How to Get Newborn Twins Onto the Same Sleep Schedule in 7 Tips
Getting your newborn twins onto the same sleep schedule is a difficult task but it can be made a whole lot easier with these seven tips!
The Struggle of Newborn Twins
When newborn twins enter the picture, sleep deprivation is inevitable. It's difficult to get them on the same schedule and you may feel like you're running in circles.
This is one of the things we learn early on as twin moms. I remember reading everywhere before having my own twins just how hard and important it is to get newborn twins to sleep at the same time. So with that, I knew that it was something I needed to work on from day one.
It is hard to get newborn twins onto the same sleep schedule because even though they developed and were born at the same time, they are entirely different beings and from the start might be hungry at different times or soil their diapers at different times. But there is hope!
Here are seven tips for getting newborn twins onto the same sleep schedule.
How to Get Newborn Twins Onto the Same Sleep Schedule
Tip #1: If one wakes, you wake the other. Every. Single. Time.
When it comes to getting newborn twins onto the same schedule, it is important to begin waking both when one wakes up. It is more likely that then if you feed them at the same time and put them down again at the same time that they will end up waking near the same time again.
Tip #2: Feed newborn twins at the same time every day.
This will help newborn twins establish a routine and know when they can expect their next meal. It might be tough in the beginning as newborn twins tend to feed on demand, but try to stick to a schedule as closely as possible.
Tip #3: Keep newborn twins on the same sleep schedule during the day
That means naps at the same time, friends! Even if one baby doesn't go to sleep, keep trying. If you want them to sleep at the same time come nighttime, you've got to try and keep them on the same schedule during the day.
Tip #4: Have them seep in the same room
I know you might be nervous about them waking one another up, but that isn't likely and even if they do, you want them up at the same time anyway! Your twins were together in your belly for a very long time and it's best to continue to keep them in the same room. Plus, it'll make things easier on you with only having to go into one room!
Set up both cribs next to each other when they're young so it's easier to feed them at night without getting out of bed or disturbing their slumber.
Tip #5: Establish a routine
One of the best things you can do for newborn twins is establish a routine. This will help them know what to expect and when. It may take some time for them to get used to it but eventually they'll catch onto what happens during the bedtime routine and start to get sleepy!
Tip #6: Make sure they're comfortable
This is true whether you have one baby or multiples. If you want them to sleep longer stretches of time, keep them comfortable inside of soft zippered sleepers. The zippers will help you quickly change one if they wake up with a dirty diaper so that you can get them back to sleep without hopefully waking the other twin. You'll come to find that with twins, anything zippered is the way to go. Zippers are fast. Buttons? We don't know her.
Tip #7: Be consistent
As hard as it is, try your best to be consistent with waking, feeding, and changing your twins at the same time. It'll help so much in the long run, especially if you decide to sleep train later on. It'll also be very helpful for you so that you can better plan your life around their set schedule.
I hope these tips help you get your own newborn twins onto the same sleep schedule!
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