After two months without more than two consecutive hours of sleep, I was getting desperate. From what I read, keeping twins on a schedule helped them sleep best, so I researched what other moms of multiples were doing and combined those ideas to create a schedule. A few moms have asked me for it, so I included it as a PDF at the end of this post. Let me know if you have trouble opening it or if you want the Excel version.
The very first night on this routine, the boys slept four hours simultaneously for the first time. On the third night, they went seven hours between bottles. The morning after they slept the best, their faces glowed, which surprisingly made me feel guilty. I had been doing this so that I could get some sleep and didn’t think that they might be exhausted, too. That night is still the best we’ve done, but it’s only been about a week. We’ve had good nights (like last night) and bad nights (like the night after they had their first shots), but overall, this routine seems to be healthier for all of us.
The best advice I’ve gotten was from my mom; she said forget what everyone else says and do what works for you. Still, someone may be able to modify this and get some shuteye. The main goal of this schedule is to keep the boys awake after each feeding. Some say that this disassociates food with sleep and “wears them out” during the day. Whatever it does, the boys like it.
You’ll notice my notes on formula and bath time at the bottom of the page. Those are things I plan to blog about in greater detail soon. Compared to some, I change diapers often. I change them before they eat while many people say to change them after they eat to wake them back up. This works best for us because my babies won’t eat well with even a slightly wet diaper on. Then I change them again before resting time so that they rest more comfortably. Again, do what works for you.
I made copies of this schedule so that friends and family who come to help out will have a guideline. I’m more determined than strict with the schedule. If my babies are hungry a little earlier than routine, of course I’m going to feed them! And if they are uncontrollably drowsy, I’m not going to use wartime torture to keep them awake. This guide is simply an encouragement to me that I can maintain sanity with two infants. Hopefully it will be an encouragement to you, too. I’d love to read your thoughts and suggestions in the comments!