Silja - posted on 03/19/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
Our 13 months old boy/ girl twins sleep in the same room with us right now (large master bedroom), but are in separate cribs. Due to positioning of the cribs in the room, they can't see eachother unless both stand up at the corner of their cribs. We want to move them to their own room(s), we feel they are ready and it would give all of us a better nights sleep.
I am strongly considering moving them to separate rooms, because a big problem we are having is that we haven't had a single night in 13 months where they both slept through! And when one wakes, unless it is just for a quick gulp of the bottle or a pacie re-inserted, we have to pick them up and take them into the livingroom, otherwise they'll wake the other one up with crying or loud fussing- as well as waking the other parent! Of course once they are in the livingroom they want to play, and it takes an hour or more to get them back to sleep. If I weren't a SAHM I couldn't cope at all, but even with a bit of a nap when they nap during the day it's hard....
Anyways: How do you handle bed time routine when they end up in different beds in different rooms? Our current routine is both my husband and I taking one twin each: 8pm nappy change, go into dark bedroom (little light from the hall), formula bottle and talking about their day, 2-3 lullabys, then put them in their crib while very sleepy, but usually not asleep yet. Keep a hand on them for a few minutes and they drift right off (it's the waking in the night we have a problem with, not the bedtime routine). I guess we could keep the same thing, but I usually do the singing :P
When did you move your twins to separate rooms? Anything else we should consider before the move?