This week’s question at the Multiples and More blog is all about naps.
- When they were infants, how did you get your babies to sleep/nap at the same time?
When I was on bed rest before we had the boys, I read “Healthy Sleep, Happy Child” and LOVED it. Butterfly was a POOR sleeper. She was up all the time. She could never go to sleep without being in my arms. I vividly remember it taking over an hour to put her to bed, with me rocking, gently placing her in her crib, patting, soothing, and crawling out of the room praying I wouldn’t hit a squeaky board. I was not about do that with the boys because it made me loose my sanity! So I went looking for some inspiration and help. After reading that book, I realized that Butterfly was a poor sleeper because she was over tired. So I was determined to not let the boys get over tired. Starting the day we got home from the hospital, they had a bed time and set nap times. And I put them both down and the same time and got them up at the same time. They were champion sleepers though so I’m not sure I had much to do with it.
- If they wake up early from a nap, how did/do you handle that?
When they were babies, I honestly would let them play in their crib until they demanded to get out or drifted back to sleep. We never rocked them to sleep or laid down with them. I just put them in bed awake, gave hugs and kisses, and walked out. Still do that. Now, they pretty much wake each other up or I let one play until I hear them both.
- Do you have a minimum amount of time that you want your babies to sleep, or at least rest in their cribs for?
Yes I do! Of course I want them to be well rested and spending enough time resting is the key. Right now they need to nap for AT LEAST 2 hours at a time. They will go for 3 or 4 sometimes, depending on how active we are in the morning. And no, I do not wake them up unless it’s 6pm and they’ve been sleeping for at least 2 hours. I just let them go as long as they want. (Except on Sundays when naps don’t start until 3 and I get them up at 6 and put them down at 8.)
- Napping transitions (this is a big one!): How did/do you handle the situation of going from two naps to one, when one child is ready and the other(s) were not?
I sort of remember Pirate being ready for one nap and Professor not being ready. Sadly, life as a twin, sometimes things are not always fair. I forced Professor into taking one nap because Pirate was ready. And I’m okay with that. He eventually was okay with that too. Besides, I do love having one nap a day to worry about. It makes the mornings so much more fun! I think I went cold turkey with them and that morning nap and moved their afternoon nap from about 2pm to 11pm. Then I gradually pushed it back half an hour every other day until I hit 1pm. That’s where I stopped. They will nap from 1pm-4pm consistently. Love it!
- If you have older multiples- how did the transition to toddler beds affect their sleep patterns? When did naps *gasp* come to an end?