One of the things that really puzzled me when I was expecting my twins was what we should do about their sleeping arrangements. Having two babies to accommodate was a bit of a puzzle especially as space was very tight in our little house. I thought it would be helpful to share our approach that we took to our twins sleeping arrangements.
When we had our first child we used a Moses basket that we placed at the end of our bed. For our twins we decided not to use Moses baskets. We felt that two Moses baskets would take up a lot of space. We also didn’t feel that it was worth buying a second Moses basket and stand as we knew that it would have a relatively short life span.
Side by side
Instead of Moses baskets we opted for using a normal size cot with the twins sleeping side by side. I loved seeing the boys as tiny babies sleeping close to each other like this. This is one of my favourite photos of the boys as babies.
We didn’t ever swaddle my daughter when she was a baby (mainly because we didn’t know how to do it). By contrast the boys really seemed to like being swaddled. If they were a bit unsettled we would re-swaddle the boys and it really seemed to settle them. I don’t think this is necessarily a twin thing and is very much down to the preference of your babies. We stopped swaddling when the boys were about 3 months old and they were more in control of their movement. At this age we switched to using baby sleeping bags.
One at each end
Once the boys discovered they could wriggle around a bit more they started bumping each other and disturbing each other. We changed the way we positioned them in their shared cot with one twin at each end of the cot with their feet towards the end of the cot. This extended the amount of time that the boys could sleep in the same cot together.
When the boys started crawling they did start to bother each other quite a lot in the night. To stop them doing this we used a cot divider to make a barrier across the middle of the cot. This was a plastic wall designed to clipped between the bars of the cot. One of the boys slept on each side of the cot divider. I think if we had more space available in our house we would probably have put the boys in separate cots rather than using the cot divider.
We moved the boys into separate cots when they were just under a year old. We opted to put the boys cots side by side. This gave the boys their own space to sleep in but allowed them to still be close to each other. Recently the boys have learnt how to climb over the side of each other’s cots. They mainly do this in the mornings when they will climb into one cot and chatter with each other and play together. Very occasionally we will find one of the boys has climbed in with his brother and they are sleeping together. The only down side is that if one of the boys wakes up earlier than the other they do tend to wake up their sleeping brother.
Switching to beds
We are at the point now where we are planning to switch the boys from cots to beds. It feels like entering a new era. We are really looking at what beds we can use to make the best use of the limited space that we have available. Luckily my husband designs furniture for a living so we have scope for some innovative designs!
How have you figured out sleeping arrangements for your twins? Have you done something similar or have you taken a very different approach?