We are expecting our first children, and twins, in December.
You can get away with one at first, but eventually you'll need two, so I'd plan on buying two.
With all of the recalls going on, I'd plan on buying NEW cribs. Walmart has really nice cribs that will convert all the way up to a full sized bed (you'd need to buy a mattress eventually) for $135. They have even less expensive cribs as well. All cribs sold today in the stores have to pass the same "safety" requirements, so you're paying more for the "look" you want. In my experience, my cheapo crib from Walmart is just as sturdy and nice as my cousin's $300 one from Babies R Us.
You'll also want some form of co-sleeper/bassinette for your room. YOu'll probably want babies in your room with you for the first few months. I actually had two (I just used a pack n play). One for our bedroom and one for the living room. The reasoning behind this is that the one in the living room was set up with a changing table, and it was a lot easier to not have to go to the nursery to change 2 diapers when I was recovering from a c/s. In our new house, (i'm expecting a singleton), we will do the same thing as nursery is upstairs living area is downstairs. I like to have a place for baby in as many locations as I can.
I am expecting TWINS December too (December 31)!!!!
Hi, just replying to you as well...I had two of everything except play mats. I used it all too...I know some babies prefer bouncers, some prefer swings so I left ours in the box, but my babies liked both at different points of the day. I was fortunate enough to get most of our stuff as gifts so $$ wasn't an issue when it came to buying gear.
If you are getting the repair kits, then I think you're fine to keep the cribs you have IMO.
Congrats on your Christmas babies :)
I'll be honest and say I've never used a crib for a crib. My ODD sleeps in her's as a toddler bed, but as a baby she co-slept, as do my twins. I'm not really an expert on cribs. That said, you can start with one and go from there. They will likely want to be close (it's all they know after all) and sharing a crib is a good way to start. I don't think you need two of anything else (besides car seats of course) in the way of baby gear. You may find that one or both don't like the swing, or the excersaucer, or or and or and those things take up a *ton* of space. If you don't have a big house it's not going to be easy to have two of every single baby gear item. I always say to start with one, and if they both love it then buy a second.
Also if you have any mom friends or go to a church or something similar, put out the word that you're expecting twins. I everything almost by way of hand me downs. What I didn't get I didn't need, kwim? A lot of items are only used for such a short amount of time that second hand isn't a bad thing at all. That IMO does not go for cribs or car seats though.
I want to ditto what you said about having some type of changing table in the main living area.