Twinfant Tuesday: Co-Sleeping

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Here we are in the second week of the new “Twinfant Tuesday” series where different HDYDI authors reminisce about the first year with twins. Today’s topic was inspired by a girl I knew in university. We lost touch over the last few years and recently got back in touch when I heard she is expecting twins! They may very well be here by now.

As any mom-to-be of multiples, particularly as a first-time parent, she was scouring the Internet looking for advice and tips on how to handle two at once! One very important question she had was sleeping arrangements in the early days with our twins.

I had to push back some cobwebs to get to that memory of Little Mister and Little Missy’s newborn days and nights. What I do recall was, for the first 6-8 weeks they were in a Pack n Play bassinet together, then in the same crib until 5 months.

As for co-sleeping with a parent, during those first few months (until they were about 3 months old), we would have one baby in a Close & Secure Co-Sleeper and the other swaddled in the crib with a tent-like cover to block cool air. It was the first winter in our house and freezing at night, so we wanted them to be warm.

Myself, I would often co-sleep with one at a time depending on who needed the attention. Usually it was Little Mister because Little Missy slept through the night at a very early age (4 months!)

I would not recommend having both babies in your bed at the same time, even if it is a King side bed. Since I was both nursing and giving a bottle, one or both of us had to get up anyways for feeding time so exclusively co-sleeping in the bed would not have changed anything.

It didn’t take us long to realize that quality of sleep with a baby (or two!) in the bed or nearby crib is not the greatest. But snuggling up with a cuddly newborn (or two!) is worth it… most nights.

Ambereen’s boy/girl twins are now 2.5 years old and she although she still enjoys snuggling up with her toddlers at bedtime..more often than not, she finds herself trying to tiptoe out of their rooms without waking them up.

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Ambereen is mom to two cute twins Mister and Missy, now with a third baby on the way! She’s Canadian eh, and lives in Canada’s capital with her husband. Between travelling and an active social life, she works full-time in the public sector in IT policy. She enjoys writing short stories interjected with subtle humour about life adventures, sharing recipes, and coming up with fun yet simple activities to do with the kids. After a short hiatus where life got in the way of writing, she is back blogging at 2Cute – Adventures in Twin Parenting. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences here at HDYDI about life with twins + 1. And yes, it’s only one this time!

2 thoughts on “Twinfant Tuesday: Co-Sleeping”

  1. We had our girls in the bassinet of the pack-n-play for the first month or so, next to our bed. After that we moved one of their cribs into our bedroom, and they shared that until they were about 9 weeks old. At that point, our pediatrician really urged us to move them to their own room.

    I was very hesitant…it felt so tough getting up so many times at night to soothe a crying baby only feet from my bed…I thought going all the way down the hall would be even harder.

    As it turned out, the girls were only a few weeks away from sleeping through most of the night (maybe 10pm – 5am). There were quite a few trips down the hall, but — for me — it was offset by sleeping more peacefully when the girls weren’t in our room.

    Moving the girls out of our room was the first step in getting a little semblance of “normal” back for me. I didn’t realize how much I craved a baby-free space until we had their gear out of our master bedroom.

    In hindsight, I think I would have done things much the same…I definitely needed to be close to the girls when they were tiny infants, but after a couple of months, I think it was good for all of us to establish “their” space, too.

  2. I slept next to my guys for 6 months (them in Rock N Plays, me on the couch or in bed). I would have tried co-sleeping but my husband had a lot of anxiety about the babies being in bed with us, enough so that it would have hindered his sleep. Looking back, I would have moved them to their room a month or two sooner! I was a nervous nelly about sleeping, fearful I would miss something if they needed me, but I think they (and I) would have done better without me waking to their every little move or whimper.

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