Expecting twins and considering a sling instead of a tank-size twin stroller? Or if you already have twins, are you wondering just how or if you will be able to do anything hands-free ever again?
Baby carriers are growing in popularity thanks to the need for ease in the lives of busy parents. The additional press focus on attachment parenting lately has also meant the market and demand for them is expanding.
You may know that a twin carrier is exactly what you need, or maybe you aren’t so sure if they would be for you. We will give you guidance on twin slinging, and look at the best twin baby carriers on the market.
Where Do I Start?
Imagine getting to cook dinner without having to try to settle your little ones? No more doing a Mrs. Doubtfire, letting pans boil over and burning everything to a crisp!
Using baby carriers, you can get to places you likely couldn’t with a twin stroller too, like trying to get through the airport in a hurry when the elevator queue is as long as the runway. You won’t need to buy a new car either — just to fit a double stroller in the trunk!
When you first start looking for a twin sling, you’ll be overwhelmed by all of the different shapes, sizes, materials, and brands that are available. All you know is that you need one, but have no clue where to even begin.
The search for a sling is confusing for moms with just one baby (experience talking here — I ended up with more carriers than kids to use them with!), let alone trying to find a carrier suitable for two babies at once.
Things you may wish to consider when on the search for your twin carrier include:
- Ergonomic design: While carrying twins, weight distribution is critical. Thankfully, the majority of slings are designed ergonomically — so look for one that won’t break your patience, or your back. Carrying the twin weight which is spread out equally is vital to reduce the risk of back or muscle injuries.
- Style: Would you prefer to have a single carrier that can hold both babies, or would you rather use two single slings and tandem carry?
- Ease of use: Two babies, one pair of hands. The last thing you want is to buy a carrier that has more instructions than a lifesize Lego Disney World. Although, how awesome would that be?
- Materials: You will need the carrier to be supportive, strong, and comfortable for you and your babies. You want them to be safe and secure, with a durable fabric. The fabric should also be breathable, you don’t want them to overheat (or you, given you’ll be getting a workout anyway carrying them both at once!).
- Easy cleaning: Accidents happen, particularly of the liquid variety, when it comes to babies. If you don’t have kids already, you’ll soon become accustomed to inappropriately timed explosive diapers or impromptu vomiting down your back! In case that happens — and it will — you want a carrier that is easy to clean.
- Babies safety and comfort: Selecting a sling that holds your babies in the correct position is important for their physical development, as well as their comfort. Slings should have ample support for little spines, and also at the pelvis to allow for sufficient joint and muscle growth. The positioning of your babies within the carriers is paramount to reducing the risk of conditions such as hip dysplasia (1).
The types available for twin use are generally buckled and structured, or wrap style. The wrap options are usually two separate slings designed for single-use, which are soft and unstructured. They are however, wrapped in ways to provide the required support for the user and the little one, and it is possible to wear two at a time.
It all boils down to personal preference as to which type you would rather use. But in this guide, we will look at the best twin carriers designed for carrying two at a time.
The Best Twin Baby Carriers of 2020
Finding twin products can be a bit of a headache, but now we have covered some of the important aspects of twin slings, so you have a better idea of what you need.
Not much is simple when it comes to buying for babies, and you have the job of buying for two … at the same time! Not to worry, we’ve done the searching so you don’t have to.
1. TwinGo Original Baby Carrier
Buying for twins is going to be costly, so you will probably want to make sure you go for a carrier that is built to last from birth and beyond.
This is not one carrier, but two products combined, with a maximum weight of 70 pounds in the tandem position. Single use weight is 45 pounds, meaning sharing the load (quite literally) with another family member or friend is simple. It is easy to separate into two carriers. 45lbs is a lot, most 5-year-olds aren’t 45lbs so this gives you a lot of time to get out of the carrier.
The straps and waistband are reinforced and adjustable, allowing for others to carry the babies to give you a break. The recommended height bracket is from 4 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 5 inches, making it perfect for petite and tall users too.
Lumbar support will help keep you comfortable. Despite boasting super strength, the straps are padded and the fabric is soft for your comfort too. The TwinGo grows with your babies, again with the help of the strong, adjustable straps.
As for the babies, this carrier has been classified as “hip-healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (2), making it safe for their growing joints. You will be comfortable, and your babies will be safely secure, giving you peace of mind that you won’t be causing them any hip or back problems.
For tandem use, it will let your babies have a view of the world from your perspective. One baby can snooze while on your front, while the other can take in their surroundings at your level.
- Comes with extra straps.
- Ideal for older babies and toddlers.
- Available in two colors.
- Additional large pockets for your use.
- Hoods to cover babies from the elements, or for shade during a snooze.
- Not for newborn use, unless babies weigh over 7 pounds.
