Why We Love It:
The MiniMonkey Twin Carrier is the new kid on the block when it comes to Twin Carriers, released in November 2017, and available for sale in the UK since January 2018. We offer them for rental, retail and Try Before You Buy
This carrier supports ergonomic positioning. It can be suitable from newborn all the way up to 12kg each! This means it has longevity as it grows with your children. The Minimonkey TWIN is a ‘hip-healthy product’, certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
The MiniMonkey TWIN was designed to mimic the positioning of a woven wrap without the need to learn all of the tightening and tying techniques that come with woven wrapping. The padded waistband eases some of the weight away from your shoulders, and the straps at your back can be tightened to ensure that you can perfectly balance the weight of both children. It also features padded, but spreading, shoulder straps to prevent the straps from digging in, and to enable you to spread and cup your shoulder to reduce the likelihood of straps moving towards your neck.
The MiniMonkey TWIN’s two pockets attach to the waistband by two sections that goes between each baby’s legs, which prevents them from falling from the carrier, and these can be moved along the waistband from the central position suited to small
newborn babies out towards your hips to give growing babies more space. This security from falling is then paired with a fabric lip to bring baby’s knees up above their bottom, supporting them into the physiological position, often referred to as “M” shaped positioning, which supports optimal hip development, and is usually accompanied by the pelvic tilt that encourages the spine to curve towards the person carrying, allowing the fabric to smoothly support their back and bring their head to rest on your chest. The top section that supports the neck is softly padded and can be tightened to give the right amount of support to each child.
MiniMonkey Twin Carrier Tips and Tricks
Getting two babies into anything can be a chellenge, whether it is clean clothes, a car, or a specially designed twin sling, so here are our top tips for getting it right!
Set the pocket positioning correctly.
For newborn twins you want both to be on your front, high up with their heads on your chest. To achieve this you need to make sure that the part of the pocket that connects to the waistband is positioned relatively centrally, however as they get bigger, and can spread their legs wider you can move this out from the centre of the waistband, and it can be moved all the way out until each baby is in a hip carry position. This gives babies more space as they grow.
- Get the waistband in the right place.
With newborn and small baby twins the waistband should be nice and high on your body, and really pretty tight. Think about where you want their heads to end up. We want them on the flat part of your chest. The babies’ bottoms will sit at the height of the waistband, or a little lower to get that knees raised position, so consider the length of their torsos, and put the waistband that distance below the flat of your chest.As your babies get longer, you will move the waistband down, and will usually finally come to rest on your hips which means as they get heavier the weight will move away from you shoulders and your hips will bear much of their weight.
- Ask for help to correctly tighten the cross on your back the first time you use your MiniMonkey TWIN.
It can be tricky to tighten something behind you, however, once you have correctly tightened the cross at the back it shouldn’t need adjustment for each use until you change how you are positioning the pockets on the waistband, or the waistband height.The cross at the back draws your babies’s weight into you, you want it to be comfortably snug. If there is slack, the weight of the babies pulls away from you, which means your shoulders and back tend to ache as you pull backwards to correct for their weight not being securely held into your centre of gravity. This is also the main way to size the pouch, as excess pouch can be drawn around to your back.
Putting the Babies In
- Put baby in on your weaker side first
If you have an arm or side you find harder to manouvre a baby with, do that one first.
If you find it trickier to put a baby in your left hand side then do that one first, so when you are putting in the second twin, which is the trickiest bit, you are using your better side.
- Sit the baby, legs either side of the support, onto the gathered rope pass, don’t try to slide them into a pouch.
If you are familiar with ring sling use this may be familiar to you. If you gather the pocket down, and reach your hand that is not holding a baby, up through each side of the pocket in turn to guide each leg through, you will then be able to bring only the amount of the pocket up to make it the perfect height for each twin, rather than having too much fabric loose at the top with smaller babies.
- To finish securing gather the slack of the pouch and tuck under the centre of the carrier, and secure the neck support buckle. This gives you a little more adjustment over the pouch.
- Use the wrap style shoulder straps to cup your shoulders to move weight away from your neck and to prevent the straps from creeping towards your neck.
Assess for safety and comfort
- Are the babies at a good height away from loose clothing or your breasts that might cause a smothering risk?
- If the babies are too low, position the waistband higher, retighten the back cross and try again higher up on your body.
- Are they slumping or is their chin collapsing towards their chest?
- Slumping is a safety risk as it can compromise their airways. Use the adjustment at the back to get the carrier tighter, and if it is not possible to tighten it enough to avoid slumping with your babies at present wait until they are a little bigger before trying it again.
- Is the sling supporting their weight and you feel able to let go of them, you are not holding them into you with your hands?
- Do you feel able to stand comfortably in your natural standing position without shoulder, or back pain?
- Discomfort in the shoulders and back are also often caused by the carrier not being tight enough, as is feeling you need to hold them into your body with your hands. This bit may need a bit of trial and error and help from someone who can do your fine adjustments to the back cross, but once it is comfy, you shouldn’t need to loosen it between uses.
- Do your babies seem happy and comfortable?
With these Tips and Tricks you have a great chance of getting you and your twins comfy in the MiniMonkey TWIN carrier, but if you are struggling, get in touch, we may be able to offer you advice by email, or you may find a telephone or Skype consult to troubleshoot your carrier helpful.
Here are some photos of real twin parents using the MiniMonkey TWIN carrier with their real twins. Thank you to the families of Twin Sling for their support and for allowing us to use their wonderful photos.