i have twins girls

Marylou - posted on 09/15/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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How can i keep them awake during the day so they can sleep though the whole night

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How old are they? If they are less than 2 years, preventing them from taking naps won't make them sleep through the night --- it will only make them overly tired and cranky and will make them wake up more at night. Sleep begets more sleep.

Karen - posted on 09/21/2010

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Good sleep begets good sleep, may be the best advise I have every received. My twin boys will be 1 year on Thurs (yikes!) and they need naps. All babies need naps, and napping will allow them to sleep better at night. All the advise posted about napping and being on a fairly strict schedule are really true. If you are diligent about the schedule, I bet they will be sleeping through the night before you know it.



Besides if you keep them awake all day, YOU don't get a break. That can't be good for you or them!

Crysta - posted on 10/13/2010

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I agree, a routine is the best. I have to say that I am very lucky, my twins have been sleeping through the night for about 3.5 months and they are 6.5 months old now. When they first started they were getting their last bottle at 11 and one would sleep till 5 and the other 5:30. Now they get their last bottle between 9 and 9:30 and one sleeps till about 8 and the other 9:30. They both have 2 naps a day.

Deborah - posted on 10/07/2010

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I would try skipping the last nap and keeping them awake. Play with them or hold them or what ever to keep them awake till bed time. They will be exhausted and welcome the sleep. My babies started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. I am very serious. We hardly ever get them out of bed if they wake during the night, we just pat them on their bottoms to let them know we are there. It is VERY possible for your babies to be sleeping at this point. Good luck!

Dorothy - posted on 09/25/2010

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keeping the girls awake during the day could very easily backfire on you and keep them up at night. you do not want them getting overtired. sleep begets sleep. good day sleepers are often good night sleepers. when my girls were 5 months they took 3 naps a day (each about 1 1/2 - 2 hours) and they slept ALL night. babies wake during the night. try to not run right in each time. give them time, they might put themselves back to sleep. my girls were sleeping 8+ hours starting at 14 weeks (8 weeks adjusted) and took great naps during the day. it CAN happen. good luck... and happy sleeping!

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Kirsty - posted on 08/11/2011

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That sounds about right, perfect! They are doing really well. My daughter is two and a half and doesn't nap and sleeps 12 hours at night. Great job mum!

Nicole - posted on 08/11/2011

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i let mine sleep when they wanted to. they did not start sleeping threw the night until about 4 or 5 months. but they were breast feed until 4 months. once they started eating more solids they slept better. now they r 16 months and get a 2 hour nap during the day and they go to bed at 7pm and wake up at about 6:00/6:30 every morning. they one time i woke them up when they were younger was to feed them ( at night when one woke up i would wake the other one up to eat so that i could sleep) during the day i never woke them up.

Kirsty - posted on 08/11/2011

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How old are they love? Depends on age, but sleep promotes sleep remember! So don't worry if u think they wont sleep at night. My daughter was 8 weeks and sleeping through the night and still having regular naps during the day. If they are really active they will also need a nap, they're probably exhausting each other he he he. When they are showing signs of sleep I was told by the nurse to put them down but they sleep in cycles, so you could always shorten the last nap and make sure they don't go over an hour. That's what the so called experts suggest. Good luck

Cat - posted on 09/27/2010

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I guess you'll have better luck getting them to sleep through the night if they're formula fed... My girls were exclusively breastfed and I'm pretty sure they did not sleep through the night till they were at least 8 months old... And I completely disagree with keeping them up all day, that's totally unhealthy at 5 months they still need at least 2 naps!

Jannine - posted on 09/27/2010

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i found with my twins they love the outdoors and the park but slept for an hour going home but they where also big eaters dureing the day so they slept all night from 4weeks

Christiana - posted on 09/23/2010

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At 5 months my boys still woke up during the night. Their little tummys can't hold enough food to make it through the night so it is normal. When the 1st one woke up to eat I would feed him. And then wake up his brother to keep them on the same schedule and that way I wasn't waking up all the time. At about 6 months I was so tired after feeding the 1st I feel asleep and forgot to wake the 2nd and he actually slept all night. After that I didn't wake him. There was times that he would wake up but not all the time. It just takes time. I know I was always jelous of the Moms that had babies that slept through the night from the start. But I was blessed with that, I was blessed with boys that want their Mom. They are 6 yrs now and still sometimes the 1 that woke up the most as a baby climbsinto bed with us.

