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#1 of 7 Old 08-18-2005, 01:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok, I have a zolowear sling and I have a custom made Pookie Pouch sling from Kahncepts.com - both are ring slings.

So, I'm curious how you sling both babies. Any one have any links I can look at?

Oh and how long were you able to sling both babies comfortably. I'm tallish, 5'73/4 and am of decent weight. Prepregnancy I could fly up a flight of stairs. Now, I'm lucky to make it up 3 stairs without breathing hard and having that heart pounding out of my chest feeling.

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I don't use slings, so I don't know how much help I'll be...
but, I do use abc's. I have two and carry both of my twins at the same time...either one on front and one on back, or one on each hip. My twins weigh about 20lbs a piece, and I'm still able to carry them comfortably when out and about...and I'm only about 5ft1. My abc's have been a lifesaver for me. As a single momma with two other young kids, I would NEVER be able to go anywhere if I didn't have my abc's.
HTH...at least a little!
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Just clicked on this ad and saw this site the other day. Never used this sling but it looks cool. They have photos of slinging twins in the photo gallery. Many sling websites include a twin slinging photo. Even if you do not have that brand of sling it may still give you ideas.

http://www.theslingset.com/index.html

Also do a search on here. I know there have been some threads with photos of slinging twins included.
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I found it easier to sling one baby & carry the other in arms when mine were newborns, once they were old enough for the hip carry (which was around 4 months for my kids, granted that required the top rail of the sling to be very high & very snug on their back/neck) I carried one on each hip in ring slings or pouches (or one of each). Just put one sling on, put baby in it on one hip, then put the other sling on (other hip, obviously) & put the other baby in. The 1st sling tends to slip off the shoulder cap when you're putting the 2nd one on, alot of the time I was in a hurry (two frantic babies, it had been at least 10 minutes since they'd nursed & that was simply unacceptable) so I did end up w/ at least one sling rubbing on my neck alot of the time (still better than screaming babies or trying to juggle both in arms or not being able to go anywhere/do anything cuz they nursed 24/7), but if babies are content to give you a few extra seconds it's easy enough to lift baby's & sling enough to take the tension off teh sling & then reposition the shoulder as needed.

My girls weigh around 27 lbs at 29 months, I stopped double slinging (well, pretty much any slinging) awhile ago (I don't even remember when . . . last fall maybe?) when I decided I didn't want them nursing when we were out running errands & such. Being in the slings (hip carry) just puts them right THERE & makes them want to nurse all the time. I did end up pulling out my solarveil ring sling & carrying Lexie in it for awhile at Sesame Place this week & it was still quite comfortable to carry her in it, I suspect that I could still easily sling them both in the hip carry (granted not much arm mobility w/ a kid under each arm, though at this age one or both could be slid around toward the back (behind my shoulder) if needed) at least for short spurts, I just haven't had the need. They usually walk, most of our shopping is in stores w/ double carts so they ride in them, I *finally* have a double stroller that I like & they actually like to ride in it, so that works for other stores . . . they're indepenant kids so there's not much need to slings anymore.

I will also second the recommendation (at least once they're older) for at least one, if not 2 ABCs. I got my Kozy when the girls were about 9 mo old & have LOVED it for back carries. I used a ring sling or pouch in front (put the ring sling/pouch on, then put baby in ABC on back, then put baby in ring sling/pouch on front (tummy-to-tummy), or would use the Kozy when I had a single stroller or a single cart or was carrying one baby in arms for whatever reason.

The front/back combo would have been useless for me much earlier than that because my girls nursed so often/much that I needed the hip carry combo where both could nurse as needed, but once they were old enough to not nurse every 5 minutes, I've LOVED my Kozy (& more recently I got a Pakka from Boopa Rapture as well) for back carries. I did just recently try using both ABCs, one in front, one in back. I found it awkward in that, as far as I could tell, you couldn't get the front baby (or in my case toddler) out w/o also untying the back (it may have been worse because my Kozy has extra long straps in case dh wants to wear it so I had everything tied in front & both have black straps so figuring out which straps were which was a nightmare. I'm sure it would get easier w/ practice, but having tried it, granted only for a few minutes here at home, I think w/ younger babies I'd still perfer using a pouch or ring sling (no advantage of a ring sling over a pouch in this application because the adjustability of the rings is lmostly lost w/ the ABC's straps coming over it, I prefer a pouch, but if you don't have one, the ring sling will work) in front when using the ABC in back.

www.thebabywearer.com has a twins & multiples forum you might check out. There are people on it who have used the slingset mentioned above & I believe there's another special "twin sling" that is currently being tested (I'm moderator there but w/ my two beyond must sling use I don't pay real close attention to the new products coming out, other than to read from a moderator perspective). There have also been some recent (w/in the last month or two, but it's not a horribly active board) pictures of mamas slinging 2 kids (twins or different ages) using 2 wraps & such to give you other options to try as well.
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I used two pouches at first.
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I used two pouches at first two. If you want to see a pic of me wearing my newborns, email me at lex_fletcher@earthlink.net . It would be really hard to double sling newborns with ring slings because it would be hard to adjust them and then you'd have two rings. . . we used the new native pouches in the beginning, but I think any pouch would work equally well.

Then, when my babies got a little older. . . I started wearing one on my front and one on my back. I agree that mei tai carriers are a MUST HAVE item for those interested in wearing twins. I STILL comfortably wear my twins (they've got to be close to 30 lbs. each and are 30 months old) in mai tais. . . on on my front, one on my back. . . while I do the grocery shopping. They're a little resistant to it somedays, but once they're on there, they're usually really happy.

Ring slings are better for wearing one at a time, IMO. If you get a single stroller, this can be a great way to take turns bonding with each baby individually (and also allows you to move around faster as people are less likely to spot your "ARE THEY TWINS?!" babies. . . wearing two babies at once is just ASKING for comments (which somedays you really need, but somedays are annoying)).

HTH!

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Hi Christy - Congratulations on your soon to be here twins!!!

I have 2 ring slings that I used for my girls. I put them both in one when very young. They would both be tummy to tummy to me. It looked similar to the newborn pic on this site.

http://www.mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=63

After about 1-2 months I would wear them each in thier own sling in sort of the cradle hold but more to each of my sides.

When they had head control I could do the hip carry for each of them. I still do this and they are 14 mos old now. My hip carry looks similar to Karen Gromada's site.

http://www.karengromada.com/photos.htm

I also could wear one on my back and other on hip carry. Or one in front and other on hip carry. I wish I had pics to show you but I don't have a digital camera.

Back to newborn stage though...something that I never did but thought of later was to wear them both in one sling and still but the other sling on other shoulder to wrap around them for extra support.
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