Sleep With Newborn Twins – The Baby Draft
How do you handle sleep with newborn twins? Each family will handle this differently, but I wanted to share what we did to give you some ideas. We did not have a plan for night care before the twins arrived. This was mostly due to the fact that we just didn’t know what to expect. What ended up happening was the “The Baby Draft”, a term coined by my husband.
Handling Sleep With Newborn Twins
What does the baby draft mean? Each night we would choose a baby to be in charge of. This was made possible since the twins were bottle fed. In our case their diet consisted of a combination of breast milk and formula. Before bed we discussed which twin we would be in charge of. Generally, we would have the same baby for 1-2 weeks because their behavior was somewhat predictable in this time frame. In the end, “The Baby Draft” is what worked best for us. We liked sleeping in the same room and it was comforting to have your spouse with you for support, when needed.
Nighttime Feedings And Diaper Changes
I found our system for nighttime feedings and diaper changes to be very efficient. This system works well whether you have one baby, twins, triplets, etc. We had a Rock ‘N Play sleeper on each side the bed. On each nightstand we had a waterproof pad, diapers, wipes, bottles, bottled water, and formula. This set up allowed us to never leave the bed. We could do diaper changes and mix formula on demand from bed. We found it was much faster to mix formula on demand rather than using a bottle warmer for pre-mixed formula.
Disturbances While Sleeping
With everyone in the same room at night, it seems like you will never get any sleep. At first, since I am a light sleeper, I would be disturbed when the twin I was not in charge of woke up. But, after a week, I was so exhausted, I could roll over and go back to sleep no problem. The twins stayed in our room for the first 12 weeks. After this time, I was anxious to get them out because it’s pretty distracting to sleep with TWO newborns in your room. We moved them to their own room once they were sleeping in longer stretches and we felt comfortable having them separated from us.
Some other options for managing sleep with newborn twins include:
- Have one parent in charge of both babies for the whole night, while the other one sleeps. I know many twin parents that have used this strategy.
- Hire a night nurse. If I did it all over again, I would probably look into this option just to get a break every once in a while.
I hope this post has given you some answers on how to deal with newborn twins and sleep. If you are looking for more tips surviving twins, check out the rest of our twin posts here.