This post is sponsored by Halo. However all opinions are my own <3
Bedtimes and routines are essential here. With 4 kids we basically rely on our set routines to make sure everyone gets baths and prepared for bed. So how is it different for our twins and what does it consist of? Well for starters it’s all hands on deck. We bring all four kids upstairs and then it’s showtime!
First off is bath time. I am in charge of the baths. While I bathe one baby my husband is playing and reading to the other. I bathe one baby then as I change him I move on to the baby massage.
I use my favorite- sleepy lotion from Lush Cosmetics and give them a small little massage. I make sure to get their belly, arms, legs, and feet.
They are read to while I bathe them as well as we pick 1-2 books after and read to them together. Our older two are with us during this time too. It’s nice to get some family reading time.
No matter what time they ate we make them a bottle before bed to put them down with a full belly.
We are all about safe sleeping and because of that we do not use blankets. We love HALO sleep sacks because they keep our babies safe, warm, and happy. As soon as the boys started rolling we stopped swaddling and then began the transition and used the HALO SleepSack Easy Transitions. It is still one of their favorite SleepSacks. Their unique sleeve design helps reduce startle reflex without overheating your babies. Not to mention you have two way zippers perfect for middle of the night changes.
Our babies love falling asleep to ocean sounds as much as anyone else. We use the noise machine to drown out the noise in the rest of the house. I swear if it wasn’t for the noise machine they would never sleep with Lia screaming all day.
We use a small and very light nightlight, just enough so we could see a bit in their room.
The very last part of our routine is placing them in their own crib. Some twin parents opt to having them share a bed. However, to reduce the risk of SIDS it is recommended by the American Association of Pediatrics that they have their own. We don’t rock them to bed anymore (unless they want extra cuddles). The key is to put them to bed awake so they learn to fall asleep on their own. We find when they fall asleep on their own they sleep longer and better.
It seems like a no brainer of a routine right? You are right! It is just about consistency and having an extra pair of hands to help keep one baby happy while you tend to the other or your other kids. With following our routine we have noticed an improvement in their sleep since they now know what to expect.