One of the toughest realizations when you are a new mom is that you can’t do things like you used to. Your hands are always carrying something (usually a baby), and you absolutely don’t have the time to do what you used to. While baby carriers are nothing new, they have gained in popularity thanks to us multi-tasking moms who want to fold the laundry while still kissing, cuddling, and loving on our babies at the same time.
When you are a twin mom, however, it’s very hard to be a baby-wearing mama, especially if you suffer back issues (like me). When we could, my husband would baby-wear (or hold) one of the twins and I would wear the other. While they were little, this worked really well, but as they started to get bigger, the stress on my back and shoulders would be too much (even with the well-distributed and well-regarded baby carriers, I was in a lot of pain).
When we were asked to try and review the Twingaroo, however, I jumped at the opportunity. I am more than happy to try any product, especially if it is made specifically for twins (like the Twin Z Pillow). At this point, my twins are about 25 pounds each and 15 months old, so when we tried this out, I had about 50 pounds of baby on me. I knew that, although my back was doing better, it was nowhere near completely healed so I would have to be careful.
As with many ergonomic carriers, it was rather complicated to figure out the different straps and clips, but once I was able to sort out which pieces went where, I was thoroughly impressed. It seemed like the folks at Twingaroo thought of everything:
This carrier can be used as a single carrier or a double front/back carrier.
It has nice padded shoulder straps, and buckles secure it comfortably onto the body no matter what your size.
It can accommodate babies from 10-35 lb (or one baby 45 lbs), and it even has a backpack diaper bag built in.
Seriously, this thing is amazing! In my twin mom forums, so many people have been excited about this carrier, and I can totally see why!
Oh, but what was one of the small details that impressed me the most? The fact that each of the straps had a little elastic loop to contain the extra strap so it wasn’t hanging loose. When you have it assembled as a double carrier, there would be a lot of extra strap material, so this little bonus was extremely helpful and impressive (although David just wanted to play with the strap and got upset when I finally wrapped it up). That just made me realize that they worked to think of everything.
Going back to the comfort, however, neither of my twins have been in a carrier at least 6 months, yet as soon as I got them in this, they just cuddled in and were quite happy. Audrey loved being so close to Mommy, and David loved being able to look around at the world from a different angle. He was laughing the entire time, and quite often reached up to play with my hair. I loved having my hands free. I didn’t feel like I was top-heavy or even that I had too much weight on me either. My back surprisingly didn’t hurt at all. I felt the majority of the weight along my hips, but it was surprisingly comfortable there!
Again, there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to the Twingaroo, but I would say the same thing for any of the other carriers that we have used. I would highly encourage everyone who has this to watch the videos on their website, as they are incredible for more information and as a how-to. I first tried to put it on just by trial and error, but once I watched the videos on their website, I easily figured out each of the steps. The only thing that would have made it easier is if the buckles were color coded so you could match the colors together.
Overall, however, if you are looking to wear two children, whether twins or an infant and a toddler, I would highly recommend the Twingaroo!