Tandem Babywearing in Action Baby Carriers

Some places are impossible to bring a stroller, but what do you do if a stroller isn’t an option and you have more than one child? Tandem wear of course! My first and second children are less than two years apart, and I wore them both every day for the first year as a mom of two. I tried many combinations of carriers, but found the fastest and most comfortable to be two ABCs. Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Put the baby on first and in the front, with the straps crossed. I put the hood up for more neck support and buckle at my natural waist. Tips for front carrying are here.
  2. Buckle the second carrier below the first.
  3. Buckle the shoulder straps for the second carrier.
  4. Carefully get the second child on your back, I minimized bouncing for the front baby as much as possible by putting the second child on the couch or having them stand. Another option is to hip scoot. Check out our back carry video here.
  5. Bring the straps up over shoulders, and make sure to pull the carrier up over baby’s back.
  6. Buckle the chest strap.
  7. Explore!

I refuse to push an empty stroller, so I always throw an extra carrier in my bag and if one of the big kids gets to tired or needs some calm down time up they go. We get to stay out for longer, can visit places strollers can’t go, and I get a little extra exercise. When you have more than one kids, chances are there will be times when they all need you at once.  As if we needed another reason to babywear!

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