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If your twins share a bedroom, are they still sharing a crib? In the early days after coming home from the hospital, many twin newborns are comforted by their twin’s presence nearby. As they get bigger and squirmier, though, they will need their own crib space. Having 2 cribs for your twins ensures that they have the space that they need to comfort themselves to sleep. A borrowed crib that meets national safety standards fits the budget perfectly! You will be especially pleased when time flies and it is time to transition to a big-kid bed. You’ll be so glad that you saved the money.

Will it be more difficult to sleep train your twin babies if they share a bedroom? I don’t think so. Your babies become accustomed to their bedroom environment, and they accept the presence of their twin as part of the environment of the room. Most parents of twins have their twin babies share a bedroom because of space restraints in the home. Don’t worry about the shared room interfering with the twins’ learning process to sleep on their own.

It has always amazed me how twins have a way of blocking out their twin’s noises. Many a time I walked into my twin babies’ bedroom while one boy was screaming his head off and the other was sleeping as peacefully as could be. It boggled my mind! Somehow twins can shut out such overnight noises from their twin, and this skill will extend into the preschool years. You do not need to buy a bigger home with more bedrooms to get your twins to sleep through the night.

 

Author
Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP
Last Updated
8/6/2013
Source
Raising Twins: From Pregnancy to Preschool (Copyright © 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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