Since the birth of our twins and the beginning of my tandem days, I have lamented the lack of a child carrier that could accommodate two kids. Given the growing number of multiple births in the United States (more than 132,000 twin births in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control), I was surprised no major manufacturer had, as yet, designed such a tool, until by random happenstance found the TwinGO carrier.
An answer to my personal child-carrying dreams, the TwinGO is designed to tandem-carry two children, and can be separated into two single, soft carriers for those times when I split carrying duties with my wife, Kendra, or take only one child on an outing.
I tested the TwinGo on multiple occasions with my 19-month-old twins as we snowshoed this winter, and found a number of positive attributes.
Ease of Use: Here are the basics: One child fits on a parent’s back the same way as most other soft-carriers, and can be “loaded” solo. This is important – we don’t always have a second person to help adjust kids in carriers. A second child goes in front via two buckles that snap onto the pack’s shoulder straps. That’s it. No layers of shoulder straps or waist belts, and no wiggling while trying to adjust the two sections. Simple.
Note: Having said this, ease of use, as with any baby/childwearing product, comes with practice. I made the mistake of not watching the instruction video or reading directions before my first time wearing the carrier, and I had a hard time figuring out how to make the waist belt tighter (fold in the cloth padding if need be). Take time to learn how to use the carrier properly; it will save potential shoulder discomfort!
Comfort: Once I got the hang of properly adjusting the carrier, I realized just how comfortable it is – for the kids and me. They snuggled right into my body, and two hoods provided excellent coverage when they fell asleep.Storage Space: Unlike other soft carriers, the TwinGo has ample storage space in which to carry essentials. Wipes, diapers, food, boxed drinks, and more fit inside two spacious pockets. The front pocket is particularly accessible, and I used it to store snacks, an inhaler, cell phone, camera and sunglasses. Even better, the carriers tuck into their own storage sacks to minimize space requirements in the car or at home.
Versatility: Since the TwinGO can break down into a second soft-carrier, the value of this product lies in its obvious investment potential of one piece of equipment for two children. It’s also very adjustable, meaning my wife and I can both use it despite our differences in height, and it works for any combination of our three kids. The weight limit for the carrier is 70lbs (up to 40lbs for each side), so in addition to carrying the twins, I can put our four-year-old on my back, and carry one of the twins in front.
Price: At $199, the TwinGo carrier costs less than purchasing two single soft-carriers.
The only drawback – I didn’t discover the TwinGO soon enough! It’s not surprising the product rocks, either, as it was developed by Krystal Workman, herself a mother to twins. I admire her initiative – instead of complaining about the lack of a twin carrier on the market, she went out and made one.
Editor’s note: Are you a family with multiples, or children close enough in age to find a carrier like the TwinGO to be helpful? The company has graciously offered to give away a TwinGO for Outdoor Families Magazine readers. Join us on Twitter for the weekly #OutFam chat on Wednesday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific to talk babywearing; we’ll be giving away a TwinGO carrier at the conclusion of the chat! ~EK
Disclosure statement: Jennifer Bauer was provided a TwinGO carrier for the purposes of reviewing the product for Outdoor Families Magazine.
Jen Bauer and her wife Kendra are raising their three young children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. On her blog Adventurous Moms, Jen writes about their travels, outdoor adventures and life as gay moms. Jen’s writing has also been featured on theBump, National Park Foundation, Travel Mamas, BonBon Break, FamiliesGO!, VillageQ and Equallyfamily.