Gorgeous guest stars: Zina!
Zina’s a twin mum I met through a natural parenting board. Her babies Bo & Luke were born 9 weeks premature. She rocks tandem babywearing hardcore, as seen here:
Both babies froggied in a stretchy wrap, 6 weeks old.
I think this picture shows something I haven’t mentioned before: with young or tiny twins, it is more than possible to wear them both on your front. There are videos on how to do this on YouTube. This looks like a pocket front cross carry – basically Zina has one twin per piece of fabric coming down over her shoulders,with the pocket pulled up over both. This means each baby has two layers of fabric over them, rather than the three a singleton in this carry would have over him/her.
As seen in the close up below, each baby still is in a good position – open airway (not slumped) and access to plenty of fresh air (no fabric over their faces).
I think it’s lovely to show a mama wearing both her babies so young – in addition to the benefits of being close to their mum (which are many), mums like Zina can do other things while loving on their babies – like stepping outside for some fresh air & sunshine.
When twinnies are young, it can be hard to babywear – particularly if you are breastfeeding. They need to eat very often, times two (or three, or…!). A simple carry like this in a stretchy wrap can be done quite quickly, with minimum fuss.
Ok…more of Zina and her mad skillz…
Here the boys are four months old – in this clever mirror shot, you can see that the baby in front is in a FWCC (front wrap cross carry) in a Neobulle Simon 4.6. Mr. Baby-on-the-back is in a Beco Butterfly.
Zooming forward in time:
Here the boys are 6 months old. She is using a tulikowo mei tai on the front, and a Didymos Goldfish 4 in a ruck carry on the back.
And zooming forward a little further:
This is a Didymos Deep Sea Fish 7, in a ruck/front cross carry. The boys are 9 months here.
I’m a big fan of wraps, and this looks like a great carry. I’ve not actually tried it yet, but these pictures are inspiring me!
And big sister wanting to get in on the action:
I think Zina shows that the way you babywear will evolve through time. I know on a day-to-day basis I choose different ways to babywear!
Doesn’t she make twin babywearing look beautiful??