AKA, what do you do with infant twins all day? As soon as our boys turned 6 months, they quickly became active and much more energetic. When you’re balancing 2 babies, it is very helpful to have lots of different stations that can help them to entertain themselves while you’re tending to the other baby. After much discussion, these are the finalists for our favorite stations that keep the boys happy and exploring.
The Office – More commonly known as the Exersaucer, this contraption is amazing. We call it the office because they spend much of the ‘working day’ holding office hours while their student (Taco, the dog) comes to visit them. They love standing up, playing with toys, and rotating in circles.
Jumperoo – This is their favorite station first thing in the morning, and right before they go to bed. When they wake up, they love stretching their legs and jumping in the Jumperoos. They giggle (it’s actually screaming, but we call it giggling) at the top of their lungs and twin talk back and forth. Our families love watching them jump on FaceTime because they look like they’re having the time of their lives!
Command Chairs – These have been a big seller since 4 months of age. As soon as they were strong enough to hold their heads up well, they loved being upright. These chairs offer a great deal of support, so they can sit up in them when they’re quite young. We bring them toys and objects to explore while they’re sitting in these. It’s also a wonderful way to keep them upright while we all read books together.
Activity Gym – We were skeptical of how long this would last, but they still really enjoy reaching for objects in the activity gym. Now they sit upright among the treetop friends, so it’s like a whole new toy since they’re eye to eye with their favorite squirrel, owl, and bird.
Kicking Piano – Did you know that the piano rotates, so they can bang on it from a sitting position? We have a lot of twin duets now that we’ve discovered the versatility of the piano.
Mamaroo – Shamefully, these are still in our station rotation. We’re quickly approaching the weight limit and they’ve started creaking under the crushing weight of our former 4lb preemies. We love the Mamaroos too much to pull them out of the game, but their days are numbered.
Mozart Magic Cube – This was a gift when the babies were first born. My cousin said it was his kids’ favorite toy…now it’s one of our boys’ favorites too. It’s just the right size that they can manipulate the cube and control the music. The blinking lights entertain them for long stretches of time.
Stacking Teether – It’s a learning and teething toy combo. And, it’s from Green Sprouts which makes all types of safe/natural toys. When teething gets really bad you can pop the rings in the fridge and let them chew on the cold toys.
Learning Table – This is meant to be useful when they can stand, but it works perfectly if you remove the legs and have them sit around it. They love the bright lights and different activities. We have gotten hours of independent play out of this station already, and they haven’t even used it in its intended format yet.
The Mat That Makes It All Possible – We started off with the popular puzzle/tiled mats, but the boys quickly began pulling apart the pieces. We wanted a mat that was safe (you would be surprised at the terrible materials many mats contain) since the boys are constantly trying to eat it. We also wanted it to be very squishy since they fall over all the time. After much research into the safest mats, we decided on this. We’re such fans of it, that we bought 3 and have created a big play area that’s safe, squishy, and fun. They roll around with their toys, read books, and have all types of fun on the mats. When we visit our parents, they buy these mats too. Can we get a commission?