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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

we loved the ergo for DS (still use it now and hes already over 2). .. but what does one use for twins? I can see a lot of times Id like to go for a walk or to the store with them (its a 3 block walk) but really prefer a carrier to a stroller.. esp with the stairs in and out of our apartment.

 

So what works? we used a moby but found it was too hot in the summer with DS and often took too long to get on/off for it to work for quick trips (ok, Im lazy) but I know they can work for twins.. any other less.. um advanced wrap like carriers people might recommend, like a dual sling.. or something :)

 

 

post #2 of 19

I haven't had my twins yet but I'm planning on a moby to slip both into the front when they're tiny and when they can sit up a bit more I'm going to use 2 ring slings or 2 mei tai's (one on front and one on back). The moby will be nice when they're tiny because you don't have to take it off every time you slip them out, just re-tighten when you get them back in and situated. I hope my plan works because I'm going to have a 1.5 year old to deal with when they're born and it won't be easy keeping up with her if I can't wrap the babies on me.

post #3 of 19

Thanks for the idea. My son will be 14 months when my twins are born. Nice to see someone in a similar position. I found this online: http://www.amazon.com/TwinTrexx-TTXX-1-Versatile-Twin-Carrier/dp/B004Y6MVSA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327339593&sr=8-1

 

Do any other mom's have other ideas?

post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

I am wondering if the moby if I was doing it wrong? I had zero luck with my DS in it (he was almost 10 lbs at birth). He always sort of slipped down in it, I found the fabric to be too elastic for another distance of walking but worked well as long as I stayed at home..

 

the mei tais sound like a good idea.. fav brands?

post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by SeattleMolly View Post

Thanks for the idea. My son will be 14 months when my twins are born. Nice to see someone in a similar position. I found this online: http://www.amazon.com/TwinTrexx-TTXX-1-Versatile-Twin-Carrier/dp/B004Y6MVSA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327339593&sr=8-1

 

Do any other mom's have other ideas?


I wouldn't go with that carrier personally because it looks like a "crotch dangler" type carrier. From what I've learned this can lead to excessive stress on the hips and crotch which could potentially cause problems later in life. I'm not an expert but I'm sure someone here has more knowledge on the subject.



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Originally Posted by ithappened View Post

I am wondering if the moby if I was doing it wrong? I had zero luck with my DS in it (he was almost 10 lbs at birth). He always sort of slipped down in it, I found the fabric to be too elastic for another distance of walking but worked well as long as I stayed at home..

 

the mei tais sound like a good idea.. fav brands?

 

Did you try different ways to tie it? I found some positions for my DD were uncomfortable for me and her but I watched lots of youtube videos until I found a way to wrap it so it worked for both of us. Of course it didn't last for long, maybe not longer than 2 months before she didn't like that anymore and I just ended up using a ring sling. The mei tai I bought was a used (too expensive for me new) babyhawk brand because I wanted the cushioned straps. My husband and I both loved it and still use it today, especially when we go grocery shopping so people don't feel inclined to touch her.

 

post #6 of 19

Even more than with single babies, be very careful of your back when carrying twins (because they grow twice as fast, there being two babies). I had a back injury from too much carrying. This got very long. I seem to have opinions.

 

Try a variety of wraps. We were incredibly lucky and had people give us a whole lot of slings as hand-me-downs (we caught the tail end of three different families' baby time). Babywearing groups can be great for trying things out.

 

When mine were very small, I used a single moby wrap, with both babies in it. I agree, it was a huge pain to tie it on, and it seemed like as soon as it was tied someone needed feeding. When they got a little bigger, I would wear them in separate mobies: wrap one moby and put it on and put the baby in, over to the side, then wrap the second moby over the first. Sounds absurd, but the babies felt less squished. This takes some time to do, but if they both need bouncing at the same time, it can be worth it.

 

My husband and I did a lot of going places together with two baby bjorns or two mei tais.

 

For going in and out of places, I often either put one baby in a carrier and carry the other (it's far more secure than just carrying both in arms) or put one in a bucket and one in the carrier (because then I can set one baby down and have a free hand). This is particularly good for coming in from the car or going to a doctor's appointment.

 

One baby in a carrier (usually a mei tai) and one in arms is a nice quick way to do things, but it's how I hurt my back.

 

It took a while before I could do a back carry, but now I sometimes wear two mei tais with one baby on my back and one on my front. (load the back baby first, then the front...and take care of where you put the ties) I can't get a baby into an ergo or boba on my back on my own (too fiddly) so that doesn't happen very often.

