Twinfant Tuesday: Ways to carry two babies when strollers are not allowed

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It was long after my twins were born, 8 months to be exact, that I felt comfortable leaving the house and going to social events by myself.  Story hours and play dates were new to my agenda and although these  events were crucial in helping me feel less isolated and introducing me to friends in my new town, they also brought with them many new challenges.  For example, after feeling so proud of myself for making it out of the house and being on time for my first ever story hour, my spirits were quickly squashed when I discovered that the staff did not allow mothers to bring strollers into the performance room.  I was shocked and almost felt like crying when the kind librarian informed me that I has to transport my kids inside without the help of my trusty stroller.  I felt awkward as I carried my car seats into the performance room.  I felt clumsy as I placed them on the floor, sat in front of them, unbuckled them and then left the car seats near me- taking up valuable space, but feeling unable to move them because I did not want to leave my children unattained.  I also felt silly as I  packed my boys up to leave and I know I bumped into several people with my wide load.

I encountered similar difficulties when attending play group meetings at new friends’ houses.  Some walkways made wheeling a stroller up to the front door impossible.  Others had long sets of stairs leading to the front door creating a whole new obstacle.  These new situations taught me the best and easiest ways to carry my guys around when strollers were not permitted or usable.  Here are some suggestions in case you find yourself in a similar situation:

1.  Place one baby in a carrier and hold the other on your hip.  I used this method most often when I was faced with a difficult transportation scenario.  I was able to support my (somewhat lighter) son on my hip and use the carrier to support the weight of my other boy.  I felt like I still had one hand free for opening doors, digging keys out of pockets and placing the baby back in the car seat.  This was my favorite way to roll.
2.  Carry the babies in their infant car seats. I used the method if I had to, but by 8 months, my boys were heavy!  Also, when carrying kids this way, you do not have any free hands to open doors (especially your own car doors).  This method is less than ideal for some situations.
3.  Use a twin carrier or two carriers (one on the front and one of the back): There are some twin specific carriers that allow you to carry two babies relatively hands free.  Be mindful of the weight limitations of these carriers; however, as they are really meant to be used when your babies are small.  Alternatively, some choose to wear one baby in a single carrier on the front and one in a single carrier on the back.  This can work nicely for situations where you have a long walk or when you may have to stand for a long period of time.
4.  Carry one baby on each hip: As twin moms we are really good at carrying both of our children around the house at the same time but sometimes getting both babies into your arms is a challenge.  I have always had good luck picking up two babies from their beds but have found that it is tough to grab two from their car seats or from the ground.  Keep this in mind if you do not have anyone to help hand you the second child.

I am sure there are many other ways people have engineered a solution to this unique problem.  Please let us know how you transport your kids when strollers are not allowed or ideal.

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Carrie

Carrie, mother to 18 month old twin boys, has presently traded a lab coat for mom jeans to be a SAHM. As a research scientist, Carrie was used to problem solving and troubleshooting small tasks while keeping big picture goals in sight. As a mom, she has found her job to be quite similar. While repeating the mantras “don’t sweat the small stuff” and “this too shall pass”, Carrie and her husband managed to survive the first year as twin parents. As this second year progresses, Carrie is enjoying the small freedoms and enjoyable moments that come with toddlerhood. Carrie and her family (including dogs and cats) live in the Bay Area and enjoy good weather, good produce and good times. Carrie enjoys documenting life as a twin mom with the hopes that her stories and insights will make other peoples journey just a touch easier.

6 thoughts on “Twinfant Tuesday: Ways to carry two babies when strollers are not allowed”

  1. For a long time, we just dragged the kids around in their infant seats. This was particularly challenging when going to the grocery store, and honestly, until about 6 months, I don’t think I attempted the store alone. When they began sitting up, it dawned on me that I could wear one in the baby carrier and place the other in the seat on the cart. This opened up a whole new world for us. Sometimes when my husband takes them to the store, he’ll just grab 2 carts. And now, they’re big enough to ride in the little car on the front of the cart, which is awesome because they get so bored.

    I continued to schlep them into daycare in their infant seats until my son was too heavy, so I can relate to the awkwardness and inconvenience of this method. Then he graduated to baby carrier, and eventually I transitioned to one baby in carrier, one on my hip. Now that they can both walk, I let one of them practice holding my hand and walking out on their own 2 feet, while the other rides in the carrier. I hope they’ll eventually get good enough that I don’t have to carry either one. I saw a mom with nearly 2 year old twins doing this the other day, so I know it’s a possibility. Each new development is more liberating, but it brings a little sadness to see them grow up so quickly.

  2. My twins are three in in a few months & I still find myself carrying both of them sometimes. Across the parking lot or when I’m in a hurry & little legs can’t move fast enough. Something I thought I would of stopped a while ago!

  3. On very, very very VERY rare occasions, I still carry my 8-year-olds, one on each hip. This is usually when they’re both shocked by bad news and need to be moved to a reasonable location for sitting and snuggling. When they were little, I usually wore one in a front carrier and carried the other on my hip.

  4. Oh my gosh, the first time I actually mustered up the courage to go to library storytime with my tiny babies, and found strollers weren’t allowed, I almost cried. I also hauled my car seats in and felt so out of place. And then there was the “baby-friendly” baby shower up 3 flights of stairs (and it was a formal tea!). I quickly learned to bring a carrier and pop the heavy one in the carrier and hold the other on my hip (or Ergos on the front and back for longer trips). What a whole new world now that my guys are able to walk short distances from the car and we can forgo the stroller altogether! I still carry them both in my arms every once in a while, especially up and down stairs, partly just to make sure I still can! Can’t lose that trick in the mom-arsenal ;o) Glad to know you are still rocking it 8 yrs later, Sadia!

  5. Hey

    Very nice guide , but I would like to share something here , when I visited Singapore I had to carry my babies and trust me ladies this is really hard job.

    I would like to suggest you ladies always try to carry stroller with you.

    Cheers

  6. I think the double stroller is a great addition to any house with more than one child.

    Most Parents usually find that the convenience of having a double stroller helps with the day-to-day activities from running errands to trips to the park.

    Sometimes just having the ability to strap two children into one space so they can be monitored and corralled is just what you need in order to get through a moment of craziness or a must do challenge.

    However, most of the time it is just nice to have one stroller to transport two kids so they can both enjoy the same activity at the same time.

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