Child Sleep Solutions (cont.)
You need to reread everything I've said about routines, as that's even more important for moms of twins, mainly because there is only one of you!
You can work towards better night sleep by weaning them from that sleep-time bottle. (We spoke about that earlier -- less fluid/adding more water over time.)
Swaddling is a good thing if they enjoy it. But as they get older and too old to swaddle try warm sleeper pajamas which give a similar feel of enclosure.
White noise and lullabies playing softly all night might help too.
First, make sure you are creating good sleep cues. These are NOT rocking, bottle, pacifier or breastfeeding every time your child falls asleep as he will come to rely on that every time he wakes in the night. (Remember that all human beings wake up five or more times every night when going through sleep cycles.) The sleep cues that you want are white noise, cozy bed, and darkness. And a good naptime schedule helps a lot.
When your baby wakes in the night you should be minimally helpful, keep the room dark, don't talk or sing or play. Be boring. Your little one will learn that dark, night is for sleeping.
Keep in mind, that most of us wouldn't leave our babies alone for 10 minutes during the day, yet we want them to be alone for 11 hours at night. This is something they will grow into. (And so will we.)
And no, eating before bed is not a bad thing -- if it's a healthy snack. Actually, professional bodybuilders and other athletes often have a snack right before bed for healthy fuel.
Always remember this very important point when it comes to taking care of your child: Do what works for your family. There are no "rules" about children. No matter what any expert says (even me!) it is most important that you follow your own heart and do what works best for you and your family.
I'm sending big hugs to all of you and to your sweet children too.
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