- Infant inserts need to be purchased separately.
- The product itself is over four pounds in weight.
2. Twingaroo Twin Carrier
Every eventuality has been thought of with this carrier.
You won’t have to carry extra baggage along with your tandeming double trouble. It comes with a full-sized diaper bag attached, plus two insulated bottle holders. Hands-free, here we come!
Moms praise its ease of use. The instruction manual can help you perfect your carries and positioning your babies in safely and securely. The stitching and buckles are reinforced for babies’ added protection, too.
The waist belt is wide and padded, giving the wearer comfort and support.
The waist can also be adjusted up to 62 inches, which of course is a bonus. Not every momma has a personal trainer to get back into shape. And, let’s be honest, who will need one with twins to carry and chase around?
As for your babies, they will need to be a little bigger than newborn to fit in it. On the plus side of that, the panels to cover babies’ backs are soft and of a good length.
Your babies’ spines will be supported well by the back panels, and their hips are easily placed in an ergonomic position. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has also stated this carrier is “hip-healthy.” Which is more than I can say for myself after birthing two rather large babies!
There’s even a large pocket at the front for you to pop your keys and purse inside — just in case you want to go to the store.
- Can be used with twins or children of different ages.
- Lightweight carrier.
- Back-up buckles and strong stitching for extra safety.
- Storage for other baby items.
- The conversion strap kit needs to be purchased separately if you wish to use as two separate carriers.
- Not suitable for newborn twins; minimum recommended weight is 10 pounds.
3. Weego Twin Carrier
Suitable from the get go, you can keep your tiny twins up close to you, and one another, with this adorable carrier.
With a weight guide from 4 pounds, it is ideal for premature babies too. Keeping them safe and snug at your chest, the carrier has been designed to make them feel like they are still in the womb. Ahh, how sweet!
This cute sling is designed for use with babies up until their combined weight is around 33 pounds. Obviously, this is also dependent upon their actual size too. So, if you aren’t planning on carrying them beyond around six months, this carrier is a great option.
The design is pretty simple, with two front pouches and two fastenings for you at the back. The pouches may look a little like insulated bottle bags, but they do allow for correct posture and movement of your babies.
One attribute I just adore is that you can remove the carrier with babies still inside! This is great if you maybe feel like you need a break (as all moms sometimes do). You can remove the sling, with minimal disturbance to your babies, and pass to your partner who can then slip it on easily.
If the image of your other half doting on your two little ones hasn’t been enough to win you over, then the sheer ease of use, gorgeous colors, and design sure might make it the winner for you.
I have seen this carrier in action and the babies stayed snug and asleep at a loud play place! It was amazing.
Editor's Note:Katelyn Holt RN, BSN, BC
- Three sets of detachable bibs included, to protect the upper section of the carrier.
- Zipper, snaps, and velcro attachment for security.
- Machine washable and can be tumble dried too.
- Available in either combined polyester and cotton, or simply cotton twill.
- Inward facing only.
- No paper instructions provided, online or video only.
- Not suitable for twins whose combined weight is over 33 pounds.
4. TwinTrexx 2 Baby Carrier
If you want to use your carrier in more than one way, this carrier has got you covered. You have the choice of forward facing, inward facing, on your hips, tandem, or just use as a single carrier.
This carrier isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as some of the others, and it does appear a little simplistic. But hey, if it does the job, then who am I to judge?
It can, however, hold a combined weight of 50 (yes you read that right, five-zero) pounds. Go, muscle momma!
The shoulder straps are padded, to help minimize any pressure when carrying heavier babies. The actual holders for the babies are padded too, for their comfort.
The waistband isn’t padded, and seems to come together pretty high up on the stomach. I’m not certain if it should be called a waistband — or chest band, maybe?
The adjustable shoulder straps, and waist/chest band, are attached securely with buckles. Additional poppers at the chest band, close to your collarbone, will keep the straps from slipping down your shoulders and — well — dropping a baby!
The straps also allow for simple removal. Their adjustable ties mean that use by your partner, sister, cousin, or whoever you choose, is easy too. Hallelujah! Hands-free time and the excuse to pass the babies to someone else, to give your back a break.
As for the comfort of your little wrigglers, the seat section for them is snug and wide, allowing for optimal tushy positioning.
- Can separate into one carrier per baby/person — sharing is caring!
- Lightweight materials.
- Can be worn in five different positions.
- When used as a double carrier, it can be complicated to figure out where all the buckles clip together.
- Waistband would benefit from some additional padding/support.
5. Malishastik Tandem Twin Carrier
Last, but not least, our best budget pick. This carrier is simple and functional.
