Should Your Twins Sleep In The Same Room?
Twins or multiples are a pure joy – you get extra cuddles and kisses, they have a built in playmate, and you get two or more babies for the price of one pregnancy. (Mind you, it was an extra tiring pregnancy!)
There are many other benefits to multiples, and of course with those benefits comes extra challenges as well. One of the challenges I’m very familiar with is sleep. Should your twins sleep in the same room? How do you settle more than one baby at a time? What if both babies are crying and I’m all by myself?
As they get older, new sleep challenges emerge. How do I get my twins or multiples to stop talking at bedtime? Do I keep them in the same room?
Here are a few things to keep in mind if your toddler twins would rather play and talk, than sleep.
Unless you have many extra bedrooms in your house with no one using them, it makes more sense to keep twins or multiples in the same room.
Keep Them Together
Your twins or multiples have been together since their time in the womb, so help keep that bond close by having them sleep in the same bedroom. Unless you have many extra bedrooms in your house with no one using them, it makes more sense to keep twins or multiples in the same room. If you are worried that their noises will wake each other up, keeping them together will actually help them get used to each other’s sounds, rarely disturbing their sleep. This is especially important if you are doing some sleep training, as they will soon get used to sleeping through each other’s protests.
You can help avoid this by moving their beds or cribs to opposite sides of the room.
Reorganize the Bedroom Layout
Not only do twins or multiples have a tendency to talk to each other when they should be sleeping, but they will also try to touch or pass things to each other as well. You can help avoid this by moving their beds or cribs to opposite sides of the room. This will not only create a physical distance, but it will also be less distracting if they can’t see each other.
An overtired child will fight bedtime more; so make sure they are in bed before they get their second wind.
Choose an Appropriate Bedtime
Ensure your twins have an appropriate bedtime to reduce bedtime battles and shenanigans. An overtired child will fight bedtime more; so make sure they are in bed before they get their second wind. If you are finding your twins are talking quite a bit at bedtime, move their bedtime earlier so that they can get their daily debrief over sooner and fall asleep at a more reasonable time.
Use White Noise
Use a white noise machine, fan or humidifier in their room to help drown out each others voices, and lull them to sleep. It will also help drown out household or street noise. Just make sure it is at a reasonable volume, and a safe distance from their beds. Read more on white noise in your baby’s room.
This Too Shall Pass
All children will go through phases when it comes to their sleep, and twins and multiples are no different. The novelty of having a roommate will wear off, and they will soon start to choose sleep over chatting and yelling to each other.