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					                          DERBY TWINS CLUB
                       NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2009
                            JANUARY 2010
Hello and welcome to our latest newsletter

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2010!

Good news! - Aly Hodgkinson has kindly volunteered to take on the role of web master for the
Twins Club. Unfortunately over the last couple of years it has become somewhat neglected
and so therefore not of much use to anyone, also not a good advert for the Club. Over the
next few months she hopes to bring it completely up to date, including meeting dates, for sales
and the latest newsletter making it of more use to members and new contacts alike. Keep a
look out at: If you have any ideas for what we should include,
please get in touch - see contacts page.

If you have any websites you find particularly useful or helpful, please let us know so that we
can include links from our own website.

Don’t forget the children’s Christmas Party, this will take place during the meeting on
December 11th at the Broadway Baptist Church, Derby. See inside for more details.


If you get a chance to look at the Tamba website: it features a report
covered recently in the Guardian newspaper: “1000’s of Parents denied a say in their
Children’s schooling”, covering problems encountered by parents of multiples within the school



8th    Madison and Oliver Jablonski                   7 years old

14th   Charles and Samuel Coulson                     7 years old

20th   Antonia and Alexandra Pearson                  9 years old

28th   Daisy and Molly Smith                          6 years old

29th   Edward and Martin Pendleton                    6 years old

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29th   Harry and Madeleine Bexson                    4 years old


6th    Madeline and Isobelle Budworth                8 years old

13th   Ellie and Lilly Orchard                       7 years old

14th   Isobelle and Oliver Shipley                   2 years old

19th   Callum and Kyle Irvine                        8 years old

24th   Sophie, James and Kieran Glew                 6 years old

28th   Louis and Frances Ratcliffe                   7 years old

29th   Charlotte and Natasha Hall                    7 years old


6th    Megan and Benjamin Wragg                      8 years old

10th   Jack and Oliver Alton                         1 year old

17th   Lauren and Emily Lowe                         9 years old

19th   Scarlett and Faith Odell                      2 years old

20th   Holly and Theo Curzon                         4 years old

24th   Alexander and Reece Hollis                    9 years old

Wishing you all a very Happy Birthday. My apologies if I’ve missed anyone off!


Would you prefer to receive your newsletter by e-mail? In order to try and reduce costs of
copying/postage and in light of recent postal strikes we would like to send out as many
newsletters by e-mail as we can. If you have an e-mail address and would like to receive your
newsletter this way, please send your name and e-mail details to:       Carol Troop (e-mail I am trying to compile an address list for future issues. Thank
you for your co-operation.

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There is now a rota system in place for opening up and clearing away at the monthly meetings.
We can always use more help though, so if you are able to lend a hand please get in touch
with Sara. Please note that with effect from January the meeting will start slightly later at

Contact: Sara Lewis (01773) 827598 or e-mail:

          The Broadway meeting is held on the second Friday of each month and is open to
           everyone, non members and expectant parents/carers are welcome to attend. It is
           a very informal meeting, just a chance to have a chat and a drink with people in a
            similar situation to yourselves. So come along, any time between 10.00 am and
            11.30 am and meet others who feel just as exhausted as you do!! There are toys
           out for all pre-school aged children, plenty to keep them amused. The cost is £1.50
per family. All refreshments are included in the price.

If you require further details or directions please contact Sara Lewis on 01773 827 598 or e-
mail or Vicky Knights on 01332 661559 or e-mail: See Dates for Your Diary at the end of this newsletter for all
meeting dates for 2009. Please note slightly later starting time for these meetings.


The children’s Christmas party will be held at the December meeting on Friday
11th December. Tickets will be £5.50 per family which includes a buffet and
present from Santa. It would be lovely to see you for some festive fun and
nibbles. This party is aimed at pre-school aged children.


In order for us to co-ordinate the buffet and so that Santa knows how many presents to bring
along we have set a deadline of 27th November for buying tickets. If you’ve not got yours yet
you can get them at the November meeting or contact Sara on 01773 827598 or e-mail: The tickets can then be posted out to you.

Raffle Prizes

If you are coming along to the Christmas party and are able to donate something towards our
raffle it would be greatly appreciated. Please bring along with you on the day, but don’t wrap it
up. Thanks.


