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#1 of 3 Old 12-16-2006, 08:11 PM - Thread Starter
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How old are your twins...

What time do they go to sleep...

How do they get to sleep? (On their own, in a crib, in family bed, nursing, bottle, etc)

How long do they stay asleep?

My twins are 7 months...we are still trying to find a way for them to sleep more. Right now they get nursed or rocked to sleep and then sleep in our family bed. They sleep between 45 min and 2 hours only at a time and then I begin the rotisserie mom routine flipping back and forth and feeding them. It has to stop, I am getting no sleep and becoming a very grouchy mama!
Advice please ladies!
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#2 of 3 Old 12-17-2006, 02:11 AM
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My girls are 8 months old, 6 months adjusted, and they sleep in their own beds in the same room. They always start the night in their cribs, but often we will co-sleep with one and switch them out as they wake. Until they were about 4 months old, they were co-bedded, but started waking each other up with kicking.

Routine isn't very firm yet, but we've been working on it more and more. Around 7:00 we start bathtime and pajamas. We turn down all the lights in the house and tone down the noise level as much as we can with a toddler! Cluster feeding starts and I nurse one baby while my husband holds the other and puts our toddler to bed.

When the baby I am nusing gets droopy eyed, I swaddle her and attempt to lay her down. If she cries, we rock for a bit and if that doesn't work we nurse again. I've tried really hard not to set-up the suck to sleep association. I get the second baby from my husband and repeat the whole method. We play a Celtic lullaby CD in their room all night and keep the temperature warm.

When one wakes, she comes to bed to nurse and co-sleeps until the other wakes. My husband is great about getting up and switching them out.

We tried co-sleeping with our first daughter for almost a year. I was miserable and she was waking many (6+) times per night up until she was a year old and we chose to slowly cut out night nursings. I'll admit to not even wanting to attempt to co-sleep with the twins full time.

For naps, I do pretty much the same thing as night routine. They are swaddled and we nurse until they are super drowsy.

Currently both twins are in bed before 8:00 p.m. and Morgan wakes once and wakes for the day at 7:00 a.m. and Meagan wakes 1-3 times and is awake for the day at 6:30 a.m. On a rare day, they will both sleep in until 8:00 a.m.

Their naps range between two 30ish minute long catnaps, one around 10:00 a.m. and another around 4:00 p.m. to one long 2-3 hour nap starting at 11:00 a.m.

With a toddler that still wakes up 3-4 times per night I think we've lucked out with these kiddos and sleeping!

Here's hoping you get some sleep soon, Mama. I know it sucks to be without it and have so much on your plate.
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Okay I don't co-sleep, never have, never will. :

And my twins are almost 4yo now, so it seems like forever ago that they were that little, but they were. They shared a crib until they were 6 mos. Then they were in the same room, each in their own crib (pushed together in the middle of the room). I swaddled them TIGHT, I played white noise, and they had pacis. (Another They each woke up at least once a night, and I'd feed them both, and I believe when they were around 9mos it got to be only once a night, and eventually they slept through the night -- I don't remember when or where, but I do know that they sleep through the night just fine now, in bunk beds. And they still nap.

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