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Tips for Managing Sleep Regression in your Twins

What are Sleep Regressions

When an extended period of blissful sleep is rudely interrupted by an unexplainable period of frequent night waking or resisted naps during the day, we call this baby sleep regression. Sleep regression rears its ugly head around the ages of 4 months, 8-10 months, 12 months, and again around 18 to 24 months

At 4-months, babies begin to become more aware of the world around them and want to interact with it. Your twins are shifting from a new baby sleep cycle to a more adult sleep cycle, which is why it is the ideal time to begin sleep training.  8 to 12-month old babies may experience separation anxiety. During the period between 18 to 24 months, babies have increasing mobility and may need fewer naps. With the application of consistent sleep training techniques, baby sleep regression can be overcome in typically 1 to 4 weeks.

Setting Up Your Twins’ Sleep Schedule

Twin sleep regression is double trouble when the twosome foregoes their nighttime or naptime schedule.  According to experts, the trick to surviving this normal childhood milestone is establishing your twins’ sleep schedule.

If you do not have a sleep schedule, now would be an opportune time to develop positive lifelong sleep habits. If you have already established a routine that was working for you, now is NOT the time to abandon it. Embrace the routine. Adjustments may need to be made for changing needs, but the routine will ensure that your twins are not over-tired or hungry - two likely culprits of baby sleep regression.

Putting Your Twin Babies to Sleep at the Same Time

According to sleep expert Dana Obleman, author of “The Sleep Sense Program”, it is advisable to put both twins to sleep at the same time and to wake the second twin within 30 minutes of the first child waking.  This will encourage a more synchronized, healthy sleep schedule for happy twins.

bedtime routine is the first step in sleep training twins. Twins are unique individuals, so they may not naturally have the same sleep rhythms.  You can quickly find yourself in a non-stop cycle of feeding, rocking, and soothing one baby after another if you respond to each twin on his or her own schedule.  Take some time to observe how much sleep each child needs and what brings them comfort.  Factor these into your bedtime routine.

Newborn twins sleeping arrangements

Should twins sleep in the same crib? Yes, it's safe for newborn twins to sleep together in the early weeks and months; twins sleeping in the same crib may help regulate their body temperature and their sleep cycles, but as they grow, they may also be the source of the other’s wakefulness.  Separate cribs or possibly separate rooms may keep them from disturbing one another.

Studies have shown that babies sleeping in merino wool settle more quickly, cry less, and sleep longerWoolino Baby Sleep Bag will allow you to separate sleep regressing babies for naps and bedtime and still maintain comfortable body temperature

 

 

Sleep Tips and Training for Twin Babies

Sleep training twins requires consistency.  During a period of sleep regression, that may test your patience and endurance.  Be not discouraged or dismayed. This too shall pass.

 

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