Sleeping schedule

MaraNatha - posted on 01/06/2016 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi moms, My name is MaraNatha. I'm 37 and a single, first time mom with twin girls. Although my girls are 6 months old now,I can't seem to get them to sleep through the night. They'll wake up about 10 or 11 and want to stay up and play till 2 and 3am. I need some help. I be. so tired

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Dove - posted on 01/07/2016

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lol I'm not exactly an expert... and mine are 14 now, so it's REALLY hard for me to remember GOOD specifics of infancy.

Mine were schedule fed from birth. They shared a crib until around 5 months when I had to get up multiple times in one night cuz they kept rolling into each other and kicking each other in their sleep. The one that got kicked would wake up and cry... and that would wake up the kicker to cry... lol I switched them to separate sleeping spaces (one in the crib, one in the pack n play until we bought a mattress for our second crib) the very next day.

Other than that night... they were only waking once in a 12 hour night by 3 months old (which happened when they got their own room... together, but not w/ us), but they did that on their own. Anytime they woke I'd just nurse them back to sleep... so I probably don't have any actual 'words of wisdom' for this situation.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2016

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I take it they share a bed and a room with you? This does make it complicated. We need our resident twin expert to sound in.....Dove?

MaraNatha - posted on 01/06/2016

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So what do I do if they start crying, won't go back to sleep, looking at me with those big ol eyes, don't want the bottle. I can't stand the crying. It makes me cry. Should I make them sleep in separate pack n plays. They had separate bassinets but they outgrew them. They keep crying. Ik this routine I'd going to take a while.

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2016

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Just let them fiddle. As long as they aren't hollering for you and can't get at each other. They'll settle themselves soon.

MaraNatha - posted on 01/06/2016

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Lol yes they are. Baby a/ sucks her thumb and fights to the end to go to sleep and prefers to be layed down and have her bottom rocked to go to sleep and baby b/ is easier, she likes to be rocked to sleep and usually goes with any problem but once she wakes, she wanna babble and smile and carry on. I'm trying something I read online today that my mom sent me but if my child or both wakes, do I make them lay down or I just let them fiddle in the dim till they go back to sleep

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2016

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Stubborn little ladies! Do they have a napping schedule? or do they just go down whenever for as long as needed? I know i am asking tons of questions but I am trying to think of what can help you.

MaraNatha - posted on 01/06/2016

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A lot of good questions. Well, use to work and the girls had to be up at 5am to get ready for daycare but the Similac milk they are on made them have diarrhea so the daycare provider said they couldn't come since they had that. And I didn't have anyone else to watch them. The only family I trust to watch my girls is my sister but she had 5 of her own and she does the working while her husband stays at home but I wouldn't have him watching mine. So now, yes they do sleep allot during the day. No, they've never slept through the night. 5 or 6 hours straight has never happened. Once they're up,I let them play, feed them, play with then myself, read books etc. Near bedtime which is 8, they're already fed Ann's they are getting their baths and then a warm bottle. They go to sleep 98% of the time after this but only sleep for an hour or so. I give them a bottle when they wake up at night but usually they aren't hungry so they are just up. I use dim light and soft relaxing music CD or gospel baby songs. They listen but they are still up

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2016

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Do they have long periods of sleep during the day? Babies can get day and night mixed up but your girls a bit old for this. Have they ever slept thru at night? Even for a 5-6 hour stretch from (11pm-5am)?
Typically at 6 months baby needs about 14-16 hours of sleep over a 24 hour period. A well rested baby will actually sleep better at night then one who has been kept up all day in the hopes of he/she sleeping all night.
What is the current schedule of napping and bedtime? When they wake at night, do you feed them or are they just up? i found that keeping the room very dimly lit and only speaking in whispers tuned my babies into sleep time vs awake time. Do you work? If so, do they go to daycare or do you have a sitter?

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