Twin sleeping schedules can definitely be an agonizing subject
frequently during the first year with twins. Much like feeding
most parents will try to enforce some kind of routine. Also, much like
feeding schedules, this may not always work!
To save your sanity and get some rest yourself, try to put into practice a sound sleep routine as soon as your twins are born. This generally works well following a feeding and/or play time for naps and a feeding and/or bath for bed time. Many parents will consider letting their babies co-sleep during the early months which often seems to help. You will have to be dedicated to keeping the routine if you want it to be successful, but it will be well worth it.
Most children fall into a steady routine without too much difficulty. But, each child is different, and you are managing TWO! So there will obviously be some challenges. It goes without saying that parents and caregivers will have to implement the techniques that work for them and the twins they care for.
Generally, the more you are able to keep twins on the same eating
sleeping program, the easier it will become.
There will always be good days and bad days when it comes to sleeping
Sometimes one will fall asleep only to find that the other is just
waking up and vice versa. Just remember, this stage won't last forever.
And yes, your twins will
eventually sleep through an entire night!
Be sure to take a look at our helpful Twin Crib Guide for ideas on twin sleeping arrangements!
"Having my twins in the NICU for a month was grueling. But boy, those nurses got them on great sleep schedules that continued even when we brought them home...What a help!"
"My twins actually went to sleep much easier than my singleton ever did. I think it was the comfort of being together in the same room that helped."
"I always found that my twins fell asleep a lot better after some type of physical activity - like time on their tummies or even a stroller ride around the neighborhood."
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