Napping in the cribs...How did you do it???

Brenda - posted on 05/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi! I have 3 month old twins, Owen and Carter. They have not been napping in their cribs yet, mainly because they will cry forever when I put them there and I just don't have the energy to tackle that at this point!! They don't really have a nap schedule yet, either. I'm wondering...how did you get your twins to nap in their cribs and when/how did they start a nap schedule??



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Brenda - posted on 05/18/2009

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Wow, that sound so wonderful! I have made several attempts to do the same. However, my babies will literally cry until it's time for their next feeding when I put them in their cribs. My pediatrician's office told me not to let them cry for more than 15 min. They would cry for 2 hours without falling asleep, even though I put them down tired. At this point I only have the energy to do whatever keeps them from screaming. They have a very irregular nap schedule. Help!

Katie - posted on 05/15/2009

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I have g/g twins who are also 3 months old. My girls nap upstairs twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, I started this at about 6 weeks old. One of the girls sleeps in their room in her crib and the other sleeps in the playpen in my bedroom, that way they wont wake each other up. I make sure their room is nice and dark and run a fan or play soft music for them, that helps them fall asleep (plus drowns out any noise that might wake them up).

Make sure you are putting them down when they are awake, but drowsy so they learn to put themselves to sleep. I always swaddle my girls too, that seems to help.

I keep my girls on a strict eat, wake/play, nap schedule that repeats every 3 hours, except at night time. So if my girls wake up in the morning at 7am, I will feed them, keep them awake for 30-45 minutes and then put them down for a nap at around 8am and they will sleep for 1-2 hours and eat again at 10am, after being awake for an hour or so they nap again but usually in their swing. Then after their 1:00pm bottle I take them upstairs for a nap again. I always keep them on the same schedule so that I get a bit of time without them during the day...that helps keep me sane :)

I hope that helps! Good luck, I found that once they were napping regularly my life felt normal again.

Caty - posted on 05/14/2009

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My boys slept and napped together in the same crib until the physically couldn'y fit anymore. The touching was key too. We swaddled them separately and then just put them next to each other.

Jennifer - posted on 05/13/2009

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Did you try putting them in bed together? Some twins like to sleep together for awhile or be touching.

Evelyn - posted on 05/13/2009

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my kids slept together til they were about 1yr. they did everything together they slept real good and were company for each other

Valerie - posted on 05/12/2009

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I found that our G/B twins (now 21 months) were having a hard time napping in their cribs (at that age) too. Until I realized that we were spending most of our time in the living room. Their bedrooms (and cribs too) were a strange place to be in the middle of the day. Once we started spending more time in their room during the day, they started napping in there much more easily. I would pop them into their crib while I sorted laundry etc.

I also got into the routine early of playing a lullabye cd at both nap times and bedtimes. I also used a crib toy that lit up and played music. I change up the cd's quite often. Oh and they shared a crib until they were 9 months old when we finally got a 2nd crib.

Amie - posted on 05/12/2009

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My twins are now 6, but I remember those trying times. The important thing to do is keep them on the same schedule and form a napping and feeding schedule. They will form to the schedule and love it after a while. My ladies used to fall asleep alot after feeds, so they would nap 3 times a day. The key to getting them sleeping in their crib is having some music on with a moble or something to look at. My ladies slept together till 6 months then we split them. Hope some of this helps. Take Care.

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