Twins and Babywise

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When my husband and I brought home our twins last year it was pretty chaotic. Being new parents we were overwhelmed with the thought of taking care of two babies. Everything I read with twins said the key was to get them on the same schedule…. However, I had no clue how to do that. Enter Babywise. We started doing Babywise when they were around 6 or 8 weeks old. My son was in the NICU for 2 weeks after their birth, and they had him on a 3 hour schedule, so we were able to just continue that when we brought him home. Then we gradually got my daughter on that same schedule. We started implementing a regular bedtime (at first it was 7:30, then it got moved up to 7), and did a dreamfeed around 10pm. We only did the dreamfeed for about 2 weeks and at about 10 weeks they started sleeping through the night and have never looked back!  We also worked hard at making sure they had a regular nap routine during the day which I believe helped a lot. Sure, there have been ups and downs-  random night waking here and there, short naps, etc., etc. but we stuck to it and made it through. It’s nice to have a “baseline” to return to. People say we are “lucky” to have such good sleepers. Sure, maybe luck is part of it- but I also know that the hard work we put into it was also a big part of it.  Our son and daughter are now 16 months old and are happy and healthy. Their development is at an 18 month level and they were born a month early!  I recommend Babywise to any of my friends who are expecting and always tell them they can modify it to what they are comfortable with- i.e. I wasn’t comfortable with crying it out longer than 10 minutes. Obviously though, it still worked! If we decide to have a third baby, I’ll be going back to Babywise Book 1 but will start it right after birth this time.

I also want to thank Val for such a great blog. It has been my reference point so many times during the past year!!

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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