Get Better Rest: Top Sleep Tips For Twins And Multiples

Getting one child to fall asleep is difficult enough- for parents of twins and multiples, it turns into an entirely different story. Twins and multiples are so much fun- but when it comes to bedtime, sleep is often impacted. Between distractions, differing schedules, and multiples ganging up to try and resist bedtime, it can become quite the handful. Although there may be a few additional bumps in the road in getting more than one kid to go to bed without a struggle, there are plenty of tips to help make it easier. Here are the top sleep tips for twins and multiples to get better rest as a family!

Top Sleep Tips For Twins And Multiples

Get Better Rest: Top Sleep Tips For Twins And Multiples

Here are some of the best sleep tips for twins and multiples to eliminate bedtime distractions, disruptions, and delays. First, let’s dive into a few common questions. 

Can Twins Share a Crib?

Although many parents have twins sharing a crib, no evidence cites any benefits. Twins may seem to fall asleep more easily in the short term- however, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding crib sharing as it increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It’s best to have each child sleep in separate cribs to avoid risks and complications down the road. However, you can still place your twin cribs close together so that they’re able to see each other if that helps them sleep more easily. Each family is different, and you know best when it comes to what works for yours! 

Does Room Sharing Impact Sleep?

In short, yes- sibling room sharing has the potential to impact sleep in both negative and positive ways. Differing sleep schedules, space, privacy, and arguments become more common in a shared space. However, sharing a room also teaches problem-solving skills, promotes better understanding and tolerance, encourages sharing, grows sibling bonds, and leads to many shared memories. For twins, sharing a room is often extra beneficial, as it encourages them to fall asleep at the same time and often helps them fall asleep more easily. At the end of the day, whether or not to room share depends on your unique family and living situation. If you’re curious to learn more, I have an entire blog post dedicated to this topic!

What’s the Best Way to Sleep Train with an Older Sibling? 

Finding a solid sleep routine can become tricky when different ages are thrown into the mix. Getting better sleep for the whole family comes down to coordinating schedules as much as possible, encouraging consistent routines, and including older siblings in the process. My blog post, How to Sleep Train with an Older Sibling, has lots of information on this topic.

5 Best Sleep Tips For Twins And Multiples

Here are some of the best sleep tips for twins and multiples to give your children the tools to develop better sleep habits!

Sleep tips for twins and multiples

Get Them On the Same Schedule

Set your twins or multiples down to bed at the same time to encourage a synced-up schedule. It may feel like a battle at first, but it will make bedtime SO much easier in the long run once they develop a similar routine. Also, if one wakes up to be fed, wake and feed the other as well to help them stay on the same timeline. 

Set Up an Optimal Sleep Environment 

Creating a sleeping environment for your little ones that is cool, dark, and quiet will set them up for a successful night of sleep. Sound machines are amazing for helping babies fall asleep, and blackout curtains are a game-changer for keeping out any natural light. This Yogasleep Rohm White Noise Machine is a great option, and these portable blackout curtains are perfect for at home or on the go. Check out these baby sleep products for more ways to set up your baby’s room for a restful night!

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Create a Bedtime Routine 

Bedtime routines don’t have to be a drag. They can become such a special bonding time for you and your little ones! Creating a consistent bedtime routine will encourage both positive sleep habits and hygiene. Draw a warm bath, read a bedtime story, and engage in a fun but relaxing bedtime activity (like legos or bedtime yoga). Establishing a bedtime routine will help your children become more accustomed to the idea that it’s time for sleep. If you’re looking for more guidance on bedtime routines, I have an entire section of my blog dedicated to the topic.

Maintain Consistency 

The easiest way to fall off track when it comes to sleep habits is by losing consistency. Try your best to keep the same schedule day in and day out to encourage a consistent sleep routine for your little ones. Switching up their schedule will create confusion and make it that much harder to get back on track!

Sleep training for twins and multiples

Sleep Training

Sleep training is life-changing for getting better rest. You can begin sleep training at around 4 months of age when babies can typically begin developing self-soothing skills. Sleep training is a huge game-changer (not just for twins and multiples) and can buy you back more sleep, time, and sanity. If you’re curious to learn more about sleep training, please feel free to reach out

Be Patient 

Be patient with the process- if you are consistent with your sleep habits and training, they will eventually learn the cycle that works for everyone (at least until they hit a sleep regression!). It may feel like the sleep deprivation is relentless, but hang in there- there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! 

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Sleep Shore Sleep Consulting 

Are you anticipating a big family transition and unsure how to navigate it? Or are you just exhausted in general? If you’re going through a rough patch with your sleep, Sleep Shore is here to help. We offer one-on-one sleep support for newborns, infants, and toddlers. Whether you’re dealing with early morning wakings, bedtime resistance, or sleep regressions, our goal is to teach your baby to self-soothe and get healthy sleep for the whole family! See what this mama had to say about our sleep services below: 

“Working with Rachel the last few weeks has been a great experience! She is a mother of two toddlers herself, so she really understands the different sleep challenges that can occur from the newborn stage on. Rachel helped me with my 2 and 3-year-old’s sleep schedules in order to combat early morning wakings, and gave me practical tips on how to avoid crib climbing and boundary-pushing. She is knowledgeable, dedicated, and passionate about helping families. I highly recommend Rachel to anyone who needs support!”

-MOM OF A 2 AND 3-YEAR OLD

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