The next issue of the newsletter will cover February, March and April if you have any items for
inclusion (including For Sale/Wanted Items), please send them to me by Friday 29th January

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Please note that there is now a meeting in Burton on Trent: Monday mornings 10.00 to 11.00
am - cost £1.50 per family
At: Health and Wellbeing Centre,Hill Street, Stapenhill, Burton On Trent, Staffs

Contact: Gillian Cooper on for further information.


A friend of mine recently asked me to compile my top tips for her friend expecting twins. My
girls are now over 12 months old so here it is before I forget

I know there are lots of hints and tips available, but here is my summary of the ones I felt most

Contact local colleges that do nanny/childcare courses and see if they have a student who
needs a placement with babies – the best thing I ever did! They really need baby placements
and the extra pair of hands is a godsend – I used Merrill College (ask for Amanda Bailey).

Join Tamba and your local Twins Club – meeting people in the same situation help instead of
people with one baby saying how impossible your life must be! May be even go along before
you have the babies.

Don’t always buy two of the same thing, they don’t always need them together and if it turns
out to be rubbish then you haven’t wasted your money twice.

Definitely tell people to bring round food NOT flowers when you are home with the babies in
the first few weeks! Home cooked food for the freezer really is much more use as I found very
little time to actually cook for a while.

I found that I thought I might like certain things or do things in a certain way, but we have
nearly always changed our mind! If it does work, try it differently.

A travel cot downstairs saves lots of running up and down and much better than trying to
negotiate two moses baskets – I packed mine up two days after getting home from hospital.

We kept the babies in the same cot and found it harder to separate them later, and I know
people that have put their twins in separate rooms straight away. I think it really depends on
the babies but keep an open mind.

There are so many different opinions on feeding, and such a personal choice. We fed them
together at first and I used an EZ2 Nurse feeding pillow (can be used for bottle and breast
feeding) and it was really good. We woke the other up as one woke to feed in the night and
then it was all over in one go. Once on solids though, they each went at their own pace….

We wish we had bought car seats that also fitted onto a pushchair to save getting the babies in
and out of things so much, but do your research as cost can be an issue here.

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If anyone offers help of any kind, just say YES very quickly.

Toni Hibbert – Mum to Jody and Katy (16 months old).

Thanks Toni, does anyone else have any words of wisdom for us?

Is there anything you would like to see covered in this newsletter? Can you let other readers
know of a particularly good buggy/car seat/high chair? Have you bought something you really
wish you hadn’t – please let others know. What was the best piece of equipment you bought,
or just snippets of advice, having been there, done that and got the t-shirt! You can contact
me via e-mail:, write to: Derby Twins Club c/o, 19 Silverburn
Drive, Oakwood, Derby. DE21 2JJ or ring: 01332 830833. Come on folks help me out, it will
only take you a few minutes.


2 x baby snow suits, size 7lb, one white, one pink £5 each
2 x baby snow suits 12-18 months, pink £5 each
6 x new Boots bottles and teats 260ml (never used) £4 pk
Hauck Dream N Play Travel cot Sunshine Red - £20 Quick and simple fold Includes a pull
along carry bag for storage and travel Weight: 12.8kg I have only used this travel cot with an
extra travel mattress, so this is in very good condition.

Cot Musical Mobile - Animal Friends £10
Cot Musical Mobile - Winne the Pooh £10
Moses Basket Stand - £6
Large Bag of Baby Toys - £10

Contact:   Aly Hodgkinson – Tel: 07806 773358 or 01332 670560 or e-mail:

2 Mothercare traveltot car seats suitable from birth colour plum/black with cover and baby
head support never been in an accident £20.00 each
Emmaljunga Twin Pram/Pushchair birth to 3 years, cover for pram & pushchair, raincover,
sun parasol can provide photo via e-mail. £50.
Contact: Elizabeth on 07715 025 760 or e-mail

Box of assorted girls sleepsuits (8) ages 0-3 (8) ages 3-6 and (9) age 0-3 vests £5 for all.

