Develop a schedule. It’s important to have a sleep schedule for one baby —- This is especially true for two babies. Mom and Dad need some peace and quiet, so it’s best to put babies to bed at the same time each night. When one baby wakes up, wake up the other one too (this is one of those times when it’s good to wake up a sleeping baby!) . This will eventually get them into the same eating, changing and sleeping schedule.
Create a bedtime routine. Babies need consistency in their development, so develop a bedtime routine that works best for you and your baby. Bathing, reading and sleeping seem to work for most small children. It’s a great time to be close with your twins, so make it stress-free and enjoyable for all of you.
Consider shared bedding. This is when you put two babies in the same crib. Because these two have spent so much time together in the womb, many twins find this practice comfortable. But it’s a habit you may want to keep until the kids are about three months old or so; that’s when they’ll start moving around more and may bump into each other or wake each other up).
Keep them in the same room. After you’ve put them in separate cribs, put them in the same room and make sure they can see each other. This is calming and soothing for both of them.
Put them down drowsily, but stay awake. You should not encourage any sleep crutches —- especially with twins. Rocking or feeding an infant to sleep may seem harmless, but if your child is too used to it, they will need it every time they wake up in the middle of the night (which may be a lot if they are twins). Our goal is to teach them how to sleep on their own.
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