Reviewed by: Amelia
Price (MSRP): $214.99+
Best Use: Multi-use
Where to Buy: Amazon
Testing Location: Yellowstone National Park
Testing Environment: All conditions
**This post was updated in April 2016 to include their newest accessories which we highly recommend!**
More often than not when we are hiking especially, I end up carrying more than one kiddo. It’s a bit of an issue if we are far down the trail, but we usually manage to fudge something and make it work. For selfish reasons, I would rather hike longer and have to carry them on them my back than not get very far down the trail (even though we often compromise, of course).
I was super excited to discover TwinGo – a way to carry more than one kid at a time without the extra bulk of layered carriers. While I do not have twins, it can still be used for kids of differing sizes and ages.
NOTE: This review is for the older model. The TwinGo has been updated for 2016 to include the following features (wording taken directly from their site):
1. Perfect Fit Adjusters are the most exciting enhancement, which allows the parent to adjust the shoulder straps and panel to achieve a truly customized fit. This is particularly useful for adults carrying small babies and/or petite parents. It also allows any size parent to carry their child a little higher on their back so they can see their baby.
2. We increased the waistbelt size to extend to 55″ (old was 50″)
3. We retested the carrier to hold up to 45lbs in single-child mode (old 40lbs)
4. We upgraded to softer fabric (It was already soft but feels so much nicer!)
5. Upgraded the manual to be even more user-friendly
6. Added and tested a new carry position: Hip carry for the Attachment Carrier only.
First the quick run-down:
– The carrier works as two separate carriers or together as one carrier.
– The max combined weight limit is 70 pounds, but each carrier can hold up to 40 pounds.
– Each carrier folds up into its own pocket, which makes it handy for travel
– Both carriers are ergonomic and color-coded for ease of use
Who it’s for:
– Parents who have twins or babies close together (see my friend below who has “Irish Twins”)
– Parents who want to carry two kids at once (that are in the 10 – 40 pound range). Note: you can carry babies starting at 7 pounds with use of the Newborn Infant Insert Attachment.
– Babies aged 4+ months who can sit on their own (for use WITH the Newborn Infant Insert only)…or babies 10+ lbs. up to toddlers. This is not necessarily a carrier you will use with a preschooler…but is great for use up to about age 3.5 or 4 (in my opinion)
How it works:
The base carrier is simply like many other soft structured carriers and can be used like any other carrier. The attachment carrier has the option to remove the shoulder straps OR keep them on and it just like the base carrier. To wear them together, you are actually attaching both waist bands around your own waist (like a circle), putting the child on your back, then putting the second (smaller) child on your front and clipping the attachment carrier to the base carrier. Sounds a bit complicated, but it’s actually very simple and easy to figure out.
If I predict I will eventually be carrying two kiddos, I will set it up for two at the beginning and let the attachment carrier hang until kid #2 needs a ride. Often when I am hiking, my 4 year old will occasionally need a break and so I’ll just throw him on the front for short periods of time. Note: as mentioned above, it is recommended that the larger child goes on the back for the sake of your own body, but I know my core is strong, so I haven’t had any issues. This is not ideal for longer wearing times, just quick on and off periods.
While it looks impressive, carrying both kids (in my case a combined weight of ~50 pounds) is really do-able. And it’s a great core workout. But, I don’t do it because I want to look like Super-Mom, of course. I often just NEED a way to carry two kids at a time (and it sure beats spending large amounts of time dealing with whiney kids on the trail!)
Extend the Life of your TwinGo with Accessories **Update to review – April 2016**
The photo below was taken in April 2016 with my two year old and 7 week old. While I don’t have twins, I use this carrier ALL the time for my girls because they are both young enough to want to be carried often.
I love all of these accessories and keep them with me at all times so I can use the when I need to! The pocket in the TwinGo carriers is perfect for this. I HATE doing videos of myself (especially when I had a baby 7 weeks ago), but did one just for you all so you could see exactly how these are used.
1. Newborn Infant Insert Attachment $11.99
This boosts Baby up so they are kissable close and their whole body is supported. While you could do the same thing with a small blanket rolled up, I like how this tucks into the waist band and therefore doesn’t move around. Again, I just store it in the pocket of the TwinGo when not in use so I don’t lose it.
2. Panel Extender $19.99
Gives the back panel of the carrier an extra few inches (which really makes a big difference for taller kids) and/or helps support Baby’s head with use of the Newborn Infant Insert. See second video below as to how they connect. Again, super helpful for adding a few inches to the back panel as kids get bigger AND for head support for infants.
3. Mei Tai Straps $24.99
If you like the comfort of mei tai straps, these are really great. They attach to the attachment carrier and just add versatility to the carrier. Crossed straps are super comfortable for front carries and my favorite reason for wearing them. Note: You can cross the regular straps also (see video demonstration here)…but it’s just easier with the Mei Tai straps.
I love it particularly for the really young babies because you can get a really custom and snug fit. **Note: these straps are to convert the carrier into a single…you could not carry both children together with using the straps**
What I love:
– It’s really very comfortable wearing two kids. The fact that there is no overlap of the shoulder straps makes a big difference (opposed to wearing two carriers that overlap). I love that I can wear my infant AND my toddler too with the infant insert.
– The buckles are very strong and sturdy
– Both carriers have large pockets (because you obviously won’t be carrying a backpack too!) that the carriers fold up into when not in use
– While it is not cheap necessarily, it’s cheaper than two separate carriers (and works better together for two!)
– Removable large sleeping hoods
– Waist belt has a large range (27-60″ for interlocking and 20-50″ for carrier on its own). This means wearing a kiddo while pregnant – see photo below – (though probably not two) is totally doable.
What I am not so crazy about:
– The BIGGEST issue I have with this carrier is not actually an issue with the carrier itself, but with my own needs. I wish there were a way to keep the child on the FRONT and easily remove and put back on the child on the back. While this is really made for kids that are twins or close to it, I sometimes just need to give my heavier kid a ride for a bit! As mentioned above, this is why he often rides on the front (knowing that my back and core are strong).
– The panel extenders really are a must for kids 18+ months (depending on the size of the child, of course). Personally, I get nervous when the backs aren’t super high – it’s just my personal preference. There is no question in my mind that the TwinGo is SAFE…I just like the kiddos snuggled in closer to me with less wiggle room.
Be sure to check out their very informative site, especially their FAQ section!
The Bottom Line:
A great carrier for tandem-wearing, especially for kids who are younger than 4. I am very excited about the new accessories and think that they are game-changers because of the way they extend the use of the carrier.
A must-have for parents of twins or “Irish twins” and the perfect way to get out with babies (and be comfortable too!)
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