apart from the safety side of children in child restraint fitted correctly in vehicles, it’s the journey you go through with our customers. From early pregnancy, breast feeding to birth to toddler stage and then repeat again! Who wouldn’t like seeing cute babies every day!

What is the most popular item you hire at Bubs 2 Bratz Nursery Hire?

Capsule hire would be the cost-effective hire item in stock and the most popular. We offer a range of modern capsule suitable for all travel system prams on the market. Our hire includes complimentary fitting by accredited ,  and passionate fitter in our under covered fitting bay.

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What does pram and car seat detailing actually entail? As a mother of twins myself, this was one thing I struggled to find time to do was clean the car seats and the pram!

Car seat & pram cleaning fits perfectly with our hire business. Our hire stock is kept cleaned and santized between hires. Our customers were asking us to clean their car seats and prams because of how great our hire stock looked. We understand how busy life can get with children, so this service is flexible and affordable. We follow all manufactures instructions using child friendly cleaning products.

Choosing car seats for multiples is such a big decision. What hints and tips do you have for our new frazzled parents to be?

Choosing a child restraint can be overwhelming at the best of times. Things you need to consider are simple 

  1. Budget – car seats can vary in price due to fabric type, safety elements added, isofix non isofix and brands. But all child restraints must compile with Australian Standards
  2. Vehicle Type – not all car seats will fit in a small vehicle for example, just like not all prams are suitable to your lifestyle.  Do your research, all brands offer a variety of restraints alternatives and price range.
  3. Installation – it’s important to learn how to use and install your child restraint. 80% of parents and carers incorrectly install or use their child restraints. If you are a new parent, it is recommended to have your car seats/capsules installed between 36-38 weeks if not earlier as little ones, come whenever they like. 

Struggling to fit three car seats across the back of some cars can be difficult. Have you found many cars where it just isn’t possible to fit three across? Have you ever had to tell a family they are just going to have to get a bigger car????

This would be my number one question most weeks to be honest. I am having number 3 or 4 and we need to fit 3 across the back seat. Most vehicles can fit 3 across. It’s all about the combination of child restraints (brand, size, suitability) and if the vehicle is fitted with 3 anchor points.

Just because it’s a 7-seater, does not mean it has 7 anchor points. Or if it’s a dual cab Ute does not mean it’s got 3 anchor points. When buying a vehicle for the future of having children this is your number one point to consider. And hot tip – don’t just ask the car salesman how many anchors points it has as they normally don’t have a clue!

Check out the reviews or the manual.

Do you have a favourite brand of car seats? Why is this?

I hire and sell a variety of car seats because what is my favourite may not suit or be affordable for different customers.

My children have always been in Britax range of child restraints , this was because of several reasons, I was a Britax child myself, marketing of their seats was popular when I was having children, but you cannot question the safety of Britax range of seats they have been around of 45+ years.

But in saying that other brands offer great seats as well Infa Secure, Maxi Cosi everyone has a different view of what is the better range.

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You can find out more about Amanda, and Bub2Bratz Nursery Hire & Child Restraint Fitters HERE.


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