Babywearing is increasing in popularity as we start finding more and more benefits to the practice. Unfortunately, up until recently, parents of twins had a hard time finding carriers that would work for both children at once. We did some digging to find the best twin baby carriers on the market.
The benefits of wearing your baby are well documented. Pediatricians agree that utilizing a baby carrier can create a better bond between parent and child, make babies happier and healthier, make you a more confident parent, and add both comfort and convenience to your life, especially in the first few months after your baby is born.
Parents around the world have “worn” their babies for centuries, and the process is growing in popularity in western culture. Unfortunately, most of the information out there on babywearing and the products made to help with the process is created for parents of single infants. So what about the parents of multiples?
A twin baby carrier is now something parents can stop dreaming about and actually find on the market. There are plenty of styles to fit any parent and child’s needs, and you’ll get the same benefits as parents of single infants.
Because there are so many options out there for parents, we did some digging to find the best twin baby carriers money can buy. Below you will find reviews, ratings, and information to help you make an informed decision on which twin baby carrier is the right one for you and your new bundles of joy.
We wanted to ensure some consistency in how we rated these products, despite their sometimes-drastic differences, so we came up with some criteria that work across the board. Our ratings are on a scale of 1-10 based on materials, with preference given to longer lasting or sturdier material, ease of use for all ages, and consumer reviews of the products in question.
Keep in mind that we tried to review a wide variety so that there is something on our list suitable for every family, but we did keep some general criteria in mind to help clarify our decisions.
TwinGo is a name you will hear over and over again if you’re looking for a baby carrier for your twins. This carrier is built to last and can be used from birth until your children collectively weigh 70 pounds. It can be converted into a single carrier as well, and then you can continue to use it until your child is 45 pounds, which is a nice bonus feature.The TwinGo makes our list because it is highly rated by parents, is made with reinforced straps for long term use, is simple to separate into two single carriers when necessary, and is easy to use from birth (if children are over seven pounds) to toddler years. This is the absolute best carrier for longevity on our list; so if that’s your priority, look no further.
If you’re all about the extras, you’ll love the TwinGo carrier. It not only comes with a built-in diaper bag for hands-free living, but it also comes with a pocket in the front for your keys and wallet! It’s handy for a day trip walking around the zoo or the grocery store. It’s also nice to not have to worry about bringing along multiple bags when you’re already carrying precious cargo. There are a couple of downsides to this particular carrier. We don’t love that you have to purchase the conversion strap separately if you’d like to use it as two single carriers. Having twins is expensive enough without added worries. It’s also not a good carrier for newborns. The base weight for this one is 10 pounds, so you’ll need to wait a few months to use it.
If you were intrigued by our earlier discussion of traditional wrap-style babywearing, this one is for you. The Boba wrap is made from a stretchy material that breathes well to give you and your babies the best chance at not overheating while you wear them. Because it’s a wrap, it’s very versatile, so you don’t have to feel like you’re stuck with one style of holding on.One thing we always worry about with wraps is difficulty learning the different wrap styles and difficulty getting babies in, especially when you’re on your own. The easiest way is with a front hold position, but you’ll need to make sure that you have them wrapped properly to avoid safety issues. This wrap won’t work for two babies for long, but it is suitable for newborns.
A sling-style wrap, the Baby K’Tan is a great option for premature babies and newborns. It won’t work so well once the babies are a little bit older, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t nice if you don’t plan to wear your babies for long after they are born. We should also say that this wrap is not officially recommended for twins, but it can be utilized that way if you should choose.There are a few downsides to this wrap. We don’t like that the babies can only be worn in front of you, or that they can only be in one position while being worn. It works great for sleeping babies but isn’t always conducive to wearing your babies when they are awake, and it isn’t as supportive on the spine when used with twins as it is when used as a single carrier.
We all know that twins tend to come earlier and smaller than your average single baby, so having a carrier you can use right away is something that may be important to twin parents. That’s where Weego comes in. This carrier can’t be used for long since its max weight is only 33 total pounds, but it can be used with premature babies starting at only four pounds per child.The carrier comes standard with three levels of security to keep it tight to you, and keep your babies safe, but it’s still easy to take off, even with the babies still inside. That’s a nice feature if you need to pass them to your partner or another caregiver. This carrier is also machine washable and dryable, and it comes in multiple sturdy fabrics to fit your taste.
Once you’ve made the decision that you’d like to wear your baby, regardless of the reasons behind it, you’ll want to take a few things into consideration to help you find the best baby carrier for your needs. We will detail those considerations below, but the following are the basic questions to ask yourself before you buy:
Once you’ve answered all of these questions, you should be able to make an informed decision on which carrier to choose. Our reviews will help guide you the rest of the way to making an excellent choice for your new family members.
This title might be a bit confusing, so let us clarify: we want to know how many months you’re planning to use this carrier, not how much time each day or week you plan to spend with it. Knowing how long you plan to wear your babies will help you decide on a style and on a budget.If you’re planning on using it for just a few months, you may want to go for a lower budget, and you can definitely go for an infant only option, versus something that can grow with your child.
If you’re the primary caregiver, or if you plan to only use the carrier while on maternity or paternity leave, that can change the type of baby carrier you choose to buy. If, however, you plan to share duties with a spouse, family member, or another caregiver that changes the type of carrier you’ll need to buy.
If you plan to wear your baby for the whole first year, and possibly even beyond, you’ll need to focus on purchasing a sturdy carrier that can grow and adapt with your children. You will probably also want one that other people will feel comfortable wearing since someone else is likely to help out with the kids a time or two during their first year of life.
Budget is an important consideration when buying a baby carrier, especially if you’ll be buying it yourself and not adding it to a registry. Regardless of shape, size, color, or style, you can find a carrier that will work for you in almost any budget. You’ll want to consider things like the name brand, sturdiness of materials, and safety standards when shopping within your budget.
There are five primary styles of baby carrier available on the market. You’ll want to choose the one that best suits the needs of you and your children based on all of the questions you answered above and your other knowledge about your lifestyle. Let’s take a closer look at each type to help you decide.
If you’re looking for traditional babywearing, look no further than a wrap. These products come in a variety of fabrics and fabric lengths for your needs. They can be tied in an assortment of ways to accommodate a child or children of almost any age, and they can be tied, so your child is in front of you or behind, which makes them incredibly versatile.
The downside to wraps is that they take some practice to use. You’ll want to make sure you get your wrap before your children are born so that you can practice wrapping it in different styles. You may also want to utilize baby dolls or the children of friends or family members to practice putting your kids into the wrap while you’re wearing it.
A ring sling can look similar to a wrap in some ways, and it is based on the same traditional baby wearing that gave us wraps. However, a ring sling operates as a one-shoulder device, which utilizes metal or nylon rings that securely attach the ends of a long piece of fabric. The ring sling is great for infants who are breastfeeding or for toddlers who want to be up and down often.
A pouch sling is similar to a ring sling, except it has one continuous piece of fabric rather than needing the rings to hold it together and create an extra long tail. They are easy to use and great for convenience when bringing them along in a diaper bag. They are hard to share with others, since they are sized differently for different adults, and they don’t grow well with children.
Similar to a backpack, buckle carriers offer a combination of comfort and convenience. They often have padded waistbands, padded shoulder straps, and features that allow you to customize your carry. They typically allow for front, side, or hip carries and you can use them with babies of all ages, although typically they are less likely to work well with newborns.
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