Three tips for great sleep with multiples

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By: Erin Junker, Pediatric Sleep Consultant

Baby sleep can be daunting even when dealing with a singleton, but add a baby or two 
and you’ve got a recipe for sleepless parents on your hands! Here are my three tips for 
managing multiples’ sleep, to get the whole family healthy rest:

Tip # 1: Give your babies some space – If your babies are sharing a room (which is often 
the case with twins!), I suggest providing as much space as you can between their cribs. 
Rather than having the cribs side-by-side or end-to-end, place them on opposite sides of 
the room. Not only does this give you a better chance of avoiding them waking each 
other in the night, but it also deters “games” like pulling each other back and forth 
between cribs as they get older and can reach over the rails! (We’ve seen the YouTube 
videos – it happens!)

Tip # 2: Use a sound machine – placing a sound machine in the middle of the room 
between your babies’ cribs can help to reduce noises they may be making in their sleep 
that could cause their sibling to wake when they would have otherwise continued to 
snooze. I recommend using a “white noise” or “rain” setting, and having the sound 
machine 5-10 feet from your babies’ cribs, and on continuously through the nap and 
night (not on a timer).

Tip # 3: Do not let one sleep more than 30 minutes past the other – this is a big one! In 
order to help your multiples get on a similar schedule (which can also be very helpful for 
Moms and Dads and give you some more YOU time!), don’t let one sleep more than 30 
minutes beyond the other. Then, put them down for their next sleep at the same time. 
Don’t worry, the one who you woke later will still be tired enough for the next 
sleep-time – remember, you had to wake them up! They were tired and will be ready for 
another sleep when their sibling’s next snooze arrives.

Erin Junker is a Professional Infant & Toddler Sleep Consultant, and owner of The Happy Sleep Company, working closely with tired parents to help them help their little ones get the healthy, restful sleep they need. Follow The Happy Sleep Company on Instagram and Facebook - let’s get your family the healthy, happy sleep you deserve!

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