Contented Baby Sleep For Twins
Contented Baby Sleep For Twins
This video shows you how help create a contented sleep for both of your twins by setting up a routine and creating a comforting environment for your twins to sleep contently in, with tips from Child Sleep Specialist Andrea Grace.
Step 1: Feeding and bonding
In the first six weeks or so, the most important thing that you can do is to ensure your new babies
• Have enough to eat
• Are lovingly handled to create a warm bond between you
• Are kept safe and warm.
Often twins are born prematurely, and this can lead to slow and sleepy feeding. Accept as much help as you are offered and do not feel bad if you seem to be constantly feeding and holding your babies. This is an essential investment of your time and although it might not seem like it at the time; it will not last forever.
Try if you can, to feed both babies at the same time. If you are doing this alone, it takes quite a bit of practice, not to mention clever placing of pillows, especially if you are breastfeeding, but if you can achieve feeding both babies at the same time, it will avoid the seemingly endless round of feeds.
If feeding the babies together doesn't work for you, just feed the hungriest or strongest baby first. If you are breastfeeding this will get the milk flowing, making it easier for the other one. Even if the less hungry twin is not that keen to feed, he will soon get used to the schedule and in time will thrive on it.
Use this feeding time to get in tune into their totally individual personalities and to bond with each of them. Be patient………and also don't forget to feed yourself!
Step 2: Sleeping at the same time
From as early as six weeks old, you need to introduce a highly repetitive nap time and bed time routines. Use simple but clear sleep triggers such as songs, repeated phrases and a familiar sleep environment.
Allow your babies to experience the difference between night and day. This means allowing them some open air during the day. Provided that they are well protected from the weather, it will do them a world of good!
Put them down to sleep at the same time as one another. If one of them struggles to go to sleep, you need to remain in the room helping the unsettled one to calm down. Do not separate them, even if you fear that one might wake the other.
Step 3: Sleeping close to each other
Let your babies sleep close by each other. It is fine for new baby twins to be placed near together – in fact parents often place two little carry cots in one large cot. Try not to worry about one child disturbing the other one and do not get into the habit of playing “musical beds” where you move your babies around the house to avoid them waking each other. It is amazing how tolerant twins are of each other's noises!
If you are able to demonstrate a calm manner and to feel in control about allowing them to sleep close to one another, your babies will feel calm and safe too.
Step 4: Put them into their cots awake
By the age of around 8 weeks you should no longer be rocking or feeding your twin babies to sleep. When you first try putting them down next to each other it will take some time for them to settle down to sleep. Don't worry if they are lying awake, cooing, kicking fussing and even crying. Leave them to get on with it!
In a very short time this wakeful period will become gradually shorter and both babies will fall asleep quickly and easily. If they are truly distressed, then you should remain beside them, patting, shushing and reassuring until they settle to sleep. Try not to get them out of the cot though – or they'll never learn how to fall asleep by themselves!
Step 5: The five golden rules for twins' sleep
1. Let them sleep close to each other.
2. Follow a highly familiar bedtime routine.
3. Always put them in their cots awake.
4. Do not allow fears of one disturbing the other lead you into a complicated night time scenario of “musical beds.”
5. Help them to feel safe by your loving, confident and consistent manner.
Remember that one of the most wonderful things about twins is that they have each other. Unlike, single babies, there is no