How To Sleep Train Twins

A daunting thought: sleep training a single baby. Times two? Maybe three? Say less. It feels impossible, right? Parents of multiples are truly unsung heroes. These moms and dads take multi-tasking to a mastery level that feels supernatural. Like every human being though, sleep is a vital need. As heroic as our parents of multiples are…they need sleep too. Juggling twins who may have their days and nights mixed up, trying to potentially compensate for their adjusted age, and ultimately, getting their babies sleeping through the night, what is the best way to sleep train twins? 

How to sleep train twins

Sleep training is a crucial process for both babies and parents alike. When one baby wakes up at 9 PM, you finally get that twin to sleep by 9:45 PM (after feeding, swaying, rocking, and shhing), and both babies sleep for 15 minutes before the second baby is up at 10 PM, it may feel like your soul is slowly leaving your baby from sleep deprivation. Establishing healthy sleep habits not only ensures that babies get the rest they need but also helps parents maintain their own well-being. This is especially true for parents of multiples, where the benefits of sleep training can be amplified. Today, we’ll delve into effective strategies specifically tailored for sleep training twins.

Benefits of Sleep Training Twins

Sleep training offers numerous advantages for both babies and parents. For babies, it promotes the formation of consistent sleep patterns, which are vital for their development and overall health. For parents of multiples, sleep training can mean the difference between chaotic nights and a more structured routine that supports the entire family’s well-being.

But…How?!

Tip #1: Using White Noise 

White noise can be a game-changer when it comes to helping twins sleep. By creating a consistent, soothing background sound, white noise masks other disturbances and signals to babies that it’s time to sleep. Place white noise machines strategically in each twin’s sleeping area to promote a conducive sleep environment.

Tip #2: Create Safe Sleep Environment 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the ABCs of safe sleep:

ALONE – while the AAP recommends room sharing, they also recommend a separate sleep space for the baby. 

BACK – always place your baby on their back for sleep and be sure the surface is flat. Avoid any sleep positioners such as wedges or risers, and avoid any sleep-in swings, bouncers, or rockers.

CRIB – be sure your baby is sleeping in a crib or bassinet free of any pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or bumpers. The only thing you want in your baby’s sleep space is a fitted sheet and your baby. 

Also, if you haven’t already done so, make sure that you drop the crib mattress once your baby can pull themself up to a standing position in the crib. You don’t want your baby to accidentally fall out!

How to sleep train twins

Tip #3: Implementing a Bedtime Routine 

A bedtime routine signals to twins that it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep. Include calming activities such as a warm bath, gentle massage, reading a story, or singing lullabies. Consistency in bedtime rituals helps twins recognize and anticipate sleep time. 

PRO TIP: You don’t want to set your babies down in their crib for nap or bed when they are falling asleep or asleep. Your bedtime routine should help relax them and get them ready for sleep, but it shouldn’t put them to sleep.  

Tip #4: Keeping a Sleep Log 

Tracking your twins’ sleep patterns and behaviors can provide invaluable insights into their sleep needs and progress during sleep training. Note when they nap, wake up, and any challenges encountered. A sleep log helps you identify patterns and adjust your approach accordingly. 

Once you have a good idea of their patterns, you will need to start sleep training and implement your method of choice to adjust their schedules so that they are eating and sleeping at the same time. 

Tip #5: Establishing a Sleep Schedule 

Consistency is key when it comes to sleep training twins. Setting and sticking to a predictable sleep schedule helps twins establish a rhythm, making it easier for them to fall asleep and stay asleep. Coordinate nap and bedtime routines to sync with each twin’s natural sleep cues. Use your sleep log (from tip #4) to set up your twin’s for success with appropriate nap and bedtimes, which will give them the best opportunity to learn to fall asleep independently.  

How to sleep train twins

Sleep training twins requires patience, consistency, and a tailored approach that recognizes their individual needs. By incorporating strategies like white noise, maintaining a sleep schedule, keeping a sleep log, and establishing a bedtime routine, parents can support their twins in developing healthy sleep habits. Ultimately, sleep training benefits not only the twins themselves but also the entire family, fostering a more restful environment for everyone involved. For more information and tips, check out our blog, “How to Get Twins to Sleep at the Same Time.” 

Sleep Shore Sleep Consulting 

If you find yourself struggling with formal sleep training, you are not alone. It can be a difficult journey to navigate alone…especially when you are navigating that journey with two babies. A pediatric sleep consultant can help empower you to feel confident about the choices you are making and give you a customized plan. Our plans are unique and will fit both of your babies needs with specific sleep training methods that consider who your child is as a person and what is best for you and your family. Sleep Shore offers personalized solutions for each unique sleeping situation to get your little one on track- whether they’re a newborn, infant, or toddler. We also offer in home sleep training services in the Boston, Massachusetts and Michigan area. Sleep training offers babies and children with the skills to fall asleep on their own so they can wake up feeling more well-rested- and in turn, you’ll feel more energized, too! See what this mama had to say about our sleep services below: 

“Working with Danielle was amazing! We hired Sleep Shore to help create a customized sleep plan for our 3-month old son, and at the end of one week we saw incredible improvement! He was taking longer naps in his crib during the day, and we successfully moved him to his own room at night. Being able to communicate with Danielle all day, everyday for the entire week was so helpful as we navigated our son’s new sleep schedule. We highly recommend Danielle and the Sleep Shore team!”- Dad of a 3 month old

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