Baby Sleeping Issues: Twins Waking Each Other Up
Sleeping well may be a huge challenge for twins. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins is based on original research that I conducted. Your main strategy is to maintain very strictly synchronized baby sleep schedules for naps and night sleep. One down, both down. To accomplish this, it will be vital to get help. One mother cannot usually do this alone. Communication, constant communication, with fathers and other caregivers is essential to get a spirit of teamwork which is necessary to maintain strictly synchronized schedules.
After 6 months of age, you might have to allow some leeway if you determine that one twin always needs more sleep than the other. For example, you might allow one twin to have 20-40 minutes more snooze time for a nap before you wake up the twin to keep some semblance of a schedule. The adage, "Never wake a sleeping child" does not apply to twins.
More kids sleeping tips from Dr. Weissbluth:
- When toddlers climb out of their cribs
- Sleep for colicky babies
- Getting babies to fall asleep earlier
- Sleeping through the night
- Getting kids to stay in bed
- Crying at bedtime
- Keeping kids in their own rooms
- Teaching kids to fall asleep on their own
- Naps for fussy babies
- Crying it out
- Putting kids back to bed