If you are wearing twins or two small babies in the Dual Carry Position or one small baby in the Back Carry Position, you should try to configure the carrier so you can see your baby over your shoulder. If you cannot see your baby, try wearing the waist belt higher and/or adjusting the Perfect Fit Adjusters on the shoulder straps. When tandem wearing a toddler and baby, you may find the need to separate the two waist belts so the Base Carrier—the carrier on your back—can be worn lower or higher than the Attachment Carrier—the carrier on your front.
The waistband of the TwinGo can be adjusted as small as 20 inches in single-child mode and as small as 26 inches in double-child mode (equivalent to a US woman's size 0-2). If your waist is not smaller than 20 inches, you can improve the fit. Please navigate to our instructional videos and click the Dual-Carry video. The Dual Carry video demonstrates how to use the TwinGo with a "small/Medium" waist size. The video will show how to adjust the Waist Loops and the Waist Flaps for a smaller size, as follows:
WAIST LOOPS: Unthread the waist straps from the fabric Waist Loops on one or both carriers.
WAIST FLAPS: You can either overlap the padded Waist Flaps or you may need to fold them on first the Attachment Carrier (and then maybe on the Base Carrier too).
Wearing the TwinGo correctly is key to getting a comfy fit for both babies and for the adult. We are more than happy to help parents on an individual basis. Simply shoot us an email to get started. In the meantime, here are our top tips & best resources:
When the TwinGo is divided into two independent single-child carriers, each carrier can hold a child up to 45 lbs (20.4 kg). That’s the average weight for a 4-5 year old! When the TwinGo is combined as a double-child carrier, the entire unit can hold up to 70 lbs (31.8 kg). When your children get bigger, we suggest you consult your physician to determine your personal carrying limits.
We know of many families who have made tandem babywearing a lifestyle choice with their twins, starting around 5 months and continuing up to 2-3+ years old. For continued comfort and support of growing children, our Panel Extender provides an additional 4.5 in (11 cm) of back support for toddlers and preschoolers! There is no need to purchase a toddler-size carrier to accommodate larger children with this TwinGo accessory.
You can start using your TwinGo Carrier with the Infant Insert in the Front Carry Position as soon as your baby is 7lbs. Without the Infant Insert, you can start using a single carrier on the front once your baby can comfortably straddle the carrier from knee-to-knee, which is usually around 3-4 months (approx 10-12 lbs) for full-term babies. For tandem and Back Carry Position, safety is our #1 concern. A child must meet ALL three of the following criteria to be carried on your back:
1) Development: Baby must have strong and consistent head/neck control when awake and asleep
2) Size: Baby must be tall enough his head is outside the carrier and have long enough legs to comfortably straddle the panel of the carrier.
3) Age: Baby must over 4+ months corrected age in good health.
Our carriers support inward-facing positions for two reasons:
1) Healthy hip development for babies. Our carrier follows best practices for healthy hip and spine development in small babies by offering inward-facing positions that spread the baby's legs open and offer a seat that supports the natural curve of the baby's spine. You can read more about ergonomic positioning from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
2) Comfort for the parent. Since you plan to carry two babies, maximizing weight distribution on your body is essential. Inward-facing positions bring the weight toward the adult and our structured waistband supports the weight on your hips. This is the ideal way to balance the load of two children and simultaneously maximize comfort for the adult. In contrast, outward-facing positions pull weight away from your body and can cause significant stress on your neck and shoulders.
Yes. The Attachment Carrier can be worn with a single child on the adult's hip. The TwinGo User Manual has step-by-step instructions to assist parents with this position. The Base Carrier does not allow for Hip Carry.
Yes. Each carrier pouch supports children up to 45 lbs in single-child carry positions. The carrier can support up to 70 lbs in the double-child position. We strongly advise that a toddler is worn on the back and the baby in the front. Although it may be possible to wear children in the reverse order, we advise against it. When tandem wearing a toddler and a small baby, you may find the need to separate the two waist belts to provide variable heights for each child.
You can start using your TwinGo Carrier as one or two single-child carriers with the Infant Insert in the Front Carry Position as soon as your baby is 7lbs. You can stop using the Infant Insert once your baby can comfortably open his/her legs wide enough to straddle the seat from knee-to-knee, which is usually around 3-4 months (approx 12 lbs) for full-term babies. The Infant Insert is for Front Position only; it is not to be used in the Back Carry Position. You can read more about Babywearing Safety and Back Carry on our blog.
There are a few key times when we recommend adding the Panel Extenders for toddlers:
1) If the top of the carrier is below your child's shoulder blades, the Panel Extenders will increase the height of the carrier on your child's back. For a safe ride, you want the carrier to come up to at least your child's armpits.
2) If your child has the habit of leaning backward excessively, the PEs will limit his ability to pull away from your body. For a safe ride, you want your child to sit upright so you are stable on your feet at all times.
3) If the Sleep Hood no longer covers your child's head because he's too tall, the PEs will extend the height of the carrier and allow you to use the Sleep Hoods at the proper height to support your sleeping child's head.
The Baby TwinGo fits stuffed animals and dolls up to approximately 14 inches. However, it’s hard to provide an actual size since stuffed animals and dolls are built so differently, and stuffed in a variety of ways. For dolls, we recommend the doll’s torso be made of flexible/stuffed material to be comfortable for the child to wear. If your child has a favorite doll or stuffed animal, feel free to contact us to provide measurements and we can help you determine fit.