If you are expecting twins you may be expecting that babywearing is beyond you. Twice the baby… twice the weight… just one parent.
While it would be nice to always have the option to split the load into separate carriers – one for Mom, one for Dad – but the fact is that everyday life will rarely work out like this.
You and your babies shouldn’t have to miss out on all of the benefits of babywearing because they are a twin. Fortunately, there are some baby carriers out there that have been designed to carry twin newborns.
In this article, we will review all of the best twin baby carriers on the market. You can then decide if you are physically up for the challenge of carrying twins!
Baby Carrier Designs Suitable for Twins
This is a unique use for a baby carrier and very few designs will accommodate this. Almost all of the twin baby carriers we have reviewed are specially designed for tandem baby wearing (with one exception).
- Soft-structured carrier – must be a twin carrier design with two seats.
- Baby wrap – if there is enough fabric you can tie this specifically for carrying twins.
- Ring sling – must be designed for two, and the fabric must be strong.
Unfortunately, this is an underserved market. However, we have been able to find the best baby carriers available in each of the above categories that can be used with twins.
Twin Baby Carrier Comparison
You will notice that TwinGo carriers dominate our list. This is mostly because there just aren’t that many manufacturers of twin baby carriers.
However, there are some good quality options that fit each of the styles in the section above. So you have some choice to match with your preferences of carrier and budget available.
Best Twin Baby Carriers of 2021
1. TwinGo Air – Best Overall Twin Baby Carrier
The TwinGo Air is a big improvement on the TwinGo Lite, which was included in an older version of this list. The updated model is a clear top pick for us due to the upgraded breathable fabric, customizable waistband fit, and versatility in the design.
This is a more complete baby carrier solution compared to the TwinGo Original model (no. 4 on our list) with the only shortcoming being smaller waistband pocket instead of the large backpack style pocket on the original.
However, you can still fit your cell phone and keys in here and it is easily accessible just under the baby seat area. Considering you are already carrying twins the weight of extra items may be unwanted anyway.
Where the TwinGo Air outperforms is in the versatility of the structure of the carrier. You have the option to expose the breathable mesh when the weather is warmer, and cover it up when it gets colder. This ensures your babies are comfortable in all conditions.
The rest of the features are the same in both models; use as single or tandem carrier using the extra shoulder straps, and two sleep hoods included to protect your babies at nap time.
- Light frame but sturdy build
- Breathable mesh fabric
- Thick padded shoulder straps
- Up to a 100″ waist!
- Multiple carrying positions
- No big pockets
- Infant inserts to be bought separately
2. Malishastik Twin Baby Carrier – Best Budget Twin Carrier
If you are looking to spend less than the TwinGo Air then the Malashastik is a good alternative.
You get a lot of the same functionality in the design. You can still use it as a single carrier with one baby, wear your babies in the tandem carry position, or as two separate buckled carriers.
What you do not get is the breathable mesh fabric built into the structure of the baby carrier. This makes the Malishatik less suitable for warmer climates, but for many parents, this will not matter and you can save some money when buying.
It can handle a combined weight capacity of 66lbs, which would see you through the first year easily and until your babies weigh upwards of 25 lbs each.
The Malishastik is not as suitable for plus-sized parents with the waist strap only reaching 43″. This is less than half the TwinGo Air.
- Cheaper alternative
- Up to 66 lbs combined weight
- User friendly buckled carrier
- Multiple carrying positions
- Waist size only up to 43″
- No breathable mesh
3. Malishastik Twin Sling – Best Ring Sling for Twins
Sticking with the Malishastik brand we now look at the only ring sling on our list. The key advantage of the ring sling vs the first two carriers on our list is that you can use it immediately after birth.
Newborns are tiny and you would normally have to wait a couple of months before using a baby carrier. With this ring sling you can babywear your twins as soon as you feel confident enough to do so.
With the sling itself going over the shoulders, and not the waist, it is suitable for almost all body shapes which removes some of the risks from buying if you have a larger waistline.
Of course, not everyone likes the ring sling style of babywearing (I am not a big fan). There is a lot of extra cloth and you need to hold onto your babies most of the time. I prefer the hands-free (and worry-free) alternative of a structured carrier.
But if you want a ring sling that can handle twins this is it.
The weight capacity is lower than the structured carriers at 60 lbs… But this is still a lot for most parents who have no intention of carrying two older babies at the same time.
- Suitable for newborn twins
- One size fits all
- Machine washable
- A lot of loose fabric
- Lower max weight of 60lbs
This is the original twin baby carrier that came before all of the others in the TwinGo range and still stands up very well today.
