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Using Twin Baby Carriers & Twin Slings Safely
Many mums and dads of multiples love the opportunity of having their twin babies in a special twin baby carrier or twin sling, not least because it makes them feel close by at all times and you can keep a careful watch on your infants. As an added bonus. it also means your hands are free, so you can continue doing your daily tasks.

Most babies like carriers and slings too. as they have constant close contact with their parents and it can be very comforting. But in order for carriers and slings to be successful. you do need to take note of safety issues and ensure you use them properly.

Twin Carriers Versus Twin Slings
Slings are constructed from a wide piece of fabric that is worn across the torso and supported by a single shoulder strap. Women who are breastfeeding often use slings, as it's nice and loose and allows easy and discrete feeding. However. slings can be bulky and a bit cumbersome and having support on only one shoulder may make carrying heavier babies difficult. Sling safety points:
  • It is sometimes difficult to tie soft slings properly.
  • You need to be aware that there is usually no harness inside the sling. This means it is essential that you support your baby with your hands when you're bending down.
  • Although slings can be used for twins. the room is restricted and are probably only suited to newborns and parents confident to carry two at a time !
Using Twin Baby Carriers and Twins Slings Safely
  • Each time you put the carrier or - and before your baby goes in - make sure all the fastenings and straps are secure. Give them a quick tug and if anything feels loose. don't proceed with using the carrier.
  • Make any adjustments to the straps before you put your babies in.
  • Ensure you tie the sling properly. so that it's fully secure.
  • Wear shoes that are comfy and flat. and that you're unlikely to slip or fall in.
  • Be careful when leaning forward or bending.
  • Be aware that your babies movements may affect your balance.
Backpack Carriers
Here are some tips on using backpack carriers:
  • For safety reasons. it is recommended that you have help putting on and taking off a back carrier.
  • Ensure a back carrier fits correctly and is adjusted to fit both you and your baby. You may have to re-adjust fittings depending on what clothes your baby is wearing. or as she grows bigger.
  • Some back carriers come with a hood or canopy. and these are useful if it rains or gets too hot. as your infants head will be sheltered.
  • For older or heavier children. or if you're using it whilst walking. look out for a model that has a waist strap. This will help balance out their weight.
  • A back carrier with an adjustable inside seat and harness is good for your baby.
  • Do not use the carrier as a child seat.
Remember that your baby's head may be higher than yours - take care when walking through doors or going under overhanging trees.

Twin Babies love to be carried !
During pregnancy. the babies experience closeness to its mother through her heartbeat. motion and voice. After birth. the babies thrive through close physical contact. Giving your children this physical closeness as often as you can will contribute to happy and healthy development.

Scientific research proves that children carried frequently are not only more content and cry less but carrying also:
  • Supports the bonding between parent and child(ren).
  • Promotes the development of personality and self-confidence.
  • Supports the development of linguistic abilities and motor skills.
The Weego Twin Baby Carrier make this closeness possible giving the babies the space to discover the world and leaving parents hands free to explore with them ! Of course. there are some situations when it& ;is unsafe to use a baby carrier or sling.
These include:
  • When you are cooking
  • When you are drinking or carrying hot beverages.
  • When you are driving.
  • When you are standing on stools or climbing ladders.
  • When you are using sharp knives.
  • When you are jogging. skating or riding a bike.
  • When you are reaching for overhead items that could fall and hit your baby
Baby carriers come in a variety of styles and designs. with some models better than others. and slings are made of various different materials. When you are choosing a carrier or sling. it is important to consider safety aspects.
  • Choose a carrier that will hold and support your baby securely and is the right size for him. You do not want something that is too big. where he could run the risk of falling out. The WEEGO Twin Infant Carrier is adjustable as your twins grow and also fully adjustable for the parents too to ensure a good fit.
  • Look for a carrier that has wide padded shoulder straps and ensure all straps are adjustable.
  • Some carriers have an extra padded waist or hip belt. These can help distribute your babys weight better and reduce the strain on your shoulders.
  • Ensure that the harness. straps. buckles. snaps and belts all seem durable and hardwearing.
  • Look for a sling that is made of soft. warm and breathable cotton.
  • Slings need a generous amount of fabric. but ensure it is not too big - otherwise your infant(s) could get lost in all the extra fabric.
  • Check that the leg holes on carriers have elastic or padded fabric to support your babys legs.
  • Ensure a carrier has a headrest. to support your baby's head and neck.
  • Try on slings and carriers. They need to be easy to get on and off. With a carrier. having one that requires two adults to get it on and off might not be practical for your needs. The Weego Twin Carrier can be used with one person fitting the babies whilst wearing the carrier.
  • Decide whether a front facing or back facing carrier is best for your needs. The Weego Twin Baby Carrier is recommended as a& ;back facing carrier (ie babies face towards the parents chest) but it can be used as a front facing carrier with care.
  • Look for models that are easy to clean. The Weego Twin carrier is washable and also can be tumble dried.
Baby carriers - single and twin baby carriers can be used for around nine months or until your babies have learnt to sit up or are too heavy for you to carry like this any more. For newborn babies. front carriers are very popular and. for older babies. there are models that face outwards. The carriers consist of two shoulder straps. which support a deep fabric seat and there is a padded headrest. It's nice and cosy for your baby and ensures he is always close to you. As an added bonus. carriers have safety restraints. so there's a bit more reassurance over the safety of your baby.

Carrier safety points:
  • It can take a while to master the art of getting your baby in and out of the carrier.
  • You may find carriers more suited to younger babies. as some older infants may resist going in one.
  • There are a limited number of baby carriers that ar suitable for twins (or triplets and quads) on the market. one of which being the WEEGO Twin Baby Carrier which is an excellent lightweight carrier for twin babies and infants and has the added bonus of being able to be used for premature babies.
Another type of carrier is the backpack which. quite literally. is carried on your back. These are only suitable for use with babies over the age of six months old. or until an infant is able to sit up on their own and support their neck properly. Back carriers usually have a frame and are a more sturdy way of carrying a baby for a longer time. They're particularly good. for example. if you're going out for a long walk and want to carry your baby with you.

You have bought your twin carrier or sling and are keen to start using it. but before you let your babies loose in it. practice first. If you have never used a carrier before. it can take quite a bit of getting used to. You may feel silly. but put the carrier on and try putting in a doll. teddy or even a cushion.

A sling can take a bit of getting used to as well. Most importantly. you need to learn to tie it up and get it fully secured. It needs to be positioned so that it supports your babys head. neck and back and it should not be held to closely to your chest. Once you have mastered the basics of putting on a carrier or sling. you can progress to trying it out with your babies. To use it safely: Always follow the manufacturers instructions.

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