 

I also sometimes go out with one baby in a sling and the other in a (single) stroller. The single stroller was more maneuverable, and I had more access to the babies that way than if one were on my back. (it is tricky to take the sleeping baby from the sling and put her on top of the crying baby in the stroller, then get the stroller baby out from under and into the sling, but I have done it.)

 

In the beginning (the first six weeks) we often went out with both babies in a single pram (the lie-flat kind). It was really lovely to see them all snuggled up together, and it meant I could nurse (because even now I can't nurse two when we're out) and have somewhere for the other baby to be.

 

I can also, in a pinch, use pouch slings, one over each shoulder, but that's awkward enough that in those situations I will generally put one baby in a pouch (they're tiny and just live in the diaper bag) and carry the other: again, it's more secure than carrying two babies in arms.

post #7 of 19
I went through a lot of experimentation to find the best combination of carriers for me. The BEST thing you can do is look up Granola Babies (granolababies.com) where you can try on every kind of carrier to see what works for you. Giselle, the owner, is a babywearing expert, and she will give you one-on-one advice about how to work it. Also, you can borrow a carrier for two weeks before you buy one so you can be sure it's the right one for you.

This is a pic of me trying on a couple of different carriers. There is a Beco Butterfly in the back and a Babyhawk mei tai in front. http://s996.photobucket.com/albums/af87/VilloriaBoys/?action=view&current=91716263.jpg

After playing around a lot, I found that two Beco Geminis work best for me. They are super easy on and off. They work from newborn to toddlers (7 to 35 lbs), front and back. Here's a link: http://www.granolababies.com/beco-gemini/cat_84.html

That twin carrier link on amazon looks very un-ergonomic. I would avoid it.

With geminis you hook both around your waist, then put one baby on your back and the other on the front. This is what you do with any mei tai or SSC.

When the babies are tiny and don't have head control yet, then you won't be able to back carry yet. (Unless you use a woven wrap and learn about back-carrying a newborn.) When mine were tiny (before I discovered Geminis) I put both in a Moby. Personally I wouldn't use a Moby again -- way too hot and not versatile enough. A woven wrap does all a Moby can, and more. Specifically, back carries.

Check out thebabywearer.com for more info too.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 

ah thank you so much for the link to granolababies but since I am in the EU I dont think she will ship them to me without it being $$.

 

I had a similar experience with the moby and dont think I would go back to one. too hot, wrong fabric for my heavy babies etc.

 

I do have one ego with a friend who might give me hers.. so we will have 2 ergos but I really like the look and idea of the babyhawk and also the beco gemini.. hmmm decisions.

 

 

Im concerned about the back issues, with DS this last few months I notcied the ergo doesnt work much for us, hes getting so heavy and all his weight ends up on my lower back.. so.. here we go again :)

post #9 of 19

I could only carry both in the Moby when they were very tiny (5 lbs) and unopinionated, once they got a little bigger my back was shot and they started to kick each other! What does work now that they are 9 months / 7 adjusted, is one in the Ergo and one on my hip. They hold on like little Koala bears now :)

 

I second the caution about hips, make sure the carrier puts baby in a sitting position not a "crotch dangle" position. That causes development issues in their hips. Ergo and Beco both rock and didn't hurt my back. I know of one twin mom who wears DS on the front in Ergo and DD on her back in Ergo...I have NO idea how she does that!!!

post #10 of 19

When they were really little I carried them together in an ergo. It's not strictly approved, but I felt that I could keep their butts in safely since they really were tiny. Here's a pic:

 

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We also did front and back Ergo quite a bit when I had them by myself. I also found that if I was out and about with family or friends most people were willing to carry or "ergo" a baby.  I'm currently making two fitted pocket slings with material I have around the house in hopes that I can carry both with hip carries easier, as I'm often just carrying them both free hand anyways! Good Luck!

post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by ithappened View Post

I am wondering if the moby if I was doing it wrong? I had zero luck with my DS in it (he was almost 10 lbs at birth). He always sort of slipped down in it, I found the fabric to be too elastic for another distance of walking but worked well as long as I stayed at home..

 

the mei tais sound like a good idea.. fav brands?


This is a common complaint with Moby wraps. They are a stretchy wrap which are more forgiving to new users but less supportive and saggy with bigger babes. If you consider goingoing the wrap route again make sure and look for a woven wrap. They are very supportive for both babe and you. Try thebabywearer.com for tons of info. That being said although I'm an avid wrapper I haven't tried wrapping two yet 

myself. I think I might today though. It's time to go for it I think. 

