Sleeping routines

Catherine - posted on 07/25/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Can anyone give me advice on how to get my twins into a bedtime routine. They are almost eight months old(6mths corrected). At present have no routine, have tried bathing then bottle and putting down once sleep but they generally wake up when i put them down. Most nights it is after 9pm before I get them settled properly and then my son wakes through the night as he rolls onto his tummy and either gets stuck or loses his dummy. Should also mention that most nights it is just myself as husband often works late. I would really like to try and get them into a routine before I go back to work in november.

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Diana - posted on 07/26/2009

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My twins are almost 2 months old. I start bath time between 7:30 and 8pm. I use lavender and chamomile scented wash and lotion. It seems to calm them. Then they get a bottle and fall right to sleep. If they are still awake, I usually lay them down in the crib and let them fall asleep by themselves. Sometimes they fuss for a while, but they usually just falll asleep. If they have a hard time, I have a "Mommy Bear" in the crib. It makes the same sound that they heard in your womb. Its familiar to them so they relax and doze right off. As for doing it on your own, I don't know. My fiance is here with me. My daughter sleeps through the night, but my son still waked up after about 4-5 hours hungry.

Shereen - posted on 07/26/2009

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Wow! i think you have a very hard job ahead of you but it can be done. i have boy/girl twins who are almost 11 months. ever since they were born i followed the same bedtime schedule (shower, bottle, bed). Routine is the best thing for both child and baby. Don;t expect it to make a difference from the first day but eventually the babies will get the idea and start to expect what is coming next. some advice on putting babies to sleep...don't let them fall asleep whiel drinking their milk. they should go to bed still awake but drowsy and tired. i know this is so much easier said than done but its really the only way. you need to let your children fall asleep on their own. the reason why they are waking up again is because the only way they know how to sleep is with a bottle to soothe them to sleep. they need to stop relying on that. as for the rolling over i started putting them to bed on their tummy i think the risk of SIDS goes down at that age. this process will probably be hard and but do it for bopth children at the same time and let them get used to falling asleep in thier bed even if their brother or sister is crying next to them. soon your babies will start being able to stand up in bed or sit up and it willbe even harder to get them to sleep. so start earlier on!



i hope i helped this is one of the hardest things you have to do as a mother but trust me its the best for baby because they need a good noght sleep and they are not getting them when they wake up several times a night.



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Shereen

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