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7 Sleep Tips for Twins

Getting Twins to Sleep

You have heard it a million times twins mean double the amount of trouble and double the amount of fun. It is hard to remember the fun part when you're struggling to get your crying twins to go to sleep and stay that way. Here's a few tips to help with your 'twinfants'...

Tip 1. Put your twins to sleep at the same time
Keeping your toddlers on the same sleep schedule is the key to developing a healthy sleep pattern and giving you some hope of time off. If your twins nap or go to bed at different times. one or both of them may be awake at any given time leaving you feeling exhausted and helpless.

Tip 2. Establish a calming bedtime routine
A quiet. calming routine at bedtime such as a warm bath. a bedtime story. and a few minutes of cuddling. back rubbing. and quiet talk will help you prepare your twins for sleep. If you stick to a consistent bedtime routine. your toddlers will soon learn the signal that it's time to settle down.

Tip 3. Put your little ones to bed drowsy. but not asleep
Help your babies learn to fall asleep on their own by letting them drift off once they're in bed. rather than just before you put them down to sleep.

Tip 4. Tend to your calm twin first
If one is a screamer and the other is calmer. you may be tempted to tend to your wailing toddler first. Before you focus on the screamer. make sure your quiet one is happy and settled. Don't worry about one twin waking up the other: Most twins don't seem bothered by their sibling's crying. even when they're in the same room.

Tip 5. Discourage night-time waking
You can do this by keeping your twins as calm and quiet at night as possible. Keep their room dimly lit. and don't play or talk to them during the night more than necessary. You can encourage self-soothing by giving them a special soft toy or blanket to sleep with. These "transitional objects" are comforting and can help them go back to sleep.

Tip 6. Try Separate Rooms
When your twins get older. they're more likely to spend bedtime and naptimes talking and playing rather than getting their needed shut-eye. Some parents find that giving each twin his or her own room stops the night-time antics and gives everyone some much-needed rest.

Tip 7. Avoid Punishment
When your twins get older. they're more likely to spend bedtime and nap times talking and playing rather than getting their needed shut-eye. Some parents find that giving each twin his or her own room stops the night-time antics and gives everyone some much-needed rest.

Some Suggestions for Twin Toddlers

As children grow older, their sleep patterns change into more individual rhythms. You might find that each child now has slightly different sleeping needs. Some suggestions on settling your toddlers include:

  • Encourage each child to have his or her own special bedtime toy.
  • If they're being naughty, try not to threaten them with an early bedtime or else they will feel badly about going to bed.
  • Similarly, don't punish them by sending them to their bedroom.
  • Try not to let them nap past mid-afternoon.
  • Don't read overly exciting or scary bedtime stories.
  • Limit their television in the evening.
Looking for more information? Why not read through out twins tips on the challenges and solutions for The First Year with Twins & Multiples


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