Our son's were born on Sept: 10th. We had such a great experience and the Surrogate was so wonderful. I have been meaning to comment here about our experience but have been super busy with the twins. Looking back...everything we went through feels like a dream now.
We took two car seats and a Baby Trend Double Snap-n-Go. It's a light weight collapsible frame where you can put the car seats and turn it into a stroller. It became very handy on our trip to Mumbai, visit to the consulate and our trip back to USA. Unless you have a third person to help you, it is very difficult to juggle everything. We did not want to use a sling because the twins were premature (35 weeks). The roads are very bumy and I was so glad we had the car seats because the seats are sturdy and twins were safe in that hour long bumpy ride to Ahmedabad. Also, we had to take them to the FRRO office, Dr. Anita (the pediatrician) and the car seats were very useful in all these trips. I was mostly concerend about their safety and they looked so fragile at that time.
At the airports in India, we requested for help. During our trip to Mumbai and our trip back home we got lot of help. The agents at ticket counters assigned two men to carry the hand luggages and help with everything else. Once we took the babies to our hand in the security line, we could not do anything else. These people came with us to the plane and even loaded everything to overhead bins. Tip them generously (RS100 or more for each person). We would not have been able to do anything without their help ... specially in Mumbai airport because you have to go by a bus to the International terminal. It is a logistical nightmare.
We highly recommend Dr. Anita. Her NICU is not the cleanest but she is a very good doctor. She did not want to release the babies from the NICU to us until we got a nanny. I kind of got the feeling that she assumed we won't be able to manage on our own. We ended up getting a nanny for a couple of weeks but she had no experience and wasn't useful. ( I take care of the twins when my husband goes to work now
Dr. Anita really underestimated me
You can buy most things from the Seven 11 store there like diapers (low quality though) and blankets. They don't have Preemie diapers or wipes. Also you have to take formula from the US. We took Enfamil Newborn power tubs. We also took Enfamil Newborn Nurserette Ready to Use 2oz bottles and disposable Enfamil Nipples which became very handy on our plane rides. Once we took the babies to our hands in the plane, we could not do much. So instead of making formula, we used these disposable Nurserette bottles and nipples (available at Amazon.com). We also took bottles, nipples and a 220v sterlizer (you can buy an Avent sterlizers there also) from here.
You will get ooohs and ahhhs in the airports because of the twins. People were very helpful everywhere. In fact American Airlines gave us two free seats from our London to FL trip so we were able to strap the car seats (they were more sympathetic when they heard the story
. Jet Airlines was also very helpful and provided us with bassinets for our trip from Mumbai to London. Don't be afraid to ask for help. People helped us in the plane. Some even held the baby until I used the rest room. Just ask and people are ready to help you.
I will add more things when I get a chance again. We are so happy to be back home with our twin boys. .