Sleep Training -Twins share a room

Michelle - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have 6 month old twins. Seperate cribs, same room. They are waking 3-4 times a night. Each. Anybody had any luck with controlled crying/ferberizing? P.S I have a 20 month old that I also have to chase around all day. We did it with him. He sleeps like a champ.

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Heather - posted on 03/07/2010

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My twins are 6 months old and have been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks old. I was giving them just a lil cereal in their bottles right before bed, and they slept in the same crib. Now they are in the same room, different cribs, and still sleep wonderfully. I always just make sure they have plenty of time to play and bounce around for about 2 hours before bedtime. I fix them some cereal and a warm bottle at 30 mins before bedtime, and then put them in warm pjs and they fall right to sleep everytime. All babies are different though, and it's pretty much a guessing game until you find a routine that works for them.

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2010

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ok i have almost 2 year orld twin girls and they still dont sleep though the night if their in the same room and they share a room sooo when they were about 5 months i put there cribs together and god did it help[ when they would wake up they would play with eachother through the cribs and never cryed now they r in their bed and i put them down and swat their buts if they get out and they go to sleep in about 5 mins, and when they wake up they play quetly cuz the dont want to b sent back to bed and when their tired they go in their beds a fall back to sleep but idk i just made it to were they can play with eachother no matter what and they didnt cry so much when they did i got them a bottle and changed them if they still cryed i let them cry themselfs to sleep it orked for me

Shelley - posted on 03/06/2010

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I used the Baby Sleep Solution by Suzy Giordano when my b/g twins were 7 months. They sleep in diff cribs but in the same room. They're now almost 21 months and sleep fine. Sometimes one will stay up longer than the other and cry/whine. If it goes on long enough for me to go back in there, the other one's always asleep. They get used to hearing each other cry. During training though, we used a sound machine between their beds to try to drown out the sound as much as possible. As you know, all kids are diff. I don't think the straight up ferber method will work for some kids. I liked this book b/c it's kind of a mix. I gave it to a friend who had twins last Aug, and her boys started sleeping 12 hours/night by 2 months. Sound machine $4 at Target. Book $12 on Amazon. The couple weeks of sleep training twins are totally worth it once you finally get a good night sleep. Good luck!! =)

Kate - posted on 03/06/2010

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We took our boys to sleep school at 6 months, which is actually for the parents not the babies. It taught us to recognise when they 'need' you and when they 'want' you. We learnt how to teach them to self settle and they have been sleeping and self settling since. I must admit we have a good routine and we make the bedroom so dark that if we went in to help settle they could not see us which made such a difference there room is still darkened at 21 months. And they still sleep in the same room and love it when they wake up and can play games with each other. Good luck.

Becky - posted on 03/05/2010

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I have 7 month old twin girls that started sleeping through the night about a month ago. We were sleeping training the twins at separate times because one had bronchiolitis and we didn't want her crying herself to sleep. We tried the ferber method and after about 3 nights, she'd only cry a minute or so and then go to sleep. After the other twin was feeling better, we put her in a portacrib in the playroom and let her cry it out for 1-2 nights and then we started putting them both in the same crib and they fell asleep just fine. For a couple weeks, they'd wake up several times at night and my husband would go in and give them their pacifiers, but for the last several weeks, they sleep through the night most of the time and we've cut out all night time feedings for the most part. One thing that we try to do to make sure they don't wakeup wanting to eat during the night is feed them rice cereal mixed with formula/breast milk half an hour to an hour before putting them to bed. I hope this helps. Unfortunately it's not an overnight fix, but hang in there! It will get better!

Shelley - posted on 03/06/2010

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I used the Baby Sleep Solution by Suzy Giordano when my b/g twins were 7 months. They sleep in diff cribs but in the same room. They're now almost 21 months and sleep fine. Sometimes one will stay up longer than the other and cry/whine. If it goes on long enough for me to go back in there, the other one's always asleep. They get used to hearing each other cry. During training though, we used a sound machine between their beds to try to drown out the sound as much as possible. As you know, all kids are diff. I don't think the straight up ferber method will work for some kids. I liked this book b/c it's kind of a mix. I gave it to a friend who had twins last Aug, and her boys started sleeping 12 hours/night by 2 months. Sound machine $4 at Target. Book $12 on Amazon. The couple weeks of sleep training twins are totally worth it once you finally get a good night sleep. Good luck!! =)

Becky - posted on 03/05/2010

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I have 7 month old twin girls that started sleeping through the night about a month ago. We were sleeping training the twins at separate times because one had bronchiolitis and we didn't want her crying herself to sleep. We tried the ferber method and after about 3 nights, she'd only cry a minute or so and then go to sleep. After the other twin was feeling better, we put her in a portacrib in the playroom and let her cry it out for 1-2 nights and then we started putting them both in the same crib and they fell asleep just fine. For a couple weeks, they'd wake up several times at night and my husband would go in and give them their pacifiers, but for the last several weeks, they sleep through the night most of the time and we've cut out all night time feedings for the most part. One thing that we try to do to make sure they don't wakeup wanting to eat during the night is feed them rice cereal mixed with formula/breast milk half an hour to an hour before putting them to bed. I hope this helps. Unfortunately it's not an overnight fix, but hang in there! It will get better!

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