Parenting is a juggling act – especially when you add twins into the mix! Like any parent, parents of twins want to be able to hold and comfort their babies, but they also need to carry on with routine activities such as shopping, the school run and going to meet friends. A twin parent might combine different carrying methods, such as a pram and a sling, or enlist a second adult to carry one baby, but nothing beats the closeness of carrying both babies together in a twin baby carrier.
There are purpose-designed twin carriers, but some single carriers can also be safely used to carry twins. Whichever you choose, make sure that both babies are always secure and that you follow baby wearing safety guidelines.
Best Twin Baby Carriers for Newborns
There are particular considerations for carrying newborns. Take note of the minimum weight limit, since newborn twins may only weigh a few pounds each. Newborns tend to curl up, so take extra care that they are safe, with chins off chests and backs supported.
The Moby wrap is a long piece of stretchy material. It provides even support all over the babies’ bodies, closely replicating the snug sensation of being in the womb. The Moby wrap is a fantastic choice for a twin baby carrier wrap because it can be used to carry newborn twins, including premature or low birth weight twins.
The 100% cotton fabric is soft against baby’s skin and distributes the weight evenly across the wearer’s shoulders and back.
Stretchy wraps initially require a bit of practice. They can be pre-tied, so the babies can be simply popped in and out. The Moby is a flexible choice because twins can be carried side-by-side on your front but the wrap can also be used for carrying one baby in other positions: facing sideways, out or on your back, and even during pregnancy (if you can think that far ahead!)
Best Ring Slings for Twins
A ring sling is made of a single piece of fabric that has two rings sewn into the end. They are usually worn like a sash, for one-shouldered or ‘asymmetrical’ carries. Ring slings are quick and easy to take on and off and fold down neatly.
The Hip Baby Ring Sling has excellent ethical credentials: each fair trade sling is individually handwoven in India with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes. Every Hip Baby sling is beautiful and unique.
The product specification for the Hip Baby Ring Sling is a parent’s dream: it is made from 100% cotton and can be machine washed and dried. The rings are made of high quality aluminium and the fabric is breathable. The Hip Baby Ring is made of a lightweight fabric that makes it cooler to wear and easier to adjust. It also folds down very small: one parent cheerfully noted that you can “fit it in the diaper bag!”
Because ring slings are so quick and easy to take on and off, one twin mom pointed out that this sling works great for that awkward moment when you have to juggle getting two babies out of the car.
Best Organic Baby Wraps for Twins
We all want the baby products we use to be safe, healthy and kind to our babies’ skin. Buying organic products can give extra peace of mind. Organic materials are natural and chemical free, making them more environmentally friendly, but crucially they are also softer and kinder to sensitive skin.
The Baby K’Tan (pronounced Ka-TAHN), made of 100% organic cotton, is described as a “wrap without the wrapping”. The ready-to-wear carrier is put on like a t-shirt, so you don’t need to learn how to tie it. One baby can be carried in 5 different positions, but the patented double-loop design means that it’s ideal for carrying newborn twins.
The Baby K’Tan is suitable from birth until twins weigh 10lb each. It can then be used as a single carrier up to 35lbs. It is available in a range of sizes: note that the size relates to the wearer, not the babies!
The clever design means that it doesn’t have the excess fabric that traditional wraps have. Twins can be snuggled close to the parent without lots of extra fabric getting in the way. It’s also quicker and easier to put on, which is a very good thing when there are two wriggling babies involved!
Best Structured Twin Baby Carrier
Structured carriers, with padded shoulder straps and buckle fastenings, feel a bit like rucksacks and arguably offer more support than soft wraps – which is important when carrying twice the weight! Most structured carriers are designed for one baby, but the Twingo Original is a notable exception.
The Twingo Twin Carrier is purpose-made for carrying twin babies or toddlers: one on the front, and one on the back. In this set-up, there is only one set of shoulder straps, making it much more comfortable than using two separate carriers. The genius of the design is that it can also be used as two separate carriers on occasions when there is an extra adult on hand, using the conversion kit.
The Twingo can be used to carry babies from 7lbs using two of the infant inserts (which can be bought separately). Twins can be carried separately without this from 10lbs. Tandem wearing becomes possible from around 4 months old, once one of the twins has good enough head and neck control to be carried on your back. The Twingo can support a combined weight of 70lb (though I’m not sure many parents would want to carry that weight!)
Best Twin Baby Carriers for Versatility
Babies develop quickly, and with twins, it can be hard to keep pace with the changes! Versatility is therefore an important feature in a twin baby carrier. Woven wraps can cater for all sizes and ages of twins and can be used in lots of different positions.
The word Didymos means ‘twins’ in Greek: the brand was started when its founder was expecting twins. Inspired by African and Asian mothers, she found a way of carrying her babies while still being able to get things done.
With the Didymos wrap, tiny newborn twins can be wrapped together in various different front carry positions. Once one baby has good head and neck control, they can be worn on the back while the other is on the front. When both babies can sit up independently, a tandem hip hold is possible. This versatility means that twin babies can continue to be held supportively as they change and grow.
Numerous versions of the Didymos wrap are available. They can be made of materials including cotton and cashmere, with different colours and patterns and in several standard sizes (with others available on request).
