There is just over two years between the big lady and the small lady (2 years 6 weeks to be precise!). Aoife was only walking about three or four months when we found about the second ladies imminent arrival. Thus ensued months of wondering what was the best way of transporting two small ladies. We had purchased a Quinny Buzz for Aoife which I absolutely adore and the hassle of selling that and buying another didn’t appeal to me. I toyed with the idea of a buggy board but really felt that it wasn’t something she was likely to stay on for long. Aoife was pretty good at walking places but there is a limit to a toddlers ability so I knew I needed something for carrying both babies for a certain amount of time and in as easy and comfortable a way as possible.
On a suggestion from a seasoned mother I purchased the Beco Gemini buckle carrier. There were two main reasons I picked this over a material sling – firstly, Cara was born in April so it was primarily during the Summer months I’d be using it (this carrier is suitable from birth) and I’ve heard the material wraps are very warm, and secondly, my husband was WAY more likely to use the buckle one over the material wraps.
And so the buckle carrier turned out to be literally the best thing we bought for baby number two for the following list of reasons:
- It was cheaper than investing in a double buggy (it cost me £60 although I can’t seem to find anything currently less than €118 here, or here and here for €139), which as it turned out would only have been used for a couple of months until Aoife became better at walking/refused to get in the ‘baby seat’.
- At the start is was brilliant for getting jobs done around the house and simultaneously settling/comforting Cara, for going outside to play with Aoife or for going to the park or the shops and having my hands free to play/control her without having to lug a buggy around.
- When I wanted to get a long walk in once I started feeling conscious of losing weight, and had recovered sufficiently from the section, I would put Aoife in the buggy and Cara in the sling and by golly I can tell you that was a fair workout.
- We have travelled over and back to England 6 times since Cara was born and not once did we bring a buggy, we used the sling and I cannot describe how much easier it is to travel like this.
The Becco Gemini carrier we used was suitable from birth with the baby facing inwards, then when her head control improved and she got inquisitive she started facing outwards. She is almost one now and I’ve just started using it to carry her on my back (albeit you could not do this without someone else’s help). If I’m on my own with the two now I use the buggy as Aoife is three now so can walk a good distance without getting tired and needing to be carried.
So there – I’m a babywearing addict, I’ve admitted it!
But honestly, if you are at that stage where you’ve got number two on the way and you’re considering a double buggy – think outside the box and keep this post in mind!