Triplets! How do you get them to sleep through the night?!?

Sarah - posted on 08/24/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hello all. I have g/g/b triplets that are almost 7 months old. They still are not sleeping through the night. Anyone have any miracles that will get them on a better schedule?

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Stephanie - posted on 09/05/2009

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I have b/b/g triplets they are 8 now,myn were sleeping all night around 4 months I had asked the doc what could i do? He said I could put cereal in their night time bottle I think it was just like a tsp.to 8oz of milk or someting like that you can ask your pediatrician.It did help!! some people said no not to do it but I never had a problem they are very healthy!!

Terri - posted on 06/23/2011

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I have 10 month old g/g/b triplets. They have been sleeping through the night since they were 3 months old. I don't have any huge secret, but I believe that a big part of it is your confidence in deciding that it is time for them to go to bed and teaching them to self-soothe if you can. When they cry, if you go running in too soon they won't learn to fall back asleep on their own, and they also will understand that they can get you to come in by crying. Of course we always go in when it sounds like someone is really upset because that means they are probably wet. I guess you left this message a couple of years ago, so you are likely doing great by now!

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Stephanie - posted on 01/09/2012

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Schedule is huge. I had mine on a 4 hour schedule from the get go. As they get stronger u can eek out an extra 5 then 10... Min until they r sleeping thru the night. We were on a 6, 10, 2 schedule. When 1 ate we all ate. I always figured my husband woke me up @ 6 when he got up for work anyway, we might as well be up together. I hope it helps. Oh I noticed another comment about the cereal added to the bottle. We did that as well. It helped. Ask your dr when he feels they r old enough.

Lindsay - posted on 11/16/2009

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I am having the same problem. I have 3 1/2 month old bbg triplets. I am trying to get them to sleep through the night. They get cereal before bed and still don't sleep all night.

Uloma - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have ten year old triplets.I set up a sleep routine from day 1 and have continued ever since( at least for now).Just find a time say 8pm.Make sure that they are clean and fed.Put them in bed and walk away.It might sound a bit harsh but you'd be glad you did.I actually started doing this since they were 4mts old and it is amazing how they got used to it.They cried a lot at first but I kept at it. and the rest is history.Resist picking them up each time they cry.I remember we got three seperate cribs for them but they wouldnt sleep individually so we ended up putting them in one and it worked out perfectly.What ever you chose to do, know that you only have two hands.So a little tough love wont hurt.good luck!!!

Chasity - posted on 10/16/2009

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When mine were 7 months old, my husband and I were at the point of exhaustion. Talking with other triplet moms, I found out about a book. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. The day we got it in the mail, I made 2 small changes to their routine and they have slept through the night ever since. I call it my magic book - it saved us! They are 2 now and they sleep 12 - 13 hours a night.



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Jessica - posted on 10/12/2009

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Depends on your definition. I believe the "official' definition of sleeping through the night is 6hrs. My girls started sleeping 8+hrs overnight at 3-4mo. My MIL was all about the cerial in the bottle thing & when the Dr recommended it (for my DD who had bad reflux) she stopped sleeping through the night! When they were babies we'd put the girls down for the night around 8 immediately after a bottle & I would be up again around 4ish with a bottle for everyone & then right back to sleep until 6-7. We tried dream feeds for a while but found it didn't get them any further through the night & often caused an unwanted (by me) play session at 11pm. I kept up a 'majority rules' type schedule during the day (if 2 were hungry all 3 got fed, if 2 were sleepy all 3 got naps, etc) but at night I fed on demand only.

Cory - posted on 10/01/2009

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I have GBG triplets who also started sleeping through nights at about 3-4 months old. We gave them a bottle right before bed and then we had one that would wake occasionally but we let her cry it out and she stopped waking within a couple of days. It is very difficult at first to take that leap but I agree that once you know that it is not a hunger issue ( by 7 months it isn't, it is more just habit) then it just a matter of allowing them to learn how to self sooth. It is mucjh easier to teach this now than a year from now. You can do it! If you ever feel uncomfortable, go in a reassure him or her but then leave again right away, they'll realize that they are okay and they will end up being much better sleepers which is better for you and for them :-)

Leigh - posted on 10/01/2009

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I was fortunate that my boys started sleeping through the night at 4 months. All it took was once. My husband said turn off that night light they don't need it, which was true. I had it there for when we would go in to feed. After turning off the light that was it. We have occassionall occurances and for one of the boys it is true if there is a light of any kind and he wakes up he will not go back to sleep. Also letting him cry it out is scary but for some reason the others are able to sleep though it. We have only had one night that everyone was woken. Good luck be strong.

Sarah - posted on 09/07/2009

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I have bbb triplets who will be 2 next week. I had one sleep through the night at 2 months (AA) and then decide at 4 months that he didn't want to again until 12 months (AA) He just needed that extra feed for longer. My other 2 slept through the night at 4 months (AA) and have always been good sleepers. The best advice that I received was from Moms of older multiples is that once you have determined that their waking is not due to hunger you have to just allow them to put them back to sleep. Dealing with the noise is a leap of faith. You are so afraid that the noisy one is going to wake the others BUT as much as the restless one has to learn to get back to sleep, the others have to ignore it. It was scary at first just letting the noise go and not rushing in there to quiet him. But I now have three great sleepers who give me 12 hours at night and 2.5 hours in the afternoon. Good luck!!!

Glenda - posted on 08/26/2009

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howq old are your babies??? mine slept right thrpugh 12-15 hrs from the nicu just the last 2 months they are waking in the rearly hours of the morning for a drinl then right back to sleep if they are of age do youi feed them cereals before bed or at dinner time then a bottle just be fore they gpo down for the night

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