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Twins .. feel like we're up all night ...

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Millie1 Sat 13-Sep-08 19:08:29

Huge Yawn! DTs are 16w now. Typical night-time routine is a feed at around 7pm, bed by 7.45 or thereabouts, wake them for a feed at around 10.30pm - if they haven't woken already. After that they tend(ed) to waken anytime between 3am and 6am - DT2 would sleep til 5.30/6am and DT1 til 3.30 or so.

The last week it's been more like ... 7.30pm, 9.30pm, 11.00pm (settle down for the 'night'), 1-2am and 2 hrly after that. Last night I got 40 mins between feeds.

Any suggestions? They're well and active, in good form during the day, taking 2 daytime naps - mostly - not napping later than 5pm and if they do nap around 5pm I don't let them have more than 30 mins and it's in their bouncy chair.

DH and I are so sleep deprived - it's worse than when they were newborns!! Would welcome any advice please.

TIA

bellabelly Sat 13-Sep-08 19:42:08

Have you read 12 hours sleep by 12 weeks? The woman wrote it after having twins. It isn't everyone's cup of tea but I followed it (adapted it a little to suit us) with my twins and they were consistently sleeping through by about 16 weeks.

My boys were on formula though so might be different if you are BFing.

link to book

BouncingTurtle Sat 13-Sep-08 22:07:16

Mille - I think you should read this Wakeful 4 month old

Hope this will be of help and well done for feeding twins for 16 weeks!

Sympathies on the lack of sleep, it is tough! It was bad enough when DS went through this!

Millie1 Sat 13-Sep-08 22:35:21

Thanks Bellabelly & BouncingTurtle. Book-wise, the Amazon link looks interesting. I've read and used Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child with other two children & found it great. It's hard to get a routine at this stage though.

The Kelly's Mom link is great. They do mess around a lot when feeding now - and they are much more efficient feeders. Probably pretty much done in 5-10 mins although I do let them linger for a lot longer grin. I keep telling people who tut-tut that they are babies and this is what babies do (gotta defend them) but I'm just sooo tired! Stil, that link has given me renewed oooomph for tonight's marathon session! They did, BTW, wake bang on 9.30pm again tonight and are still up shock so it's bed for all of us now!

BouncingTurtle Sun 14-Sep-08 14:17:54

Glad to help

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