Babywearing International of Hampton Roads

Keeping caregivers and children close since 2013

Educator Training: Tandem Wearing

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This blog post is not a tutorial. Tandem wearing is an advanced skill. If you have any questions, please read our disclaimer and/or email an educator. 

So, our educators have definitely noticed the increase in tandem wearers in our area. We couldn’t be happier to have you guys join us but we thought you’d be interested to see all the work we put in to make sure we can help you as best as we possibly can.

On Wednesday, May 14th, our volunteers and educators got together to practice some really awesome (and some not so awesome) tandem carries. We thought it was a good idea to kind of walk a bit in a tandem momma’s shoes! We were kind of in for a surprise…

So first off, we started with ring slings. We had some good thoughts and bad thoughts. Overall, it wasn’t too bad or too uncomfortable but it was a lot of jumbling with rings, heads, and breasts. Finding the space for all three was a bit of a task! We agreed that a petite wearer would easily hate this carry and you’d have to be fairly skilled with a ring sling.

Most educators loved this carry. Jasmine’s hip carry. It was very comfortable but took a lot of preparation especially if you added two rings like I did in the photo. We also had to take a lot of time to make sure the shoulder passes were tightened evenly otherwise a couple of threads were cutting right into your shoulder. The carry without rings took less time but I suppose loading two infants is gonna take a bit of time anyways! The great thing about the rings though was that you could unload one infant at a time without disturbing the other. Again, lots of love for this carry and we did agree that if you were careful, you wouldn’t have to take the rings out every time.

Here’s where we were ready to take off tandem momma’s shoes. Jumbling two kids is not an easy task and we salute you twin mommas! This is a good time for me to mention (again) that tandem wearing is an advanced skill because of loading and unloading two children and that’s why we suggest making sure one child is entirely secure before working on another. You can see this in both of the photos above. The infant already in the Boba stretchy wrap was sitting in the cross pass and I had lifted the horizontal pass to secure the infant before I started putting my other baby in the wrap. Jade also secured her baby in before adding another which is very obvious as Eliza is leaning and clearly “hanging out” but is entirely secure.
 

We started experimenting with woven wrap carries. We tested out a classic ruck (double knotted under the bum) and then added a child in the tied tibetan passes.  We agreed it was very comfortable and having full arm movement was very nice unlike the hip carries. Definitely not ideal for kiddos who would like to be up and down as it did take a bit of work but would be great for a nice walk with a newborn and a tot on your back.
Overall, it was a great experience and we all learned a lot. We left the meeting feeling very confident and we can’t wait to serve you better at meetings and future events.

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