advice on getting 11 month old babies to sleep through the night

Kate - posted on 07/29/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Our biggest challenge with our twin girls is sleeping at night. We have recently moved them into their own bedroom and into separate cribs. They seem to like this arrangement. They go to bed around 9 pm and wake up for the day around 7 am. But they each get up several times during the night (5 or so, each-too tired to count). Sometimes they want a bottle but a lot of times they are just getting up, crying and wanting to be held and rocked to sleep. Is this common with other twins? Does anyone have any suggestions, advice, wisdom? Help!

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Jessica - posted on 07/30/2009

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I would let them cry themselves back to sleep. We had to begin that at around 10 months and while it's hard to listen to, it works and they learn a valuable skill :-)

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My twin boys started sleeping through the night around 6 months old. That is when I literally stopped any bottle feeding through the night. Sometimes when they would wake up in the middle of the night, I would let them "learn" to cry themselves back to sleep. By 11 months old, I think your girls are capable to understand that you won't attend to their every wants and needs. Some things that may be theraputic if you haven't already done so, is stick with your bedtime routine. For example, Dinner, Bath (We use and still do, the Lavender johnson's bedtime bath wash) , Quiet playtime, then story time, and bedtime that can contain singing or playing a lullaby CD (which we used). They will cry for a bit, but you have to let them... unless they cry for more than we'll say 5-10 minutes, then you can attend to their needs just to re-assure them that they're okay. Pretty much, a routine helped with them knowing that it was bedtime, and when they woke up in the middle of the night, we let them cry a bit until they fell right back asleep. Having them cry themselves back to sleep helped them learn that they don't need you to fall back asleep. Soon after, they stopped "crying" if they were woken up for any reason, and just shifted around the crib to fall back asleep. If that doesn't work, look online for some books, for example Dana Obelman or Obleman something like that, I read some good advice from her guidelines. I hope I helped?

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