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Twins kept you up all night again, didn’t they?
What if I told you there was a shockingly easy way to get your twins to sleep through sleep training?
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You would probably call me a lier. I didn’t believe it was possible either.
But it is true! I made it happen in less than ONE WEEK once I got serious.
I waited for what seems like forever (that’s what six months without sleep and twins feels like) to get going on a good sleep pattern for them.
I was just hoping they would figure it out, ya know?
Like those happily ever after stories that must happen because everyone just ASSUMES baby is sleeping through the night after they’re two minutes old.
I cannot tell you how many times friends, family, strangers at the grocery store asked me that dumb question.
NO they aren’t sleeping through the night. You know they’re only a few months old right?? And they need to eat 24/7??
But once we reached the six month mark I begged their pediatrician for information. I NEEDED sleep.
I couldn’t begin to explain to you the level of exhaustion I was feeling. I’m so thankful that I used trackers like the ones I made for you guys at this point in my twin momma-hood.
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I couldn’t remember the day, time, not even when the last time the twins had a bath.
I was a mess. An exhausted, in need of a shower, mess.
If you are at the same point as I was, this guide is made JUST for you.
Something you probably won’t be too happy to hear is it does involve a modified version of the Ferber Method.
If you are unfamiliar, the Ferber Method is based on the cry-it-out method. In short- you let your twins learn how to fall asleep on their own by crying it out.
I know how scary, and unloving that might sound to many parents out there. It is a very controversial subject in parenting.
I, however, feel that it was the best way to get our twins to learn how to sleep on their own, at the same time.
Here is just how I got my twins to sleep through the night.
I didn’t like the idea of just throwing them into their cribs one night as like a “see ya in the morning!” thing. So I started with naps.
During the day, I would watch for sleepy cues and jot down what times I noticed them. Then I would put them in their cribs for their naps after they showed the cues.
I didn’t get much crying going about it this way for naps being that they were already about to pass out!
Then after a few days of jotting down the times they woke up and started to get sleepy again, I discovered they need to go down about an hour after they first wake in the AM, then about two-two and a half hours after their next wake up times.
This is when the crying started. But it was much more manageable during the day for naps than it would have been at night when I was tired too!
This is when I kind of fell off the sleep training train and just stuck with naps for a while. About 3-4 weeks. But I truly believe after a few days of ‘nap training’ I could have dove into actual sleep training.
At the seven month mark, the twins started waking up every hour or two again like when they were itty bitty!
And I thought I was tired BEFORE this happened!
So I decided to jump back into sleep training and came up with a quick nighttime routine I know I would be able to do alone with the twins if my husband wasn’t home from work yet.
Easy enough. But then came the actual putting them into bed part and I will be honest, I didn’t make it through the first three nights on my own.
I decided to take on the challenge mid week, so I was laying on the couch until midnight each night listening to one baby cry, then the other, and the other again.
By midnight for those three nights I brought both twins back downstairs with me with a big F it.
I told my husband we were doing it together the next night because I just couldn’t handle it alone.
Sleep training will tear you down. That is why most moms won’t give it a try, or give up. It is SO hard to listen to your babies cry like that. I could actually feel like ache in my heart each time one started up crying again.
But I fought through that night with my husband and you know what? The next night they only cried for 15-20 minutes and were out until 5am. I went in and soothed them at 5 and then they went back down until 8am.
I could not tell you the last time I got so much sleep! I got so much sleep that my breasts had leaked everywhere. But you know what? I GOT SLEEP!!
After a week of it, they were only crying for about eight minutes before they were out for their twelve hours of sleep. Yup, twelve sweet hours of whatever I want to do!
I didn’t, and still don’t know what to do with myself half the time. I wake up at 2am like huh.. I can go back to sleep! Usually I end up scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest for a good hour before dozing off again, but hey! I am getting in some me time!
What would you do with that much time to yourself? Would you sleep for the whole time? Take up a new hobby? Start a blog? Maybe get around to the laundry? Share in the comments below!
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