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I haven't had twins yet (obviously), but a good friend of mine has and she told me that when one woke up, they'd wake the other one up to make sure they were eating at the same time. I'm sure waking up a baby that's (finally) sleeping is not fun, but seems to make sense to me from a schedule perspective.
That is exactly what we did. When one woke up to feed I woke the other up and fed them together. 90% of the time it was my boy that woke up and I used to joke my little girl would never have gotten to eat if it weren't for her brother. The one time I decided to let her sleep though she woke up about 30 min after I put him down and I vowed never to do that again. To this day (they are almost 2) they are both on the same nap/sleep schedule and it works great. Yes, sometimes one jumps in their crib for a while before going down for a nap and sometimes one sleeps 30 min or even an hour longer on occasion, but they rarely give us issues ... so .. in the first few months when you are NEVER getting sleep ... remember .. it DOES get better.
My twins were in the NICU for 4 weeks and were on a feeding schedule where they ate 30 minutes apart. When they came home we let them feed on demand (but didn't let them go for longer than 4 hours), but they still seemed to stay on a pretty similar schedule. There are days where everything is wacky and it seems like they are on completely opposite schedules, but for the most part they are in sync
Originally Posted by Rae-of-Sunshine
The one time I decided to let her sleep though she woke up about 30 min after I put him down and I vowed never to do that again.
Same thing here...it only takes once and then you never make that mistake again
And it DEFINITELY gets better the older they get!
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My twins are ID and I've read it's easier to get and keep them on the same schedule because they are more likely to eat similar amounts, sleep similar amounts, meet milestones at the same time etc. When one woke, we woke the other to eat. Every few weeks we'd go a night without to see if one could sleep longer and the second kid would always wake shortly after the first was done eating.
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I agree with the other mommas -- when one wakes to feed, wake the other. There are times when I thought it was almost impossible and it would just be easier to feed one at a time. My DH helped a lot especially with the night feedings. It was easier to feed one at a time in the first few weeks -- I'd feed one and my husband would change/cuddle the other, then we'd switch.
Then we tried each being responsible for one baby, so we'd both wake and handle the one (changing and feeding). But then there were times when that wasn't fair, b/c one of the babies would wake more than the other.
Once they were able to sit in those Boppy Loungers, feeding time became a lot easier. Put them both down, hold bottles for them. Bing bang boom -- done.
I wasn't one of those that started on a routine and stuck to it, I tried many different ways. Eventually it was the girls themselves that put themselves on a routine. One night they both decided to sleep through the night together -- it's like they were on the same brainwaves or something.
Since then, me and my DH just maintained what the had going on ;-)
I feel like every moment up until about 9 months was something new that had to be added to or changed in the routine. I wouldn't say it was HARD, but I don't think that there is one way to do it. The hardest thing is figuring out what works best for you - we wound up trying everyone's advice and none of it worked for us ;-) .... one day it will just click and you'll be like WOW.
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