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<p>My twin dc's are starting to drop their nap.  That means bedtime usually goes very smoothly and quickly as they are tired.  We are thinking this might be a good opportunity to transition them to their own sleeping spaces and seeing if they will fall asleep on their own.  Up until now we have co-slept in a king size bed with them and lay down with them until they are asleep.  I sleep between them so while they know the other is there they don't snuggle up together although they do sometimes roll near each other during the evening hours when I get up for a bit.  We're trying to decide whether we should go for separate sleeping spaces (two twin beds), a double bed or even a trundle bed.  They are boy/girl so eventually they will probably need their own rooms but we have older dc's and who knows what the future arrangements will be so we don't want to look too far ahead.</p>
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<p>I know it probably varies greatly but what arrangement worked best for your twins?</p>
 

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<p>We had them in the same crib until they were about 10 months old. At that point they would play instead of sleep, so we borrowed a second crib from a neighbor and they both started sleeping better. (We are not co-sleepers). When I would go in to check on them sometimes they would be holding hands through the bars, now that was cute! We decided that their own space was best, but beds next to each other worked best for us, that way they were still close enough to each other to have that comfort, but far enough away that they wouldn't squish each other.</p>
 

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<p>I'm also trying to figure this question out.  My girls are only 2 years, 4 months though.  We've been co-sleeping til now.  Yesterday was the first day that at naps, they laid down together in a twin (next to the double) and slept together, by themselves, without mom "making" them sleep.  I'll let you know if and when they transition and what that looks like.  I'd like to hear what others say, because we are also considering if we should get them seperate beds or not.</p>
 

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<p>Our twins (boys) have been in bed with us since the beginning, and we moved them into their brother's room a couple of months before they turned 3.  They share a twin bed (sleeping sideways), with big brother on a top bunk.  This works pretty good, but there are nights where they stay up and chit chat for a LONG time.  When we were putting them down in their own bed, I would sit next to their bed after stories and pray and listen to podcasts.  That was nice, but I started getting uncomfortable as I got bigger in pregnancy, and now, many nights I read to them in our bed and they pass out there, or they migrate afterwards to their own bed, or just one goes to his room.  It varies.  This has been a peaceful situation for us, but I know things can change quickly and their needs may be different next week.  </p>
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<p>I have a friend who has b/g twins 10 days older than mine, and she found that separating them worked best for them.  I know our little ones are always excited to share a room with the older siblings, and you have the blessing of both genders as olders, so each babe has a buddy!  <img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif"></p>
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<p>Really, you will most likely find something that works for your family by trial/error and being flexible.  </p>
 

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<p>Just thought I would update.  We ended up buying oldest ds a new loft bed for his room and moving his double bed over to the bedroom that we were co-sleeping in for the twins to use.  It's been 3 nights and I can't believe how smoothly (knock on wood) things have been going.  We tuck them in, read to them and say goodnight.  They fall asleep very quickly or sometimes with a bit of talking/giggling.  They've recently given up their nap so they are very tired by the end of the day which definitely helps.  Aside from me going in a couple of times the first night they have slept through the night cuddled up together in bed.  They are even sleeping in later.  I miss cuddling with them but knowing that the transition was so smooth makes me feel like it was a good move for all of us.  My sleep is sooo much better without two babies trying to sleep on top of me.  So, we'll enjoy it for now and wait for the next big change. </p>
 

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Congrats on the transition going so well! We recently made the transition, too, but put them in twin beds that are pushed together. They have their own space but can still cuddle if they want. A few times they have cuddled together, but most of the time they sleep apart. DD needs space, but DS is a cuddler, so it hasn't been as smooth for us. He's not STTN yet in there.
 

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<p>Our twins just turned 5. They slept with us until they were about 1, then in a crib together for about 6 months, and then in a full size bed together. They are boy/girl twins and we have another daughter 15 months younger than them, and once she was about 1.5 years they all started sleeping together. We just put our son in his own bed in the last few months with the girls now sleeping together (but all still in the same room) and it has always worked great. I'm sure it is different for everyone, but our twins always did best together, and it seemed to make them closer to each other in the daytime as well. I love it, it's so sweet to watch them!</p>
 
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