Swaddled at 10 weeks old
Our day usually starts between 5:30am and 6:30am when one twin wakes. If it’s closer to 5:30am, that means offering cuddles in bed (no blankets!) to try and eke out an extra bit of sleepy time for me!! DH is up at 6:00am to walk the dog and then leaves to catch his train at 8:00am so from the get go, it’s two against one! Between 6:30am and 6:45am I take the boys into the nursery, change their nappies, make their bottles and then feed them. Then they go back into their crib together with lights on, swaddle free (I think this helps them understand it’s now morning and not night). They are more than happy to kick away to some nursery rhymes while I stumble in and out of the room in a state of undress, singing along and searching the floordrobe for something semi-clean to wear. (Wow I sound attractive). Once I’m satisfied they are happy I grab a quick shower. The bathroom is just next to our bedroom so I often continue singing or chatting just so the babies don’t think I’ve abandoned them! (Precious First Borns!)
The daytime feeds are generally 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm.
At 7pm we bathe them, dress them for bedtime and then feed their last bottle. After cuddles and winding they are then swaddled and put down to sleep. Usually one of us sits and pats them if they don’t seem drowsy straight away. We always have a fan on in the room for white noise, and often play lullabies at a low-level until they drift off. On a good night, they are both asleep by 8:30pm and we are then free to enjoy some time to ourselves! One baby will wake between 2am-3am, so we wake the other and feed them both. They then settle back down until 5:30-6:00. And so the cycle begins again!
This is just how we do things, by instinct – and it is working for us so far. So that’s morning and bedtime sorted. I’d love to hear how others have established appropriate daytime naps for their babies – singletons or multiples!