What does a newborn twins schedule look like? How do you handle sleep with newborn twins?
Each twin family will probably have their own tips and tricks for managing sleep with newborn twins.
In this post, I wanted to share what we did in our family to give twin parents some ideas for a newborn twins sleep schedule.
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.
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What Is The Baby Draft?
The baby draft meant each night we would choose a baby to be in charge of.
This was made possible because the twins were bottle fed, with a combination of breast milk and formula.
Before bedtime my husband and I discussed which twin we were “drafting” for the night.
Generally, we would have the same baby for 1-2 weeks because their behavior was somewhat predictable in this time frame.
The “baby draft” is what worked best for us because we liked sleeping in the same room. It was also comforting to have your spouse with you for support, when needed.
A downside to being in the same room means you could be woken up when the twin you are not caring for needs to be fed or get a diaper change in the middle of the night.
How To Efficiently Change Diapers And Bottle Feed At Night
I found our system for nighttime feedings and diaper changes to be very fast and effective.
You can implement it whether you have one baby, twins, or triplets, etc.
We had a bassinet on each side the bed. And then, 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.
Sleeping In The Same Room With Newborn Twins
With everyone in the same room at night, it seems like you will never get any sleep.
I am a light sleeper, and at first, 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 had a somewhat predictable schedule and they were sleeping in longer stretches. This is when we felt comfortable having them separated from us.
Some other options for managing a newborn twins schedule 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. Good luck, the first 6 weeks with twins is exhausting, but you will survive!
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