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

I guess for us, we are going to have two ergos since a friend is giving us one- so then it just becomes a question of it I can 'double ergo' (one front, one back) safely or if its a problem.. I really like the look of the beco gemini but not sure its different enough from an ergo to warrant getting one..

post #13 of 19
Here are differences between the ergo and Gemini that I've found -- the Gemini does all the ergo can do, and more.

Both: Comfy, ergonomic front and back carries. Quick in and out. Can wear one at a time or two.

Gemini:
(1) Can wear the straps criss-crossed in the back, or backpack style.
(2) Can carry smaller babies (7 lbs +) without an extra insert that is hot and expensive.
(3) Can adjust the base / seat to be narrow or wide to accommodate smaller babies.
(4) Can do ergonomic FFO if you choose.
(5) Tends to be more comfy for petite wearers (shorter waists, smaller shoulders). This was the kicker for me. I am very short (5') and have narrow shoulders. The ergo I couldn't cinch the straps tight enough around my shoulders to be secure.

Ergo:
(1) Has a higher max weight limit. Goes up to 45 lbs rather than 35.
.....

Since you already have an ergo plus your friend's to use, try them out first!

Ooh and there are lots of Europeans on the thebabywearer.com, so I'm sure if you check out their FSOT section you can find some carriers to try.
post #14 of 19

Another helpful thing for us was to use a rolled receiving blanket under the baby's butt to help position them when they were "froggy" legged inside the ergo. We had an infant insert and we hated it. It was just one more thing to fumble with and the rolled blanket under their butt worked better.  I was able to do front and back carries both before they could hold their heads up really well since they were so little the back of the carrier came up higher than their heads. I needed help getting them in and out, but it was an option.

post #15 of 19
Just skimming over some old threads here. I'm happy to say I'm loving wrapping my twins. One back and one front now that they are over 11 lb each. In my avatar I'm just using I long wrap, but most of the time I use 2 now. Anyone else make some discoveries carrying their twins?
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by ziursrm View Post

Just skimming over some old threads here. I'm happy to say I'm loving wrapping my twins. One back and one front now that they are over 11 lb each. In my avatar I'm just using I long wrap, but most of the time I use 2 now. Anyone else make some discoveries carrying their twins?


Your wrap looks great! That is just the carry I want to try when mine get here! Could you let me know how you learned it and what length of fabric please! Also, they're still so "tiny", when did you start the high back carry? Thanks so much!!
 

 

post #17 of 19

I was b'feeding so much the first 3 months that not much carrying got done - I did learn to wrap one twin on my back whilst I nursed the other and used that from time to time. I couldn't use the moby for long, so was pointless to put both in at a time (good for kangaroo care in NICU though).

 

At 5 months I got a Beco Butterfly II and started to wrap one on the front and Beco the larger twin on the back.

 

I don't recommend wrapping them both on the front. I really pulled muscles that way and felt like michelin man. I did get the hang of wrapping one on front and one on back, but again not so useful for frequency of b'feeding even when out and about. Super for quick trips.

 

When they got heavier (and when I needed to be out for long periods of time), I put one baby in a parent facing pushchair and carried the other. I would swap them about at first, but found that one demanded to be carried more in the house, and the other outside, so that became how it went. Everyone was happy.

 

After age 1 I swapped the Beco for an Ergo.

post #18 of 19

I recommend the Action Baby Carrier is a lightweight soft structured child carrier, better for warm temperatures. The body of the carrier is completely unpadded which allows for more breathability....hopefully keeping mom (or dad) and baby a little bit cooler! It's weight limit is 40 lbs. I've seen some moms wears there twins using this carr inier in a front and back carries. I was already waiting for my ABC and hope to use it with my baby on my next shopping scedule. Hope this helps! Goodluck!

post #19 of 19

Two Ergos works!!

 

We also loved the Ergo for DS and wondered how we'd manage with twins. For the first 3 months I carried my girls together in a stretchy wrap, but then they got too big so we switched to the Ergos. We'd also been given a second Ergo as a hand me down. It took a bit of getting used to in the beginning - especially getting the straps right on top of each other, but now I find it really manageable and comfortable. I put one baby on my back first (I use the hip scootching method - basically put them on my front, hold the straps in one hand and then scootch them around to my back), then put second babe on my front. For baby that's on my back, I do the Ergo waist a bit tighter and higher up that I would normally (almost just below my breasts). This leaves me more room for the 2nd waist belt. You want to make sure that the straps are on top of each other, otherwise it's not as comfortable. My girls are small - probably around 14 lbs each (they're almost 6 months old) but I can carry them comfortably in the Ergos for a while (I think the longest I've done has been 2+ hours).

 

Now if only I could figure out a way to nurse the baby that I'm carrying on my back!!!!

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