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Setting Up Your Twins' Nursery

Changing Tables and Dressers

When you're arranging your nursery, you're probably envisioning sweet, tiny newborns. But remember, this will be the bedroom for your growing, ever-more-mobile babies and toddlers. And one thing many toddlers like to do is climb.

Twins tend to get into even more mischief than singletons -- because they have each other to encourage their explorations! They can accomplish a lot more, and get into a lot more dangerous situations, than singletons.

That means you should secure all tall and heavy furniture to the walls using furniture straps -- think dressers, changing tables, and bookshelves. It's much easier to do it now, when you're first putting the furniture in place, than to think you'll remember to do it later when your children start getting mobile.

Toy Storage

If you're using a toy chest for your babies' toys, make sure it has a spring-loaded support so that it can't slam down on little heads or hands. Most newly purchased toy chests will have these, but hand-me-downs may need to be retrofitted.

Other Nursery Essentials

Finally, something that isn't furniture or décor, but an essential element of any baby's or child's room: Make sure that you install a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector!

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on June 20, 2014
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