Using Separate Buckled Carriers For Your Twins
If you already own one (or more than one!) buckled carrier, it is possible to carry twins in two separate carriers. This is a similar set-up to the Twingo, but is likely to feel more cumbersome as there will be two sets of shoulder straps and waistbands.
The Ergobaby is a popular choice for single baby wearing because it has been carefully designed to provide optimal ergonomic positioning for parent and baby. All carry positions, from baby to toddler, support baby in the natural ‘M’ position. The wide waistband offers excellent lower back support and can be a comfortable option after a C-section.
It is possible to combine two Ergobaby carriers by carrying a baby on your front and the twin baby on your back. By doing so, you can essentially create your own twin ergo baby carrier without splashing out on a purpose-designed twin carrier. You also get all the benefits of an individual Ergobaby carrier: the UPF 50+ tuckaway hood for sun and wind protection, the easily adjustable waistband and shoulder straps and the fact that it is machine washable.
More Twin Baby Carrying Options
‘Kangaroo care’ involves keeping babies skin-to-skin with their parent, helping them to maintain a healthy body temperature. This method is often advised for low birth weight or premature babies. It can be particularly beneficial for twins, as it enables them to snuggle together with their sibling and parent.
The Vija Kangaroo care top is designed specifically for this purpose. It can be used immediately after the babies are born, helping to stabilise their temperatures and promoting breastfeeding. The soft cotton material works as a top for the mother and offers gentle support for the babies, though it’s not hands free, so the babies must be held safely with your hands.
A Kangaroo care top is not exactly a baby carrier, but it shouldn’t be overlooked as an option for the very early post-partum days in the hospital and at home.
This Graco Playard is, again, not a baby carrier, but is so handy that it deserves a mention! It makes it much easier to travel with twins, because it serves as two bassinets and a playpen. It can also be used (without the bassinets) to allow twins to sleep together. The quilted mattress pad provides a comfortable space for twins to sleep and play.
It provides a larger area than most travel playpens, which is perfect for twins (but do make sure that you buy sheets that will fit!) It’s worth noting that the two bassinets are one piece, so they can’t be removed one at a time.
Do You Need a Carrier?
There are other ways to transport twins: double buggies are a popular choice. However, tandem wearing has the major advantage that it leaves the parent hands free!
What is a Twin Baby Carrier?
A twin baby carrier is one which has either been designed for carrying twins, or one which is designed for carrying one baby but can be used for two.
Benefits of Baby Wearing for Twins
Newborn twins are usually most settled when snuggled next to one another. Twin carriers enable this closeness, as well as offering the usual benefits of baby wearing:
- Strengthens the bond between parent and baby
- Boosts milk supply for breastfeeding mothers through close contact with baby
- Leaves parent hands free
- Promotes early language development, through baby’s proximity to facial cues
With twins on the scene, time is even more precious than normal, so the advantages offered by baby carriers become even more significant.
Different Baby Carrier Types
Baby carriers come in all sorts of materials and colours. However, there are a few main types that are worth knowing about when considering how to carry your twins. Some can be used to carry both twins at the same time, while others are just for carrying one baby.
- Stretchy wrap
- Woven wrap
- Ring sling
- Structured or buckled carrier
- Mei Tai, Podaegi and Onbuhimo
- Framed backpack (for long distance hiking)
- Front carrier (widely available but doesn’t support baby as well as some other types)
Baby Carrier Features
Different types of baby carrier offer different advantages. Given the variety of twin baby carriers available, it is worth thinking about which of the various possible features are important to you:
- Positions that baby/babies can be carried in (front, back, hip)
- Fastening method: tied or buckled
- Ethical, environmentally friendly, toxin-free and BPA Free
- Beautiful fabrics and patterns
- Machine washable
- Different sizes and/or adjustable waistbands and straps
- Extras such as hoods, pockets, padding and extra support for baby’s head
What Should You Consider When Buying a Twin Baby Carrier?
- Age of the twins: check whether the carrier is suitable from birth. Some carrying positions will only be possible when the babies reach a certain age or development level.
- Comfort: weight distribution, adjustable straps and an appropriately sized carrier can make a big difference to how comfortable it is to carry twins .
- Safety: a baby carrier needs to enable you to follow baby wearing safety guidelines such as making sure the babies’ chins are off their chests.
- Weight limit: baby carriers should state the weight that they can safely carry. Bear in mind that with twins, you need to consider their combined weight!
- Carrier positions: different carriers enable babies to be carried on the front, hip and back. Depending on the type of carrier, it may be possible to carry twins together on your front.
- Material and durability: the choice of material affects whether the carrier is breathable and washable as well as the appearance and how long it will last.
- Your budget: baby carriers don’t have to be expensive, but you pay extra for extra features.
These twin baby carrier reviews show the wide variety of carriers available for twins. We’ve also explained some of the key features, benefits and considerations. Different carriers will suit different families, but for carrying newborn twins it’s hard to beat the 100% organic Baby K’Tan. The ease of use is second-to-none and it’s even possible to breastfeed twins in the K’Tan. It provides the benefits of baby wearing twins without the hassle.