Congratulations! You’ve been riding the multiples roller coaster since you first saw two (or more) cute little bean-shapes on the ultrasound. Months later, they’ve arrived and the questions have surely piled up. Do we feed them at once? Should they sleep at the same time? Will they wake each other up? Will we, their parents, ever sleep again? When are the grandparents coming to help? I know carrying them is a great way to soothe and attach, but is there a carrier out there suited for twins?
I can help you with that last question. There are three fairly attractive options for carrying twins and one for carrying triplets. All of them are priced between $100 -$150 US Dollars.
Using what the wrap-makers call a “double cradle carry”, two babies can ride on the front of their caregiver, semi-upright, facing inward toward mom or dad, or snuggled sideways, so that they’re looking at each other.
There aren’t a lot of other carrying options with a wrap for twins, but the one nice feature of wraps such as the Moby Wrap is their relative simplicity and affordability. Parents of twins could even buy two wraps to use separately.
One recommendation on wraps for twins is to buy the wrap with the reinforced panel, as it will provide more support. Twins can be carried in the Moby Wrap from birth onward, even if babies are premature and weighing four pounds.
Sold through a number of online retailers such as Comfort 1st, the Maximom carrier is a product whose history is a bit difficult to suss out. I am an avid reader and I like a good story. A lot of the carriers, including the Ergo and Didymos, have histories born of individual parents inventing and improving baby carriers out of necessity.
So, appearing on the market from unknown origins, the Maximom carrier seems to be the Swiss army-inspired baby carrier for multiples. At $119, it claims nine different positions, the potential to carry three babies at once, to be used as a shopping cart cover and a make-shift high chair when necessary. It’s said to be single-user friendly, meaning you can put it on, place babies in it, and take babies out without assistance.
It looks a bit strappy and technical, though I’ve never tried it on. The Rubic’s Cube is a bit scary to me, and this baby carrier seemed a whole lot more puzzling than that. But, having twins or triplets is rife with complexity. Maybe a complex carrier is required for such an adventure!
Loving a good story, I was pleased to discover the story of Ann and Mike Moore, former Peace Corps volunteers who turned their experience in West Africa into the Snugli baby carrier, an invention they sold to a larger manufacturer. Ultimately disappointed in what the Snugli became, and newly inspired by grandchildren, Ann developed the Weego for single infants, preemies, and twins.
The Weego Twin carrier sells for around $149. Babies weighing 3 or more pounds can ride in the Weego, which incorporates spinal development needs of premature infants, while maintaining the snuggly feel of a soft carrier. All of the plusses of attachment parenting are borne out with the Weego: reducing colic, maintaining body temperature, learning babies’ cues, developing sleep patterns, soothing, and bonding.
Complex products that promise simple results raise a shadow of doubt in my mind. I can’t personally attest to the Maximom and found no existing product reviews out there on this carrier. Personal experience makes me fond of the Moby, which can accommodate twins in the early stages, when they’re less mobile. Finally, the Weego Twins carrier is designed specifically for use by parents of twins from their birth to age 5-6 months. Its thought-out design considers the twins’ contingent from every angle.