Babies are held in an ergonomic position, one leg to either side of each of your hips, sitting comfortably on the arches of your pelvis. (Wow, does that actually sound painful for us though? Or is it just me and my post-baby pelvis phobias?)
As the babies are held on your hips, it can make getting through doors a little difficult, unless you turn to your side. Unfortunately, it doesn’t allow for you to hold your babies in any other position. It is healthy for babies’ hip development though, which, of course, is paramount.
Thankfully for the babies and you, the carrier exterior is 100 percent cotton, so it is soft, comfortable and breathable. The shoulder and waist straps are thick and padded, for added lumbar support. Although being adjustable, the waist can only go up to 43 inches.
The carrier isn’t suitable for newborn use. So, unless you have had record-breaking twins weighing 10 pounds each, then you will need to wait a little while before you can use it. The maximum weight, however, is 33 pounds each, so you will get plenty of use from it, anyhow.
The beauty of this carrier, is that it is machine washable. I know, you’re thinking, “Great, another item for the wash mountain!” That is definitely an added extra, though, with two babies attached to you — who knows what you will get covered in!
- Comes with instructions.
- Won’t break your budget.
- Moms and babies love how comfortable it is.
- Doesn’t separate into two separate carriers like many other twin slings.
- There is no head support for the babies.
- Some users find it quite difficult to put on without help.
Babywearing Twins FAQs
Choosing to carry your babies is entirely a personal preference, particularly when you have twins. Some moms don’t have the trunk space for huge strollers. On the other hand, maybe you just don’t want to give yourself any extra physical strain of carrying the babies, after a long twin pregnancy.
Although I didn’t have twins, I carried my baby everywhere in my slings. One of the reasons was because I had an older child to tend to, so it meant I could play with the toddler, cook, do chores, and hold hands while we went for walks. All the things I couldn’t do when using a stroller.
Another reason was that my baby had major separation issues/anxiety. The little one would just scream until picked up, so the sling meant I could still do most chores and keep baby happy too.
Are There Any Benefits to Carrying My Twins?
Scientifically, yes, there are thought to be many benefits for baby carrying. It has been around for decades in so many different countries. With so many different benefits to both your babies and you, the likelihood is you’ll find carrying a breeze (3).
Carrying babies in a sling is the only way you can hold them both, while being hands-free at the same time!
The benefits of wearing your twins include:
- Symptom soothing: One of your little ones may have reflux/colic (hopefully not both!). If they do, twin carriers can lessen the symptoms, as babies are held in an upright position.
- Bonding: Holding your babies close to you will calm them, and also help you to form a close bond. One safety aspect during carrying is for babies to be held “close enough to kiss.” Imagine how many kisses you can have when keeping them so close!
- Comforting for babies: Coming into the world is a daunting time for your little ones, as well as a massive adjustment for you. Having your twins close beside you, where they can feel your warmth, your voice, and your heartbeat, will mimic what they had in the womb. This makes them feel secure and safe.
- Convenience: I know I have already mentioned this numerous times, but double-strollers can make it difficult to move around. Carrying your twins allows you to keep your hands free to do other things, and go places you couldn’t go with a stroller. It also lightens your load, by letting someone else carry the babies at times, too.
- Helps with breast milk production: First of all, you are a hero if you breastfeed twins, and second of all, wow! Our bodies are amazing. Holding your babies close actually can boost the amount of breast milk you make.
- Reduces the risk of flat head syndrome: Babies are born with soft skulls, which aids with their delivery. Flat head syndrome (known as plagiocephaly) happens when a baby lays in the same position for too long (4). Using a carrier for your twins can prevent this happening.
I Have Back Problems, Can I Carry?
Slings are all about being ergonomic and hip-safe for babies. But I hear you: What about your hips? What about your back?
I carried, although only one child, but I did it despite having my own lower back problems. I consulted my physician, who helped me find a carrier that wasn’t just safe for my baby, but that had excellent support for me too.
The joy of the majority of sling carriers is that they are adjustable, so can be worn by other people. So, if you do feel like you can’t carry at times, someone else can help out.
Most baby carriers are designed to lessen the risk of back pain occurring. However, if you do have existing back problems, speak to your doctor or physical therapist first. Their advice can help you find a twin sling that is comfortable for yourself, as well as your babies.
It’s a Twin Thing
Understandably, twin slinging won’t be for everyone. This may be personal preference, or you could have been medically advised not to.
However, if you do decide to carry your tiny twosome, be reassured, there are plenty of choices available.
For economy, we recommend the Malishastik Tandem Twin Carrier. If you’re looking for versatility, the TwinGo Original Baby Carrier is the best twin baby carrier and will see you through many months of closeness, from birth upwards.
With our varied review of twin carriers above, there is bound to be at least one product that will be the best for you and your precious bundles.