Twin babies mean double the fun and double the trouble especially when you try to get your twins to sleep at the same time. Here are some tips to help you survive this situation.
Create A Soothing Sleep Environment A restful sleeping area helps your twins adjust to a regular sleep schedule. Make sure their room is quiet and dark. Room temperature must be cool. You can switch on a nightlight so you do not have to switch on the lights when you check on them. Playing white noise (e.g. the steady sound of a waterfall, waves or raindrops) will also soothe your babies to sleep.
Make Sure They Get Regular Naps During The Day
Wake your twin babies up at the same time. If one wakes up, wake your other baby. Do not allow baby A to sleep lather than baby B and vice versa. Then, make sure you provide ample interaction throughout the day like playing with them, talking to them or visiting your neighbor, so when it is time for nap time, they are both tired and sleepy. Babies need more sleep than they get at night, if they take naps during the day, they will sleep better at night.
Create A Bedtime Routine
A calming pre-bedtime routine will help you prepare your twins for sleep. Quiet activities like giving them a warm bath and a baby massage, reading a bedtime story in a rocking chair, singing a song followed by a few minutes of cuddling is a good, relaxing routine. A bedtime routine will help signal your twin babies that it is time for sleep and when repeated on a daily basis, your twins will have the same sleep schedule so you and your babies can drift off to dreamland in no time.
Try Swaddling Your Twins
This age-old tradition can help your twins feel safe, secure and eager for sleep. You may use a blanket or even a t-shirt you have just worn so they feel your warmth and your scent. Wrap the blankets or your t-shirts around each baby comfortably. This way, your twin babies will feel a sense of security that they are being snuggled up against their twin inside your womb which helps stimulate your twins to sleep at the same time.
Let Them Sleep Together
Let your twins sleep in the same crib. Most twins feel secure with the presence of their other sibling. They are comforted by touching each other and the close physical contact soothes them. Your twins will try to wrap themselves around each other, crawl to each other and even suck on each others hands while they sleep. Do this until they are three months old. When it is time to put them in separate cribs, make sure the cribs are next to each other so they can still see each other.
Help Your Calm Baby First
When twins rouse from sleep, parents tend to focus on the screamer first. As a result, the calmer baby might feel ignored. Tend to your quiet baby first and make sure he is happy and relaxed before you focus on the screamer. Do not worry about the screamer waking up his sibling since most twins are not disturbed by their sibling’s crying even when they are in the same crib.
They key to making twin babies fall asleep at the same time is by balancing stimulation and relaxation throughout the day. Once established, a healthy sleep pattern is created which is beneficial not only for your twins but also for you.