Chantal - posted on 09/22/2010

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well honey, so far so good- thank GOD!! they 7 and very healthy and active little people... different strokes for different folks ;-)

Amanda - posted on 09/22/2010

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There is really no answer to this, depending on their age, they need 1 - 2 naps a day, plus sleep at night. If they were to stay awake all day, they would be overtired and definatley not sleep all night. Try to get your twins into a routine at night, thats what helped mine sleep all night. We would get them changed, dim the lights and give them a bottle around the same time every night, then put them upstairs in their cribs with a nightlight on and a lullaby cd playing. They were sleeping through most of the night by around 8 weeks old (only getting up once to eat). Good luck. The schedule really helps.

Donna - posted on 09/22/2010

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depends on the age. Normally most babies nap 2x a day and as they get older they transition to one nap a day

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I just wanted to add that at 41 I still don't sleep through the night.The key is to induce 'self settling behaviour' and to do that children need to be left alone to moan a little, that doesn't mean hardcore 'cry it ou't, it just means that if they struggle to settle and they cry a little, they might not need you, they might just need to work it out for themselves. Crying doesn't always mean 'I need mommy' it might mean 'i can't sleep and i don't know how'. You can rock them, cuddle them or whatever ... if that is the problem the sooner they learn how to deal with it the better for theirselves. It's all about the longterm - what will make them happy as them grow up, not what makes you happy as a mom of a toddler.

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'through the night' is also something open for discussion - I know moms whose idea of through the night is different to mine. Always look to the long term. Routine is good but one of the best things I have going for me now is that I always broke routine to take the boys out, now at 20 months I can guarantee that naptime can be in stroller, someone else's lounge, my lap, whatever... (on spanish holidays we could stay out till 2am with the boys asleep in the stroller because they can sleep anywhere) always look to the long term and what you want to achieve to make your family happy - however sleep deprived you are it is temporary, but the sleep 'habits' your twins develop could be life long. I say this as a very bad insomniac - the gift of sleep is the best gift I give to my boys at any cost.

Danielle - posted on 09/22/2010

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it's actually really bad to do that. They process stimulation during the sleep during the day. I have GG frat twins 4 months old now, and they sleep 6 hrs-10hrs a night. They are up for about 2 hrs, then sleep for an hr during the day.
My advice- take them to new places, i took them to a coffee shop and sat outside, then to a restaurant, that night, they slept 10 & 11 HRS. New stimulation with make them sleep longer at night.

Dont try to keep them awake- it does them soo much harm. Research it and you'll see.

Chantal - posted on 09/22/2010

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Well mine did and today they 7 already, we'd put them to bed by 10pm and they'd wake by 6/ 7am! teething - oh my twins went through it like a breeze, all they did was drool alot ;-) pediatricians always have their opinions but i say each and every baby is different and we'll all have different experiences...

Viviana - posted on 09/22/2010

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it's really unrealistic to think they will sleep through the night at 5 months, sorry but that's the truth.. routine is quite important. I don't think anything else will work, so it's hard but you need to get used to it... it is just really important to discern what's true and what's not, if you read comments from pediatricians they will say the same thing as we expect things to happen that only time will turn around.. it happened with my twins after years, there's always something happening, especially when teething!

