“Tandem babywearing” (or sometimes called “tandemwearing”) refers to wearing two babies simultaneously. Though twins are often thought of in tandem babywearing, those worn can be of different ages. You can use one carrier or two carriers and they don’t have to be the same type of carrier. Below are a collection of video tutorials that use one carrier, two of the same type of carrier, or two different types of carriers to tandem babywear (not an exhaustive list but it’s a start!). The information below is divided up into the following sections:
- Tandem Babywearing with One Carrier
- Tandem Babywearing with Two Carriers
- Tips for Tandem Babywearing
- Carriers Designed for Tandem Babywearing
- Additional Resources for Tandem Babywearing
Tandem Babywearing with One Carrier
[4 minute 25 second no voice-audio video demonstrating a tandem pocket wrap cross carry using a stretchy wrap, with captioned instructions]
[4 minute 45 seconds voice audio with closed captioning, demonstrating a front wrap cross carry with two babies.]
[6 minute 23 second no voice audio video with background music and captioned text, demonstrating a front and back carry with two toddlers and one woven wrap.]
[5 minute 25 second no voice audio video with background music and captioned text, demonstrating a hip carry with a ring finish and two toddlers in a rainbow woven wrap.]
Photo tutorial of Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry 2 Ring Variation: https://tandemtrouble.com/2016/10/05/jasmine-tandem-hip-a-photo-tutorial-2/
Tandem Babywearing with Two Carriers
[6 minute 12 second no voice audio video with background music and captioned text, demonstrating a front and back carry with twins and two soft-structured carriers.]
[3 minute 51 second no audio video, no captions, demonstrating a front and back carry with two soft-structured carriers and two children of different ages.]
[3 minute 56 second no voice audio with background music and captions demonstrating tandem babywearing with two ring slings on the hip.]
[5 minute 19 second no voice audio with background music and captions demonstrating tandem babywearing with two bei dais.]
[4 minute 17 second video with audio and closed captioning of tandem babywearing using a stretchy wrap in front and a soft-structured carrier on back.]
Tips for Tandem Babywearing
- If using 2 separate carriers that have waistbands, secure both waistbands first, before putting any children in a carrier.
- Don’t thread a second carrier through the shoulder straps of a first carrier (like a woven wrap through the straps of a buckle carrier to create a Front Cross Carry). The buckle carrier straps aren’t tested for that bearing weight in that way.
- If you have a child who likes to get up and down and up and down, it may be easier to have that child on your back and have the carrier put on second for easier removal. Or for when there’s a diaper blow out because…poop happens.
- If the children are in their own carrier, it may be more convenient to take one out while the other stays safely worn (for example, older child who was in a buckle carrier on your back needs to come down to go potty but younger child remains in a wrap on the front).
Carriers Designed for Tandem Babywearing
If you would rather choose a carrier that is specifically designed for tandem babywearing, here are some options (the ones with an asterisk we currently have in our lending library):
- Mini Monkey
- Naked Panda Duo
- *TwinGo Original
- TwinTrexx Twin Baby Carrier
- TwinTrexx 2 Twin Baby Carrier
Additional Resources for Tandem Babywearing
- Tandem Trouble
- Gentle Parenting Twins (formerly known as Twin Mommy 101)
- “An Inspiring Detroit Twin Mama, a Light Twingo Review, and little Social Justice Commentary” by Close at Hand Baby
- “A Picture Song of all of the Twin Baby Nursing/Babywearing Positions I Have Ever Seen” by Close at Hand Baby
If you have any questions about babywearing, we encourage you to contact us and/or come learn in person at one of our meetings! Check out our Instagram @Babywearing.Twin.Cities and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BabywearingTwinCities/).
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