If you are expecting or currently have twin babies, one of the common questions twin parents ask is:
How to carry twins at the same time?
As a twin mom myself, this was one of the big questions I had during my twin pregnancy as well. The reality is you can plan all you want, but you will end up figuring out the best way to handle carrying your twins when you are alone once they arrive.
Below I am sharing the multiple different ways you can handle carrying twins at the same time and how to pick them up at the same time. Finally, I will also share a list of all the double baby carriers available that are made specifically with twins in mind.
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Should Twin Parents and Caretakers Carry Twins At The Same Time?
Yes, you can carry twins at the same time! But, it is up to you if you want to. My recommendation is to do what you are most comfortable with. Below we will discuss the multitude of ways you can go about carrying two babies at the same time.
How To Carry or Hold Twins At The Same Time
Let’s jump right in to learning how to carry twins at the same time. You will find various options below for those times when you are caring for twins alone. Some setups you can use for short distances and others are better when walking for a long period of time.
1 – Both Arms
This option is best for going short distances, for example if you need to move your twins from one room to another. Additionally, the smaller your babies are the easier it will be to use both arms to hold them. Eventually, your babies will become big enough that you might not feel safe or comfortable carrying one in each arm.
2 – Double Baby Carrier
If you want to be able to move around while carrying both twins simultaneously, this is a great option. If you are running to the grocery store or want to go on a hike, then a double baby carrier offers assistance for holding two babies at the same, while leaving both your hands free.
Just keep in mind, carrying two babies will seem awkward at first. You will get used to it I’m sure, but be mindful of where you are walking and that you don’t mistakenly bang your twins into things or objects as you go about completing your tasks. Additionally, this type of baby carrier requires that your babies can support their own heads, so you can use starting around 3-4 months old.
3 – One Large Baby Wrap or Two Baby Wraps
Check out this ingenious video demonstrating how to wrap two babies in one baby wrap! It’s really awesome and is a great option for twin parents.
Or, you might find it easier to assemble two separate baby wraps that you wear at the same time. You could put these wraps on your front and back or one on the left side and one on the right side.
For good quality baby wraps that would work with these methods I recommend the Boba Baby Wrap or the Moby Baby Wrap. An advantage with baby wraps is they can be used starting when your twins are newborns.
4 – Two Newborn Ring Slings or Twin Ring Sling
A ring sling is a another type of baby carrier that uses fabric with a ring attached to it that aids in holding your baby on your chest. These types of baby carriers can be used from the time your littles ones are newborns, just like baby wraps.
For twins, you have the option to use two ring slings to attach each baby in front of you, one on the left and one on the right. Check out this video tutorial to see how to use two ring slings for twins.
There is also a product on the market called the Malishastik Twin Ring Sling. This is one device designed to hold two babies at once. It has very mixed reviews, so definitely read up before moving forward with this product. Basically, some parents love it and others just don’t.
5 – Two Infant Car Seats
This is only an option if you are moving your twins a short distance. For instance, maybe you drove somewhere and your babies fell asleep in their car seats.
You can keep them in there and carry them simultaneously in their car seats to your final destination. If you are going to someone’s house or a party this might make sense.
6 – One Baby Carrier + One Arm
Again, this option would be for traveling a short distance. You might have one twin in a single baby carrier, but your other baby hates the carrier. If you need to move your twins within the house or walk a short distance, you can pick up one baby with your free arms while also carrying the second baby in the carrier.
How To Pick Up Twins At The Same Time
I do not recommend picking up two babies simultaneously. In fact, when possible I would recommend only picking up one baby at a time. But if you are in a pinch, you can use the steps below.
- Pick up one baby with both arms.
- Secure baby in less dominant arm (if you are right-handed, hold in your left arm).
- Ensure you have space to lean over to pick up second baby (don’t bump twin you are already holding into something).
- Pick up the second twin with your other arm and use the hand from the arm holding the first twin for support / guidance.
- Secure second baby in dominant arm.
When To Stop Carrying Twins At The Same Time
At some point your babies are going to get too big for their carriers. You should stop using baby carriers, wraps, or slings when your babies exceed the weight limit of the device. Or, if your babies are still under the weight limit, but you are no longer comfortable carrying them at the same time, it’s time to stop.
Double Baby Carriers Made For Twins
Now that you know all about how to carry twins at the same time, I thought it would be helpful to list all the various double baby carriers on the market that are designed specifically for twins and carrying two babies simultaneously. Below is a list of all the options I could find.
- TwinGo Carrier (most popular and well known)
- Weego Twin Baby Carrier
- Minimonkey Twin
- 4 in 1 Malishastik Twin Baby Carrier
- Malishastik Twin Ring Sling Gray
- Naked Panda Duo
Now you know how to carry twins at the same time and have a few options to choose from!
I hope this article helped you understand that it is possible to carry twins at the same time, and you have quite a few configurations to choose from. At the end of the day, you will see what you are most comfortable with and go with that.
For me personally, I opted to only carry one baby at a time in a baby carrier and I barely even used it my carriers anyway. They just weren’t for me.
But, with that said there are many, many parents that just can’t live without their carriers, so that just emphasizes the point that you will see what works best for you and your family. Good luck!
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