Sleeping Arrangements for Twins?

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Sleeping Arrangements for Twins?
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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 4:08pm

Hello ladies! The time is drawing nearer and I haven't even begun to wrap my head around everything yet. Big question though. I am and always have been terrified of SIDS. I feel like it's one think that is out of my control when it comes to my babies' safety and it really terrifies me. DS slept in a bassinet in our room for a few months, then he moved to his crib, still in our room until he was like 8 months old. He was only ever allowed to wear a sleep sack and that's it...no blankets, pillows, stuffies, etc. I felt like it was the most I could do to keep him safe.

With two coming, how does this work? I've heard that twins will be most comfortable and feel most secure, sharing a crib for the first few months. This does NOT ease my SIDS fear. With an extra body in the crib, wouldn't that increase the chances of SIDS? If you sleep your twins together (or plan to), how will you do it...side by side? Foot to foot? Head to head?? How can I make their shared sleeping environment as safe as possible, or would I be better off sleeping them in separate cribs?

TIA for any feedback or advice you can give!!

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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 5:38pm

Mine will be sleeping in the same crib for as long as they will fit, once they start moving around they will be put in seperate cribs.

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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 8:47pm
I co-sleep, but my twins nap in their cribs. They still sleep side by side in one. I hope someone else chimes in on how they do it around the clock.

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 1:35am

Your babies will probably start waking each other up by being in the same crib before they're ever a suffocation threat to one another. I put my twins side by side in a pack-n-play bassinet. I think being together was a real comfort for them. By the time they were 8 weeks old, they were waking each other up because they somehow (still not sure how) would scoot little by little until the tops of their heads touched. So that's when we put them in separate cribs in the nursery (same room, but not with us). They are almost 4 and still share a room.


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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 9:25am

I have an add on question to this thread.

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 10:59am

My twins slept side by side for the first 4 months, until one started rolling on the other and I put them in separate cribs. I agree with the other posters, if you don't smoke and have the other risk factors, than your risk for sids is low.

I remember one time I put my babies feet to feet and when I came back they had scooted side by side somehow. It kind of freaked me out, but I know no one had moved them! Twins like to be by each other, and I think it is even safer to have them next to each other because they can sense the other one and it makes them feel calm and safe.

I plan to put these two in the same crib for the same reasons, hopefully they will do as well.

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 8:36pm

I used fleece sleep sacks with my DD, and I only put a little thin onesie on underneath (not another sleeper -- just the short-sleeved, no-legs kind), and it was perfect. Some babies are just sweaty though (my DS was/is a sweaty kid!), so if one or both of your babies wake up flushed or sweaty, then switch to the lighter fabric. Otherwise, it should be fine. :)


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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 11:46pm

Thanks ladies. I will most likely sleep the babes in the same crib for a while in our room, much the same way we slept ds in a bassinet in our room. I didn't know they made crib dividers. I think I'll grab one just in case. And I didn't think that the movements of one twin might keep the other twin in a lighter state of sleep, making SIDS less of a risk.

Thanks for the feedback!

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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 10:26pm

...mine slept better in completely different cribs...so if one way isn't working...


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