Gorgeous guest stars: Zina!

March 4, 2010 at 10:11 am 9 comments

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??


Entry filed under: Asian/SSC, babywearing, guest stars, tandem babywearing, twin babywearing, wraps.

Look, Ma, no hands! Twins in pocket front cross carry.

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gliding through motherhood  |  March 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    When I was pregnant I saw a woman at the hospital with twins both being carried on the front but I didn’t manage to figure it out and you’re right, when you’re breastfeeding twins, there isn’t much time for anything else at the beginning.
    But wow, gorgeous photos! They make me want to go out and do it more too 🙂

  • 2. Marybeth  |  March 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    That was so lovely!!!!! Beautiful babies, inspiring post.

  • 3. Jean  |  March 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I would LOVE a photo or video tutorial of the one wrap carrying two older babies front/back. PLEASE???

    • 4. existere  |  March 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      Heard and noted!!!

  • 5. Claire  |  March 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    That’s awesome! Now I feel silly that I can’t figure out how to carry one 11 month old on my back, yet she can do even smaller babies on front and back simultaneously!

    • 6. existere  |  March 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm

      The idea is that videos will be posted of tandem and solo carries, so mebbe that will help you? What sort of sling are you using?

    • 7. pamela  |  March 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      my favorite for back-wearing is a podegi. like a mei tai, but only one strap so you can put baby and the carrier on at the same time without having to set baby down.

  • 8. pamela  |  March 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I’m not a twin mama, but I’ve been wearing my 3.5 yo and 11 mo for, well, 11 months now. I love seeing all these twins snuggled so close to mama and each other. Awesome!

  • 9. Christy  |  March 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    What lovely pictures and great babywearing!! Very inspiring.


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