Hi new on here, how do you keep twin babies on a good schedual?

Susanne - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Im trying to get them to sleep all night they are almost 5 months old they eat every 4hrs what can I do

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Beth - posted on 02/22/2011

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Am a twin mother, but mine are a bit old, will be turning 10 in Oct,I definately do remember how hectic taking care of them is at that tender age. Try keeping them up a bit late, delay having them bathed, after they`ve bathed and feed well, they will sleep a bit longer. As they grow up they do adjust to sleeping longer hours bse they are attracted by so many things that keep them up during the day and by night they sleep longer. It is a hard experience but you enjoy them.

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2011

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I have g/g twins that just turned 2. Ever since they were born, we kept them on a bedtime schedule - the same every night. A few nights a week we would start with a bath, then turn off the lights, play lullaby music while feeding them a bottle and then off to bed. By the time they were about 8 weeks old they were only getting up once in the middle of the night for a feeding, then shortly they were sleeping through the whole night. We have kept that same routine with just little tweaks as they get older. Now they have a sippy cup of milk and we read before bed. Try getting them on a routine, I hope that will work for you.

Petra - posted on 02/19/2011

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I think you're pretty lucky that they sleep so good. They are still pretty young for sleeping all night even though I know lots of babies sleep even younger. I think it's genetic and also personality of the baby, solids didn't work for us. My 9 months old still wake up a lot at night. 4 hours is really good, believe me!!!

Melissa - posted on 02/19/2011

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If they're hungry, they're hungry. Some say it's a weight thing (12 pounds seems to be the magical number), but doctors say it's a brain development thing. Other than adding formula if breastfed, as some suggested, there really isn't much you can do since they're still so young.

Alyssa - posted on 02/14/2011

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Are you nursing them or are they formula fed? I nursed them exclusively for the first year but my MIL said her dr told her to give them a couple ounces of formula on top of the bedtime nursing bc formula takes longer to breakdown than breast milk...i asked my dr and he said it was fine...it helped me, my twin boys have been sleeping through the night since they were 3 or 4 months old, they will be 3 in sept. Once they were old enough to have rice cereal or oatmeal we just made sure we gave them that before bed instead of formula...I hope this helps and make sure u get the ok from ur dr since every child is different :)

Kristen - posted on 02/11/2011

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Are you feeding them any food yet? My doctor told me that by 6 months my g/g twins should be eating breakfast lunch and dinner but everyone is different. My girls were and i worked on there schedule from the beginning so that they would be on a 7,11,3,7 schedule when they had to eat every 4 hrs cause they started sleeping through the night early. Stay with a routine and it will work out. I know that is the hardest especially if you dont have help. I also got my girls to sleep through the night by giving them a little more to eat at night so they were full longer. hope this helps and good luck. But dont worry it will work out

Diane - posted on 02/11/2011

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I wouldn't worry so much about a schedule, especially at this young age, babies aren't meant to sleep through the night so early (even though our society seems so focused on it) If they are eating that often then it is because they are hungry that often and that's okay and it's completely normal, I think my twins were still nursing every 2 hours during the day and 3 hours during the night at that age and it was totally normal, we co-sleep so it wasn't too tiring.

Erin - posted on 02/11/2011

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I had my twins on a schedule right away, but it took longer than 5 months for them to sleep through the night. I think by about 7 months, I was able to drop that middle of the night feeding. I would suspect that soon they will sleep through the night, but maybe they just aren't ready yet.

Deborah - posted on 02/11/2011

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I just picked the schedule I wanted to use and stuck with it. I started the schedule at 4 weeks and my boys started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. They would still wake occasionally, but not to eat. I would pretty much go in and check on them and pat their bottoms if necessary, change diapers if I thought they needed it, but never really get them up. They took a pacifier till they were 6 months old, so sometimes I would just give them that and it would make them content. I do agree with what Cheryl said above, waking up at night can be a habit. If you think they are waking because they are hungry, maybe give them a little more cereal before bed time.

Melanie - posted on 02/11/2011

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The best advice I have is just to make sure they are always on the SAME schedule, no matter what. When my boys (will be 3 in May) were very young and one would wake up, I would make sure I got the other one up to eat, too. That has been a saving grace for our family. They have always been on the same schedule ... even now, they have the same bed routine (at the same time); their naptime is the same.

Mandy - posted on 02/09/2011

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my twins girls are 14 months old and they have been sleeping through the night since they were about 4 months old. they slept in their crib but in my room when i noticed they started waking up in the night around 9 months old so my husband and i decided it was time for them to sleep in different cribs that worked for a couple of months when they were about 1 year old we decided it was time for them to share their sisters room with her good thing she i a sound sleeper cause the girls were still waking up but i let them cry it out for about 15 mins if which everone was cry i got that baby up check the diaper gave a drink of water and laid them back down. now they sleepthrough the night. The key is keeping a routine and keeping them on the same routine as eachother. i have one baby jaylee that likes to stay up at night and the other one jocelyn who loves to wake up early in the morning,but that doesnt work for me so they both go to bed at 9 pm and whenever one of them awakes in the morning i wake up the other one they nap at 12pm everyday sometimes 1pm everyone has busy lives so schedules are not going to be perfect just keep it close and do the same things before you lay them down.

Jennifer - posted on 02/09/2011

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my twins r 4 and they have always had a routine but mine changed with age fewer naps fewer feeding but for the most part bed time has always been 8pm. and nap time until school started was always 12:30 one of my boys still do not sleep threw the nite i think it just depends on the kids.. in the end u find what works best for u and them.. i wish the best of luck..

Christine - posted on 02/09/2011

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My twin boys are 3 yrs. and I've always kept them on the same schedule and have pretty much the same routine for night time. When my boys were 3 months old they needed to have more calories to gain weight (preemies) the doc had me adding cereal to their bottles at bedtime. Once I started adding the cereal, they were sleeping through the night because they were not hungry after the cereal. Talk to your pedi to see if you can feed them cereal or something before bed - kinda like a bed time snack so they sleep through the night w/o being hungry???

CHERYL - posted on 02/08/2011

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i only used to wake them till they were around 6m as by then my 2 were sleeping thru.

CHERYL - posted on 02/08/2011

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hi i had my babies on a routine but it wasnt strict and used to change after a month or so. i had a night time routine but used to wake them just b4 i went to bed to feed them so they would go longer so i got a nice stretch of sleep. but they will only sleep thru when they are ready.and sometimes night waking is just habbit.

Liz - posted on 02/08/2011

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Do you have a set bed-time routine for them that you follow every night? I've found with my three kids it worked wonders to help them sleep better. My b/g twins will be three in June and my son will be one in July.

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