questions on sleeping through the night???

Francine - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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When did your twins start sleeping through the night...

did you let them cry themselves back to sleep when they got up after sleeping through the night the first time?

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Tracy - posted on 03/04/2011

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I think it depends entirely on the babies but I definitely think it is often older than singleton babies. Mine are almost 10 months and STILL have never slept through the night. I have tried to let them cry it out but they will cry for as long as 2 hours until I get up and feed them (not sure if they would cry longer, that is as long as I can take it!) I think there are many nights where one or the other would have slept through the night but of course never on the same night:) They also only nap for a total of 2 hours during the day. My doctor said they just don't have a need for a lot of sleep:(

Lauren - posted on 11/19/2009

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my twin boys were 11 weeks old when when starting sleeping through and the other still worke around 4-5am. we had them in seperate rooms and when he started crying we would shut the doors inbetween and just wait. if his cries never got overly distressed and was more whingy then we left him but if he got really upset we would go in every 5 mins so he knew we were still there. after 3 nights he stopped calling out, he still wakes around that time, i swear he has a ten minute play in his cot and goes back to sleep. if they really dont settle then we fed them but they would always finish the bottle and not want much at breakfast time.

Laura - posted on 11/19/2009

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Okay i tried to let them cry when theywake up at night but they just wake up my 2year old. So i have been giving them their pacifiers and theygo back to bed but i dont know how to break them of it... i feel horrible waking everyone up in myhouse because my daughter will cry for ever, i think the longest i lether go was 30-45 mins. I feed them right before bed time and give them a bath too but it doesnt seem to be helping.....

Jovita - posted on 11/02/2009

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My twins were getting into the habbit of waking up ever nite around 4 or 5am, and I couldn't understand why, if I was feeding them well before bed, I was giving them a warm bath doing everything possible to make them comfortable, one day my mother came to visit me and told me i needed to let them just cry and not get up with them at all, and she was rite, it took about a week to get them out of the habit of waking up at 4am but there both sleeping thru the nite. They actually wake up now around 7,8am which is wonderful cuz I don't think I've slept thru the nite since I was pregnant with them, so pretty much all it took was letting them cry themselves back to sleep

Laura - posted on 11/02/2009

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i am haveing the same problem with my b/g twins but i am afraid that they will just keep on wakeing each other up during the night like they do during their naps. They always go back to bed but they go for about 20 mins back and forth with waking each other up. They sleep in the same rooom in separate cribs.

Kerry - posted on 11/02/2009

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Hey Francine, one night when my girls were about 11 or 12 weeks old one woke up and started crying, I was soooo exhausted, I just could not bring my self to get up to her. So I laid there and listened to her crying, after 5 minutes she went back to sleep and we didn't hear another peep out of either of the them for the rest of the night. They have been going through the night ever since from 7pm to 7am and long may it last! I won't hold my breath though ;-)

Karen - posted on 10/30/2009

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My twins are 21 years old. One twin slept very well and still does. Her twin sister was 8 years old before she slept and not very well and still does not sleep well. But when she was 8 she had her tonsil & adnoids removed and ahlas was able to sleep easier. My husband sleeps like a log and I don't sleep very well. I guess it runs in the family. LOL We tried everything and then just let nature take its course. Try to sleep when ever you can and you will just have to take turns on the sleep or lack there of...Good luck all and good night!

Maaike - posted on 10/30/2009

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Generally (there are of course always exceptions), around 12-14 weeks (not taking into consideration any weeks they were born prematurely). Of course this will also depend on how much they are drinking during the day (if not enough, they will wake up to eat) and how much they are sleeping during the day. If they are in a growth spurt, they may wake early again for a feed.

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