How to nap train difficult nappers?

Ayman - posted on 07/30/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Dear Fellow moms,

My twin boys are a bit over 4 months now. While we have settled on a routine with them, we are still struggling with difficult sleepers. They nap 20-25 mins at once and usually have to be rocked on their chairs or swung in their swings. We have been trying to have them fall asleep in their cribs during their day naps too - that has been a bigger struggle as they still need to be coaxed a lot before they're calm enough to fall asleep in the crib (if at all). Has anyone had these nap problems? If so, how have you fixed them? Also, how can you sleep train both twins simultaneously - considering that they wake each other up while crying it out (we're trying a gentle version of CIO)?

Thanks a lot!
Sleep deprived twin mom

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Kelina - posted on 07/30/2012

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I know my daughter didn't like sleeping in her bassinet but usually once she was asleep if I put her down she was ok. If that's all they nap, there's not really anything you can do to change that. I also know that both my older kids did quite well napping in my bed as opposed to in their own beds. I weaned them off that at about 6 or 7 months when I stopped napping.

Lady Heather - posted on 07/30/2012

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Never had twins but I can imagine why you would want them to be napping better on their own even at a young age! That's a lot of work! My youngest is a non napper. Well she was. She never napped over 30 minutes until suddenly at 9 months old she started napping 2-3 hours at a time. So it might just be a matter of waiting. We started gently sleep training at 7 months old because I literally couldn't put her down and with my husband away from home so much that simply made life impossible. It took a good month before she would nap perfectly happy in her crib, even for a short time. Blah. Can't imagine with two. Good luck!

Ayman - posted on 07/30/2012

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Keline - thx! Have you tried to put them to nap directly in their cribs with success? Or do you think they'd eventually do so if we transported them to the crib after they fall asleep?Also, what about the very short duration of their naps? I feel like they never enter deep sleep - any suggestions on how to prolong the nap duration?

Kelina - posted on 07/30/2012

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your twins are still too young for CIO. When they're older you can try putting them in separate rooms at bedtime then moving them if need be whe you go to bed but right now, it's ok to rock them to sleep or do whatever you have to do. Once you've gotten them into a routine of when they fall asleep, then start trying to put them in the crib once asleep. It'll get easier as they get older.

Ayman - posted on 07/30/2012

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Btw: we have tried noise machine, singing, etc. The boys seem to be resisting to fall asleep although their body language says they're sleepy. I know this could happen if they're over exhausted to sleep, but they show this behavior from their very first nap of the day

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