My sister is pregnant with her first baby and I am so excited for her. As the little sister who had twins a few years ago she informed me that it was my job to tell her all the ‘baby things’ she is going to need.
We went to a local baby store to register her for all of this ‘stuff’. Top of the list was a Baby Bjorn carrier. It is one of those baby items that I an recommend without question.
New baby gear comes along all the time but the Baby Bjorn carrier has not been improved upon by any other product in my opinion.
Aside from just day to day use, my Baby Bjorn carriers were invaluable for travel. My carriers were used for getting us from the car into the airport, around the airport before our flight and were very helpful in navigating the narrow aisles of a plane with a baby and a carry on bag.
There are few ‘classics’ that I would recommend, but this is one of them!
I was picking up my 4 year old Twins from preschool yesterday afternoon and wondered why I was sweating trying to get coats, boots and hats on both of them. I looked around and realized that every other mom there was picking up just one child- and I was picking up two. I think sometimes I forget that with Twins there is two of everything and often twice as many things to remember (like running shoes for BOTH of them each day of preschool).
Travelling with twins often reminds me that we our family is a bit ‘different’ or at least has some different needs. I couldn’t fly with the twins by myself until they were two. My husband and I couldn’t sit in the same row on the place with them when they were babies. You can’t wear two Baby Bjorn carriers at the same time (although I serisously considered getting one of those double soft carriers for multiples).
In our travels we have found some neat products that have helped us get around more efficiently. One of our first investments was a stroller connector for our lightweight strollers http://www.princelionheart.com/site/t_str_6550.html. They were pretty easy to attach when one of us needed to push both kids and detach when we each wanted to take a single stroller.
I saw an awesome video yesterday that made me think things are looking up for traveling with twins. Check out gogobaby’z latest product http://www.gogobabyz.com/product-i14475-c23-Infant_Cruizer_Twins_Adapter_.aspx.
Their infant cruisers allow you to clip your infant car seat onto a base and wheel it wherever you want to go. Go two infant car seats- they now sell an adapter so you can attach the two infant cruisers together and drive them as one!
I should have taken an international flight when my twins were little…well if for no other reason than to enjoy the use of the Airline’s baby bassinets.
I’ve been hearing more and more about babies who have slept almost the entire long haul flight tucked in a cozy bassinet.
Some airlines provide baby bassinets that clip on to the wall in front of your seat. Most in flight bassinets have pretty specific age/weight restrictions (thank goodness) but are designed for infants who like to sleep a lot anyways!
Here are just a few of the airlines that offer Bassinets for weary world travellers (the babies, not mom and dad):
Gulf Air www.gulfair.com
Korean Air www.koreanair.com
Singapore Air www.singapoireair.com
Eva Air www.evaair.com
Air New Zealand www.airnewzealand.com
Cathay Pacific www.cathaypacific.com