Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Northampton, MA
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Whenever people on the street exclaim to me about how they can't imagine having twins, I always respond: "I can't imagine having TRIPLETS!" And really, I can't.
I always nursed my two to sleep until the past couple months. Now I sometimes still nurse them down, but we often take them for a walk in the stroller instead. I was finding that the nursing was often stretching into one hour or longer, and just prolonging the bedtime. In the stroller they usually fall asleep within 10 minutes, and then we transfer them into their beds. I know that this will not be the end solution (I think they'll probably outgrow the stroller by the time they're four, and in a couple months it may very well be waaay too cold outside to even try), but we try to just go with whatever works in the moment. Chances are that by the time the current solution doesn't work, there won't be a need for it anymore anyway.
When he was a little baby, Jasper would only fall asleep in the baby swing (a contraption I swore I would never use until Jasper came along). Everyone kept telling us that we had to get him to sleep a different way before he outgrew the swing. But we just decided to go with what worked at the time. And sure enough, at 5 months he suddenly was able to lie down and go to sleep (without nursing or anything!), and we quickly ditched the swing. A couple months later, he needed a new bedtime routine.
So, my general advice would be not to worry about finding a solution that will work in the long run, and just try anything until they find something that works. Maybe the car. Maybe the stroller. Maybe swings (we have a little tikes baby swing hanging from our ceiling that will still put my boys to sleep occassionally). Maybe slings. Maybe nursing. Maybe all lying down together in one big bed and singing. . .
Another idea is to try starting the whole bedtime routine an hour earlier, as overtired babies are very hard to get to sleep.
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 12) in a small house with a lot of love.