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Schedule tip: wake them both up. If both babies are still asleep and it’s time to eat, wake them both up

to feed. success and use your props to get you through!

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sleeping arrangements. When the babies are very little, they will probably have an easier time napping in the same room. As they get older, you might need to adjust the sleeping arrangements. When my twins turned 8 months old, they started waking each other up and it prevented them from getting the quality sleep they needed. We were forced to separate them for naps. With only two bedrooms, we kept the lighter sleeper in his own crib and the deeper sleeper was moved to a pack and play in our master bedroom. It worked!

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While it would be nice for them to nap in the same room, I am in no hurry! Now, they get 2 hours of naps each day and are much more happy and alert when awake. One thing to know is that as your twins grow, the schedule will inevitably change. What worked one week might not work the next. Try to be patient and realize there will be many setbacks, even after your schedule is set. Expect to have to readjust your schedule as your kids go through different phases and as life (in the form of visitors, vacations, Daylight Savings Time, etc.) upsets the balance. Similarly, once your twins are sleeping through the night, expect that nighttime sleep will regress now and then due to illness, teething, growth spurts, or sometimes, for no reason at all! My boys were sleep-trained at 6 months old, but even now at 13 months,

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they often wake up during the night. I thought sleep training would be a magic wand (big eye-opener!). There are so many more nuances to getting a schedule down --- nuances that will be unique to your children and your situation. Be consistent with whatever is working in the moment and follow your instinct --- always! You will get a routine down and when you do, it will all be worth it. Julie Burt Nichols is an infertility and IVF survivor and a fulltime working mother to twin boys, Desmond and Alec, born on Halloween, 2012. She shares the adventure of twin life with her adorable husband, Michael, and her sassy Shepherd mix rescue dog, Willa. Julie is the newest member of the M.O.M. Squad, serving as Content Manager for Twiniversity.

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