When you're a parent with multiples, you sometimes need different baby sleep training tips than the standard advice given for training just one baby. Not getting enough sleep for any mom is a challenge, but it can be highly stressful when you're also a work-at-home mom. If you become sleep deprived, the entire family suffers in addition to the negative impacts on your personal health. Here are some tips to help you and your babies get enough sleep:
Tip # 1: Work with Your Spouse
It's easier to go it alone at night when you have one baby. When you're baby sleep training multiples, you need the help of your spouse. You should both sit down and figure out how to manage a night schedule, and how that may impact his work schedule and yours. For example, he may agree to get out of bed and bring the babies to you for nursing until a certain time. He may also agree to put them back to bed when they fall asleep. He'll need to sleep for work, and so maybe you can agree to wake up early and get your babies yourself so that he can sleep.
Tip #2: Try a Sleep Schedule
Try, but don't force, a sleep schedule on your babies. For example, if your babies are less than six months old, try putting them down for naps every two hours and see how they respond. If it works out, then you should develop a night time sleep schedule, and stick to it. Some babies don't want anything to do with following a schedule, and so this may not work out. Don't get frustrated though, because other tips may work with them.
Tip #3: Keep Them Together
Put all of your babies down to sleep at the same time. Wake them up at the same time too, whether it's for feeding, changing or to start the day. Depending on how many you have, you may need to stagger the wake up times slightly, but don't make the time apart too long. You should also allow them to sleep together in the crib. They will enjoy each other's company, and may sleep longer as a result.
Tip #4: Routines at Bedtime
Establishing routines at bedtime is a baby sleep training tip that works well for one baby, as well as for multiples. It soothes your babies, and helps them to connect the routines to sleeping. Some activities, such as bathing, reading a story or singing to them, will calm them down and help to get them to sleep. You and your spouse can take turns, so that the person who's not doing the routine can take an early nap. Another option is to have one person do the routine on most days, so that the other can sleep early and be ready to get the babies out of bed for feedings.
Many of the other baby sleep training tips recommended for one baby may also work with multiples. You just have more babies to handle. Have hope that there will come a day when they fall asleep on their own, and they will sleep all night long, most nights.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.