If you're not familiar with tandem carrying, the definition is simple. It's when you wear both your babies at once in their carriers, slings, or wraps.
It may sound intimidating, but there are an abundance of benefits for both you and your babies. Let's take a look at some of the things you'll love about tandem babywearing.
1. People Will Think You're a Rock Star
If you like to give off the impression that you're capable of anything, tandem babywearing will do it. Not only will people wonder how you're pulling that off, but you'll feel like you're an unstoppable Mom force to be reckoned with.
The big secret about tandem wearing is that while it may look difficult, it's actually quite easy once you get the hang of it. So be prepared to get some stares of amazement when people see you headed their way.
2. Your Hands Are Your Own Again
The hardest thing about being a mom, besides the sleep deprivation, is always wishing you had extra hands. Whether you're struggling to pull out some cash from your purse at the grocery store, or you need to check the occasional email from the office, tandem wearing gives you your hands back.
That can be a lifesaver when you have two kids to deal with who both need your attention.
3. You'll Be Fitter
You'll be carting around a lot of weight with you. With two babies strapped on, you'll be getting some great weight-bearing exercise.
You'll be working your body much harder than you would if you were walking without carrying either one. But it doesn't feel as hard as carrying them both in your arms does. You won't have those sore, achy arms that moms often get.
If you wear one in the back and one in the front, the weight is distributed in such a way that it doesn't feel overwhelming, even as you get a good workout.
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4. The Extra Snuggles
If you crave closeness with your babies, this is a much better option than pushing them around in a stroller. You'll get skin time or snuggles with your baby, instead of having them at arm's length. That can give both of you the closeness you want and can lead to a tighter bond between the two of you.
5. Your Older Child Won't Feel Left Out
Even when your older child is excited about having a younger sibling, it can be easy for that excitement to give way to partial jealousy. They're used to having your undivided attention and all the hugs, snuggles, and carrying time. Suddenly, you're going to be spending more time with your baby for their basic care.
That can leave you with an upset toddler or baby. Tandem wearing gives them the chance to still get their quality time with you too, plus it can be more fun knowing their younger sibling is just over your shoulder.
6. It Helps With Space Invaders
We don't mean the alien kind, but the strangers who think it's perfectly acceptable to walk up to your babies and touch them.
Sometimes people touch their hands or fingers, which can drive germ-conscious mothers absolutely crazy. Other times, people feel it's okay to reach into a stroller or car seat and touch a baby's face. You don't know where their hands have been, and you definitely don't want them on your child.
Tandem wearing tends to help that situation. You have both babies close to your body so people feel less prone to invading your baby's space. Adults seem to have more boundaries with other adults than they do with babies. Just by keeping your baby nestled against you, you'll cut down on how often strangers feel the need to touch your babies.
Give It a Try
Tandem wearing isn't as difficult as it seems at first glance. With a little practice, a comfortable carrier, and some great tips, you'll have it down in no time flat.
Want to learn more about tandem carrying with twins? Check out our post!
Babywearing has a learning curve, but you may find it rewarding once you get the hang of it. Many moms can't imagine not doing it because they find it so convenient and beneficial.
Have fun with it, and remember to enjoy these moments while they last!
About the Author:
Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, an editor for the popular parenting blog Mom Loves Best, and a huge advocate of babywearing because of the benefits and convenience it offers for both parents and their babies.