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When did your twins start sleeping through the night and do you have any suggestions on how to make that happen?

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Asked by emabkel at 9:23 AM on Oct. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The VAST majority of babies do NOT sleep all night and certainly not every night. Five hours is considered a sleep through. So if you are getting that you are quite fortunate. sleep patterns in babies change frequently in the first year so a baby that may sleep a long stretch last week won't necessarily do it this week. They are growing rapidly, and may be dealing with teething, have to potty, or new milestones. Children also do not spend as much time in deep sleep (with good reason) as adults -- so they are designed to wake up more. There is nothing wrong with babies that don't sleep 10-12 hours (that's very unusual). Even adults wake at least once just to turn over or to pee even if they don't remember waking up. It is easier for adults to adapt than it is to force the issue. It may work temporarily for a small percentage of children, but for the majority it can really backfire and make sleep worse.

    Answer by amileegirl at 10:44 AM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • ...and create a problem that wasn't there in the first place. There are some thing that can help encourage sleep. Daytime activity. You can wear twins in a wrap like a moby and go out and about with your day. Babies are very stimulated by things we find mundane. They'd much rather be upright and with you watching, than lying down in one spot. Don't bathe near bed time. While some babies relax, others get fired up and wired from a bath that they find fun. Especially with scented soaps and lotions...they often are stimulating not relaxing. Babies sleep better in proximity to activity (they are designed this way by nature) so keeping their bed in your room can make a difference. Avoid "putting" babies to bed for naps or down when they are not tired. Babies develop their own rhythms quite naturally, but forced sleep tends to be stressful sleep. Develop routines around natural rhythms

    Answer by amileegirl at 10:49 AM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • look up the book "On Becoming Baby Wise" Good nights of sleep ARE possible. Both of my kids slept through the night at 9-10 weeks (8+ hours straight) the book even has a section on multiple births.

    Answer by TZimm at 1:02 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • How old are your twins? Your profile is awfully empty...

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:09 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Babywise has caused countless babies to suffer from failure to thrive. The Ezzos have been removed from their churches. Theirn own children have cut off contact. The AMA, WHO, and AAP have all agreed that those methods are dangerous and abusive. Especially if you are breastfeeding the rigid scheduling will kill your supply. I can't velieve people still recommend that horrid book and its practices. Babies aren't robots.

    Answer by amileegirl at 1:46 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

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