Tips for Sleep Training Twins
Have twins? Are you ready for them to start sleeping? If they're past the newborn stage and they aren't sleeping, it could be time to start sleep training!
Full disclosure: I don't have twins. But I've worked with parents to get their twins sleeping. So your twins can sleep well, too! I promise!
Sleep training 2 babies at once is more complicated than working with only 1 baby. So keep reading to learn the answers to common questions about sleep training twins.
1. Should you keep them in the same room or separate them?
There are pros and cons to both scenarios. Of course it's easier in general if they're in the same room. I'm sure they enjoy being close together, too.
But there's a flip side. They may wake each other up or prevent each other from falling asleep. For these reasons, it's best to move them into separate rooms if possible. To separate them, you will need the space and you will need 2 people involved so that one person cares for each twin.
If you have no choice but to keep them together, don't despair. You can still get your twins sleeping well if they're in the same room. It may take a little longer, that's all. But that's a small price to pay for the end result of having good sleepers.
For naps, I recommend separating them all the time, even once they start sleeping well.
2. What about the bedtime routine?
As for the bedtime routine, it will be a little longer with twins and that's ok. A bath is a great start to the bedtime routine. It's different than anything else that happens the rest of the day.
So it's a good signal for them that sleep is coming. But I'm sure it's a production to bathe twins every night! So you can just do a quick wash down instead of a full bath, too.
if you can feed both twins at the same time, then you're amazing! Go for it! If you feed them separately, that's just fine.
Example bedtime routine:
6:30pm bath/ wipe down
6:40 diaper change and pajamas
6: 50 breastfeed or bottle
7:30 put in crib awake
3. What should you expect?
Sometimes, one twin needs more sleep than the other. That's normal. For the longer sleeper, I suggest letting him/her sleep 30 minutes longer for naps and that's it. Then they can stay on the same schedule.
Also, one twin commonly has a harder time with sleep than the other. Usually it's the more spirited one. But sometimes it's the twin you're least expecting to who will struggle. That's ok-you're used to the unexpected!
4. What's the most important thing to remember?
You want to avoid your babies associating rocking, nursing, a bottle or other props with sleep. Props may cause them to need you during the night because they will need their prop to go back to sleep. For this reason, keeping them awake during the routine is key!
I hope I have given you the confidence to get your twins sleeping! Then you can get the sleep you need to have the energy to care for your twins.
If you have any questions or concerns about sleep training your twins, I'm here to help! Feel free to sign up for a free 15-minute call with me to talk about your twins' sleep. Best of luck!