Tips to Synchronize the Sleep Schedules of Twins

Raising twins is an exciting challenge. Double the fun, love, memories, and giggles; twice the diapers, bottles, baths, and tears. Synchronizing twins' sleep schedules is a positive for everyone. It allows parents time to recharge and ensures the babies will be awake at the same time to feed and play together. Here are some tips to achieve a good schedule...

1. Identical vs. Fraternal. Identical twins will be much more likely to naturally fall on the same sleep schedule as they should have the same biological sleep needs. Fraternal twins will have to do some adjusting with encouragement from their parent(s).

2. Sleep Environment.  It is acceptable to put the twins in the same crib while they are infants, but once one or both twins are able to move/roll they should be separated. Whether or not the twins share a bedroom is up to the parent. If they do share, a noise machine will be essential to make sure they do not keep each other awake.

3. Bedtime Routine. When creating a sleep routine for your twins, be mindful of logistics. Try to include activities that can be done for both babies at the same time. Reading, singing, and rocking together in a chair are all good options. Baths and bottles are more difficult to incorporate as they will leave one twin waiting which can be hard if they are tired. That being said, make sure you always have a safe place to put one twin while you are putting the other in bed.

4. Same Exact Schedule?  In my experience with twins, it is perfectly fine to stagger sleep schedules by 15 minutes or so. It gives the parent or caregiver a few minutes to focus on getting one twin down and then the other. his allows the parent a little one on one time to bond with each baby separately. However, if you prefer to have them on the same exact schedule that is certainly fine as well, but always keep your expectations realistic.

5. Never Wake a Sleeping Baby? ou've heard time and time again "Never wake a sleeping baby". However, it may be necessary for the sake of synchronizing twins' sleep schedules. If one baby wakes to feed at night, wake the other one to eat at the same time. They should then be ready for their next feeding at the same time. Keep on this method until at least 4 months from birth. After that, you may want to experiment with letting the non-waking twin sleep as they may be ready to sleep through the night.