We covered the differences between the Original and the Air earlier, but just to reiterate the main point of difference is the large storage pocket at the back of the carrier.
In practical terms, if you have to carry a lot of extra stuff then wearing two babies may not be the best idea in the first place. You will not be able to reach the pocket while wearing the carrier which makes it a bit impractical.
This is the only reason that it has dropped a few places on our list. The Air just does a more suitable job considering the load you will be carrying.
However, if you plan on carrying just one baby more often then the extra storage space can become very useful and manageable to carry. Especially if you will just use one baby carrier with one twin each.
If sticking with the tandem position long term you can also buy this with the confidence that it will last the longest of any of the twin baby carriers on this list. The maximum weight is a massive 70 lbs which is the strongest baby carrier that we have come across in any category.
So if you are a strong twin parent and are up for the 70 lb baby carrier challenge then this is the carrier for you!
The design is very comfortable and distributes the weight well across your frame. You may surprise yourself with the load that you can handle, and find strength you never knew you had.
- Base carrier
- Attachment carrier
- Extra shoulder straps
- Two sleeping hoods
- Two carry bags
- Infant insert
- Carrier panel extender
- Teething pads
- Versatile design allowing for adaptation to twin or single use.
- High quality material designed for heavy weight.
- Convenient storage bags included
- The price point is at the higher end for baby carriers
- With so many straps it can get a bit tangled and complicated
5. Boba Wrap Baby Carrier – Best Baby Wrap for Twins
A wrap carrier would not usually be associated with carrying twins. But it is possible if the fabric is strong and long enough to tie off effectively.
The Boba Wrap carrier is a yes on both counts and is one of the best baby wraps on the market.
The tricky part is learning how to tie the thing. Check out the video demonstration below to see how you can carry twins with your Boba baby wrap by modifying the tying technique to accommodate two babies.
This is another style of baby carrier that you can use with newborn twins, and just tie off to suit their size and how much support they need for their strength levels.
Given that the maximum recommended weight is just 35 lbs you will only be able to use this for the first few months. But it will do a great job in that narrow window of time.
- Can use with one or two babies
- Machine washable fabric
- Much lower weight capacity
- Not a hands-free carrier
Twin Carrier Safety
When tandem wearing a carrier for twins you need to be aware of a number of key points before you consider putting your babies in the seats:
- Stage of Development – Your babies must be strong enough to hold their neck up and have that consistent control that will ensure they can keep their airways open when awake and asleep.
- Size – They must also be tall enough for the baby’s head to sit on top of the carrier structure, and their torso remaining centered. This ensures they stay in a hip healthy position.
There is variation in these requirements depending on the baby carrier design that you are using. There is more flexibility when using a wrap or ring slings to carry twins as the material can be shaped to support your babies as needed.
If you are looking for more safety advice and standards for manufacturers check out the US CPSC guidelines.
Can I Wear Two Separate Baby Carriers at Once?
You can wear tandem babywear with two separate carriers at the same time as long as you use structured baby carriers that can hold your baby safely in place. We do not recommend this though as it can get a bit more complicated and uncomfortable.
As a brief guide you would need to achieve the following:
- One of the structured carriers must be able to support the back carry position.
- Your babies must be old enough to have good neck control.
- You must be strong enough to handle the weight.
- The shoulder straps should be adjustable so you can give one more room to fit over the top of the first baby carrier.
The only advantage is that you can hold a lot more weight – for example, two Ergobaby carriers have a combined maximum weight of 90 lbs!
If this all sounds like too much then many parents prefer the alternatives below.
Alternatives to a Twin Baby Carrier
After reading through the information above you may be left feeling that using one of these twin carriers will be too demanding on your body.
You are still healing after a tough pregnancy after all.
Both options below are viable alternatives. Check out the links for full buyers guides on each product type that can support twin moms just as well in most cases:
- Double Stroller – take the weight off completely and use a tandem or side by side stroller.
- Single Baby Carrier – just go for a regular baby carrier for one baby and alternate which baby you carry (or buy two and share with your partner).
While the idea of having twin baby carriers with two babies can be intimidating, if the weight distribution is done correctly you may surprise yourself with how well you can handle the load.
So don’t underestimate yourself!
In our opinion, the best baby carrier for twins is the TwinGo Air. The flexibility in the design and emphasis on comfort made it a real standout selection. The added safety of being a buckled carrier also makes the baby wearing experience as easy as possible.
Being able to split a baby carrier into two separate baby carriers also provides some relief for twin parents, and is the pinnacle of versatility for an item like this.
If you want to be able to carry your newborn twins you can either buy the infant insert for the TwinGo, or go with the Malishastik ring sling.