Wondering if anyone with toddler twins has had them share a twin bed?

Caren - posted on 07/29/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Toddler beds are not working out so well for my 2 1/2 yr old boys, so I'm considering trying a twin bed since they seem to end up together most of the time anyway? Any thought? Suggestions? This transition has been MISERABLE! Going on a month with no improvement....

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Robin - posted on 09/18/2011

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I wouldn't change it to a twin, if they are sleeping through the night they are fine. My twins shared a bed for a long time. eventally got to big for the youth bed together and used their own just push the beds together. they are 14 now and they have ther own rooms but still end up one sleeping on the floor of the others room. they are very independant when the are not going to bed, but there is some scence of confort in being together that they still need.

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Caren - posted on 09/21/2011

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I have given up! Now, we have had to remove the beds from their rooms because they started moving their toddler beds around, ripped a picture off the wall, and the glass smashed all over the floor. So, they are now in their room with their crib mattresses on the floor and NOTHING on the walls, their dresser, etc. Now, they think it's fun to flip the mattresses all over the place. I'm at the end of my rope... :(

Rachel - posted on 09/21/2011

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help i have just put my twin girls in bed they are nearlly 3 ,they have a bed each but my delemma is that my mum has cots and not sure if they would not want to go back to bed if they went in there cot for one night

Robin - posted on 09/18/2011

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I wouldn't change it to a twin, if they are sleeping through the night they are fine. My twins shared a bed for a long time. eventally got to big for the youth bed together and used their own just push the beds together. they are 14 now and they have ther own rooms but still end up one sleeping on the floor of the others room. they are very independant when the are not going to bed, but there is some scence of confort in being together that they still need.

Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2011

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My twin girls were the same way! I found a full size futon on Craigslist that has SO much room for them to roll around in and during the day, I can sit it up like a couch and they love to read on it. Their room isn't that big so I needed something either smaller or able to put away. The plus side is it's really low to the ground so I don't even bother with bed rails.

Ashley - posted on 08/27/2011

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I have 4 yr old twins and they share a full bed and my oldest sleeps on the top bunk. We are going to be changing that sometime in the future but for right now that works.

Kate - posted on 08/25/2011

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my girls shared a toddler bed even tho I had two. One always ended up with the other regardless. But as they outgrew the toddler bed they started waking up in the middle of the night I guess b/c space was tight. I think a twin bed would work but eventually they will outgrow that too. Maybe a full bed...

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I guess it would depend upon what is not working about the transition? Are they not staying in bed? Climbing into one bed? It's hard to say without knowing more. If it's just an issue of them bed sharing, what is the set up for their beds right now? Our twins have their toddler beds pushed up next to each other (basically, a double-sized toddler bed). Sometimes they end up in the same bed; sometimes not.

Nicole - posted on 08/09/2011

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My twins 6 years old now have slept in different beds since they have been about 2 months. As soon as they were to big for the play pen we had they went to their cribs and when the were old enough for beds they went straight to twin beds. They do share a full size bed at mawmaw's or when we go some place but they like to be close just not in the same bed. One likes to move around alot and the other steals the blanket LOL

Robin - posted on 08/05/2011

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I pushed the boys little beds togeather, worked for a long time until they wanted to get closer but they did like it better than having their beds on oppisite sides of the room, it also makes it easier for them to jump ship and go to each others beds, lol good luck. and if you buy twin beds be prepared to push those together also :)

Caren - posted on 08/05/2011

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Thanks, Kierstin! I'm leaning more and more towards converting to a twin bed! I'm just somewhat "attached" to their toddler beds because my grandpa built them for me and my sister when we were litte! But, if it means sleep, I'm willing to forego sentimentality! ;) Thanks for taking the time to post!

Kierstin - posted on 08/05/2011

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I have 3 yo B/G twins and they want to share a bed. when we transitioned them to toddler beds they always ended up together on one bed or the other, they were sleeping so I did not mind. Now we have bunk beds in another room for our 2 girls to share but the twins still insist on sleeping together, again they are sleeping so I do not care. Our son has a bed in the other bedroom with his brother but will not sleep there b/c his twin sister is not there. They even touch each other at night by holding arms etc to make sure the other twin is there. As long as they are sleeping, i have no problem with this. They are only 3 yet but I am sure as they get older they will want to seperate and have their own beds.