Chantal - posted on 09/21/2010

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lots of outdoor activities honey. moms and tots groups. it worked for me- i never had a poblem from day 1 with getting my twins to sleep. don't forget- ROUTINE from as early as 5 months old- ENJOY them ;-)

Julia - posted on 09/21/2010

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I can recommend the book 'Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady's Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep and Wake Up Happy' by Kim West and Joanne Kenen. http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/eBoo...
There is a lot of common sense in it - and has chapters for babies and children of different ages. It really helped us - I have twins - a boy and a girl now age 2. It talks about the routine for the whole day and night - naps and night-time. And we and other friends do keep passing it around for help when one of our children goes through a rough patch with sleeping. Good luck - I know that sleep deprivation is so hard to cope with... hope you find something that works well for you.

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get a good routine happening!! keep your babies awake for at least two hrs b4 their BEDTIME do not go into them when they wake of a night . it will b harder on u then them . it worked for us from 14wks and we have triplets good luck :) keep them busy play lots of games and have fun !!

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sorry I can't agree with adding rice to their feed, I believe this is actually discouraged and potentially harmful, sorry.

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Absolutely - sleep begets sleep, and the advice about getting them physically active (ok they are too young but lots of stimulation - trips in the stroller, to the park, cafes etc...) will make them sleep well too.

Stephanie - posted on 09/21/2010

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Give them a warm bath before bedtme and add some rice cereal to their last bottle. Do not let them sleep to long during the day limit their nap times. I woke them up at 7 am then they went down for a nap at 11 am slept for 1 1/2 had lunch then back down for a nap around 4 pm woke up around 5:30 played had dinner, warm bath, last bottle with rice cereal and off to bed about 10 pm.

you can adjust the times to meet your needs



I used to take my twins outside a lot to get fresh air ad they loved it. Stimulate their little brains with new things daily and you will notice a change in the wa they sleep.

Louise - posted on 09/21/2010

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if they are only 5 months old they have to sleep at least two hours during the day, and prob an nap in the late afternoon. they will sleep the nite when they are ready, my twins slept at 6 weeks, we did last feed at 11 pm and they would sleep till 6,

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Are you girls only 4 months old? Seriously - babies need masses of sleep and sleep breeds sleep. My twins are now 20 months and they still sleep 13 hours at night and a 1 and half nap during the day.
Keeping them awake during the day will make them grouchy and sleep deprived. They will sleep at night when their bodies are ready to.

Annette - posted on 09/20/2010

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I have twins. i nursed them 100% and got up twice a night, but at some point, I just needed more sleep. So - on the pediatrician's and midwife's advice - I introduced an additional formula bottle at 10pm which the boy drank and the girl drank half, so the boy finished the other half of hers. Then they slept at least from 10 till 6. Wonderful for me, and for them. They still took two naps during daytime.

Kate - posted on 09/17/2010

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I have 9 month old twin girls and they nap twice a day for nearly 2 hours at a time. It's true, if they don't get enough sleep during the day, they will be cranky and overtired and won't sleep well at night. My girls are on a very consistant schedule.. I do everything at the same time with them, including when I was breastfeeding. If one woke in the night, I would wake the other for a feed. I put them down for naps at the same time, together, every day. I weaned them onto bottles at 7 months and within 2 weeks, they were going 12 hours a night. Stick to a bedtime routine. Same one EVERY night. It may seem tedious, but it works. Also, I wasn't really expecting them to sleep through until they started solids anyway.Twins are HARD work and you don't think you'll ever sleep again, but it will happen. I don't think I really left the house for the first 6 months, but slowly, you get more sleep and feel human again! Only problem is now I've broken my knee and had surgery and cant't put any weight on it for 8 more weeks! I have a 3 yr old boy as well! Yikes! Thank goodness they are on a tight schedule so nan and pop can help out. Good luck to you!

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At that age, you really can't. It's normal for them to wake up at least once during the night. Make sure you are waking them both up to eat if one is up, but other than that, you just have to guy through it. They still need two naps during the day too.

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Time and patience is the best 'cure' for getting them to sleep through the night. Chances are, if they aren't sleeping through the night, they aren't ready yet.

Rolla - posted on 09/16/2010

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its quiet hard to do this because they sleep whatever they need and wake whatever they had enough sleep i think you should not worry about this

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