Twins in the same bedroom... sleeping through the nite ?

Brittany - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi there I have 1 year old twin boys (Sept 10) was there b-day. They were born 10 weeks premature. They used to sleep through the nite when they were younger but haven't slept through the nite in months. I give them a snack and a bottle before bed. One of my boys goes to sleep on his own, the other has to be rocked. They only sleep for about 6-7 hours max and are awake. Then if one wakes up the other one does too. We usually end up taking one back into our bed to go to sleep and one stays in the crib with the mobile on and will EVENTUALLY go back to sleep. HELP! any suggestions on getting them to sleep through the nite and my one baby not needing to be rocked anymore.

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Kerry - posted on 11/02/2009

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I don't know where you live Brittany but here in Australia we have a fabulous book called Save our Sleep by Tizzie Hall, she is a baby whisperer. She explains how to get babies up to the age of 2 to self settle and sleep through the night. I have used her routines on my girls and they work a treat. Check out her website on Saveoursleep.com. Good luck. By the way she recommends the crying it out technique too, they have to learn to go to sleep on their own, but you must be consistent so as not to confuse the babies. all the best ;-)

Patricia - posted on 10/30/2009

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my b/g twins always took naps in shifts when they were babies but now they don't have a day sleep anymore,only on Sundays,and put them in different rooms. They still sleep in the same room at night and have no trouble with that.

Karen - posted on 09/22/2009

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My twins slept in the same room up to age 5. You will go through different stages of their lives and they are all challenging. This stage will pass and you will have another

one. I feel as even if you separated their rooms, you will still have the same problem.

Just do your best at what you feel is best for them. Their sleeping patterns will change. They will get better, then worse, then better again....that is just how it is. I wish you all the best and remember to just be patient day by day. Good Luck!

Karen in Charleston, SC

Leanna - posted on 09/21/2009

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I agree with Amanda Jewison. I had to do that with my twin girls. They are fixing to be 3 years old in about a week on the 29th. I know it does sound harsh, but it is the only way they are going to learn to comfort themselves and put themselves back to sleep. If you don't make them do it, they will continue to rely on either or both Mom or Dad to do it. I would also stop allowing them to sleep in the bed with Mom and Dad, because the longer you let them and the older they get the harder it will be to break them of the habit. My girls share a room and once they learned that neither Mom nor Dad were going to put them to sleep or let them sleep in the bed with them. They started to sleep more soundly (because they stopped listening to hear if Mom and Dad were near) and to sleep longer without waking during the night. If they did wake up they put themselves back to sleep. You will feel bad for the first couple of nights, but my girls caught on after only two nights of doing this. If they got up during the night wanting to get in my bed, I just put brought them back to their beds and told them that they needed to sleep in their own beds. It worked for me and my girls. Good Luck no matter what you decide to do. Just stick with whatever method you decide to use because if you change it repeatedly you will only confuse them as to what you expect them to do.

Amanda - posted on 09/21/2009

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I know it sounds harsh but you just have to let them cry it out. After a few days of crying themselves to sleep they will get the hint that mommy and daddy aren't always going to come running when they cry. They will start sleeping through the night without any problems. As for the rocking to sleep you just have to stop. Again he will cry but dont give in after a few days he wont need it anymore. Just make sure you have a solid bed time routine and stick to it. It will get easier, and i hate to say it but you will feel like a monster for the few days they cry it out but my twins sleep 12 hours through the night without exception.

Shanna - posted on 09/21/2009

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After we got past the scary stage of making sure they were breathing throughout the night, my girls have slept in seperate beds in the same bedroom. They started out about 2 ft from each other but now are in opposite corners of the room in big girl beds. At first it was a little tuff but we but them in thier beds, sang them a song, said our prayers, and kissed goodnight, turned out the light, and closed the door. This has been our routine for 4 years now. They are wanting thier own rooms now but not due to one waking the other up, just because their big bubba has a room of his own! :) Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 09/18/2009

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My twin's have always shared a room and I had to move there cribs close so they could see and touch each other if need be, it helped with mine. I agree on the noise though it helps when there is some type of noise in the room to drown out the other's noise!! Now that they are older and in big boy beds they still share a room but are on seperate sides so they have there on space!

Amy - posted on 09/18/2009

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I suggest having some type of consistent noise in the room like a fan or an air purifier...maybe that will somewhat muffle one waking up. Mine sleep through the night in the same room, separate cribs but I noticed if I don't have noise in there, they don't want to sleep becuase they hear eachother. Another suggestion would be a projector that plays music or nature sounds. Try having them stare at that on the ceiling until they fall asleep!

Katie - posted on 09/17/2009

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I know this doesn't work for everyone but I split mine into separate rooms and they are sleeping beautifully. I can let them cry at night and not have to run to them right away and let them fall back to sleep. If you have the space its something you might want to consider.

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2009

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I have my boys in separate cribs about a foot apart, so even though they are in different beds and won't wake eachother by moving about so much when sleeping (one sleeps in one spot all night, and the other moves around all the time) they're still close enough that if they wake up they can still look to see that the other one is still nearby. I also use what is called a "Sleep Sheep" for white noise when they wake up. It plays four different sounds (heartbeat, rain, ocean, whale) and has an adjustable volume and time limit. This helps them a lot. I didn't like to use the mobile because they would get all excited every time it was turned on. I tried moving their cribs farther away from eachother for a while, and that just didn't work....it was a scream fest every time one of them woke up because they couldn't see eachother.
Good luck!

Brittany - posted on 09/16/2009

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Welll they are in separate cribs... always have been. but in the same rom about 5 feet apart. What do u suggest to use for white noise? Ya my one boy will usually go back to sleep on his own, the other one is a mommy suck, and sometimes will just cry and i have to go back in ther agin... i've tried mobiles but that doesn't alkways work.

Stephanie - posted on 09/16/2009

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I have a similar problem one who needs mommy more at night and one who sleeps like a rock. I find with white noise and a great routine it helps a lot. are they use to sleeping next to each other?

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