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Box of girls casual summer clothes (37 assorted items) £15
Box assorted girls smart summer outfits £25
Box of assorted girls winter clothes and sleepsuits ages 0-6 months £10
9 assorted fleece and cotton blankets £5 (some assortments have 2 of the same items)
2 Greco Baby Walkers £45 new, both for £60 excellent condition (spotty seats with musical
activity tray)

Contact: Salina O’Dell Tel: 01332 230934 or e-mail:

Little Tykes Kitchen and Laundry £15.00 ono
Little Tykes Toddler Slide £5.00
Fisher Price Little People Helter Skelter £5.00

Contact: Sarah Oakley (Church Broughton) on 01283 585400

Jane Twin Two Travel System (double buggy) – includes pushchair with reclining seats, two
Rebel car seats (clip easily onto pushchair), rain cover, two footmuffs, sun parasol, all in red.
Bouncy Chair, Jane, fully padded and adjustable to sit upright or lay flat. £50 new accept
Baby/toddler Startrite Shoes – boys size 4H red and 5F brown. Girls size 3.5G white/pink
and 4F burgundy. £5 each.
Babyden Playpen/safety gate. Has been used outside, hence £10 (£80 new in Mothercare).
Nappies – reusable Yummies pre-fold. 24 nappies, 12 wraps, 5 packs of 200 flushable,
biodegradable nappy liners. £60. Willing to split. Easy to use and excellent investment to save
money on disposables.

Contact: Angela Glitheroe (Brassington) on 01629 540614

2 Wicker Moses Baskets with waterproof mattresses and wooden stands, excellent condition,
£50 each new, will accept £22 each or £40 for two.
2 Cream East Coast Sensations Vibrating Baby Bouncers, excellent condition, soft touch
material, machine washable covers, £28 each new, will accept £12 each or £20 for two.
2 Blue Swivel Baby Bath Seats for ages 6 – 12 months, like brand new, boxed, £10 each
new, £3 each or £5 for two.
2 Baby Safety Flotation Seat/Rings for Swimming <11kg red, as new £5 for two.

2 Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix Rear Facing Car Seats and two easy fix bases – 0-12 months
Sporty black and red covers in excellent condition, never been involved in an accident, seat
£95 each new, will accept £50 each or £80 for two. Easy fix base, £70 each new, will accept
£40 each or £60 for two.

All of the above from a pet and smoke free home.

Contact: Karen Badwall Tel: 01332 799850 or e-mail: (happy
to provide photos via e-mail if required).

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EZ-2-Nurse Twins – Nursing and Bottle Feeding Pillow, inflatable, includes back support
pillow and pump. Boxed and in excellent condition. £25

Mamu Twin Buggy (Mamas and Papas) MU4 Model, red and black – one previous owner.
Prince Lionheart Baby Pod x 2, excellent condition £20.

2 Graco rear facing car seats with bases (blue checked washable covers) suitable for 0 –
12 months. Used for one year and accident free (smoke free home), excellent condition. All
information and instructions available. £70 for the pair.

Contact: Toni Hibbert Tel: 01332 368934 or 07970 858599

2 Travel Cots lightweight, used just a few times. One multicoloured £12.50, one black and
silver £15.00

Contact: Vicky Knights Tel: 01332 661559

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Dates for 2009:

13th November, 11th December (Christmas Party!).

Dates for 2010:

8th January, 12th February,12th March, 9th April, 14th May, 11th June. 9th July, 13th August
(Meeting held at different venue – details to follow), 10th September, 8th October, 12th
November, 10th December.

Cost: £1.50 per family – Expectant parents and Non members welcome

Forthcoming Events



Carol Troop – New Contacts, Newsletter (incl For Sale Items)
19 Silverburn Drive, Oakwood, Derby DE21 2JJ
Tel: 01332 830833, e-mail:

Sarah Lewis – Monthly Meetings
Tel: 01773 827598 e-mail:

Vicky Knights – Monthly Meetings
Tel: 01332 661559 e-mail:

Sarah Wilson – Membership Co-ordinator
Tel: 01332 762121, e-mail:

Cheryl Glew - Triplets Contact
Tel: 01158 543715, e-mail:

Doriver Lilley – Contact for multiples after fertility
Tel: 01332 832558, e-mail:

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