Kelly - posted on 08/05/2011

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This is what I have done with my 5 kids(including two sets of twins). Set up a crib in a different room and let them know that if they do not stay in bed they go to the crib. Give them a couple of chances then take one to the crib if they keep getting up. Explain that if they can not be big boys then they have to go to the baby bed. It only took my kids a couple of nights of going back and forth before they started staying in bed all night. If you do end up getting bunk beds just make sure you do not attach the ladder!!

Jenny - posted on 08/05/2011

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I have twin girls and the same thing was happening with them so i put them in a twin bed and they did great, they are 5 now and still sleeping in the twin bed. I suspect pretty soon though I will either have to get a full size bed or bunk beds for them as they are getting bigger

Karen - posted on 08/05/2011

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I am having similar problems with my 2 1/2 year old twins. I have a boy and girl, they have their own beds and love them. However, at bedtime they like to keep each other up. I tried removing all their toys from the room so they would know it was bedtime and that worked for a couple of days. Now they find other ways to keep each other awake. They, however, have never shared a bed. We have thought about putting them in their own rooms, but am not sure when or how. I kind of figure it'll work itself out, they need to know when its bedtime and what happens when they don't go to bed on time, such as be really tired the next day. We're still new at this ourselves, these are our first children.

Valerie - posted on 08/05/2011

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My twin girls slept in a twin bed together for many years.. they each had one, but they slept together in one or the other.. I think they did that until they were about 9 or 10 years old.. now they wouldn't ever admit it hahahha, now that they are almost 16.. but still sometimes I find them sleeping on the couch together.. but not in the same beds AHAHA... I think that twins at young ages know what they need.. they were inside the womb together for 9 monhts.. it makes sense they would want to sleep next to eachother afterwards too! ;) Good luck! Valerie~~

Beth - posted on 08/05/2011

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I have 3 year old twins boys, they have been twin beds (bunk beds separated) since December. They go back and forth sleeping together and then in their own bed. As long as they are sleeping fine, i don't care!

Karen - posted on 08/05/2011

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why don't you try pushing their toddler beds together first, before buying another bed...

Lisa - posted on 08/05/2011

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My boys, by their own choice have shared a full sized bed since they transitioned. It does no harm and they sleep happily. If they still want to do this at 16 I'll worry then, but for now I don't see a problem at all!!

Samantha - posted on 07/30/2011

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Twins truly are something else :) I know that with my twins terrible twos has a whole new meaning! I know your frustration, sometimes it seems like you just have to test out new things until you find whats best. The challenge is also finding out the magic for both children with different personalities. It wont let me reply to yours either lol...I see what your saying. Yeah we want to do bunk beds too but that will be later on. Idk what to suggest here is a site that might be more helpful http://www.preschoolerstoday.com/expertq... The only other advice I could give would be to reward them for when they have a good night sleep. I did some reading and there are alot of parents with twins who have a hard time with this. me and my husband used to rub their backs but eventually they started waking back up when we left the room. My twins are my first and I probably wont have anymore children. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a single then have multiples. Lol I am sure if it was reversed having a single baby after twins would be easier. Good luck and hopefully something works for you.

Caren - posted on 07/30/2011

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HI, Samantha. IDK why but it's not allowing me to just reply to you comment? I really appreciate your feedback! They seem to think their toddler beds are neat, but they just won't stay in them. Not sure the twin bed will solve the problem either, but I thought it might at least take the bed-hopping out of the equation. ;) Unfortunately, their room isn't big enough to put two twin beds side by side (but that's how their toddler beds are at the moment). My thought process was that I would just go ahead and buy their bunkbeds now. However, they are NOT ready for a top bunk yet, so I was thinking I could just try using the bottom bunk until they are bigger. I foresee ALOT of hospital visits if we did bunkbeds now! LOL I have some crazy active boys! LOL My oldest is 14 and singletons vs twins are like night and day! The transition was a breeze with him. It's proving to be quite challenging with my little monkeys!!! :)

Thanks again!!!
Caren

Samantha - posted on 07/29/2011

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Well my twins are 2 1/2 and they have their own twin bed. However, I have their beds right next to each other. You could just go with one full bed. My twins have been sleeping in their own bed since 15 months, because they were crawling in each others cribs lol so we switched to twin beds. It has been very nice. We have a routine at night. Bath, story, then tucking them in. It just depends on the child and your finances :) I think having a bigger bed will help plus you can tell them that since they are getting so big they will have a big kid bed.. That may help them feel more mature. Also, another idea you could put a small rolled up blanket in between them so they will have a little space but if they wind up together it wont be bad either. :) Idk its really up to you, hope this helps

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