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The chronicle of the journey from infertility, to miscarriage, to finally raising twin girls born in June 2012.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gonna change the naps

Thanks for your comments on my previous post!  They were really helpful.

So we're going to try something different.  We've been doing naps according to information for much younger kiddos and we need to update.  They've been getting up around 9am, nap at 11am-1pm, then going down around 4pm for that useless crib time and then bedtime is just all confused depending on if they slept at all during that evening nap.  Since Teeny Tiny will go to sleep quickly whenever she's put in her crib, I hadn't realized that they've outgrown such short awake times.  But I'm aware of it now!

So we're going to get them up between 8:30-9am, down about 1:30pm, up at 3:30pm (unless both are firmly asleep in which case we'll let them determine wake up time), then bedtime about 8pm.  They may get an hour of pack and play time in the evening so I can make dinner and because we all sometimes need a little down time between play sessions.

They've been waking up earlier and earlier in the morning, maybe it's because they're getting too much sleep.  Seems like blasphemy to me to consider too much sleep, but maybe that's the case!

I'll do my best to impose this new schedule on the girls for a week and see if they are able to conform to it and if it seems to meet their sleep needs.

And to answer the question about why they both go down when only one needs the nap - I do that for a few reasons.  First, because if one falls asleep and the other is up still playing, I have to commit to that.  If the second one gets tired while the first is asleep, I can't put her in her crib without waking up the first one.  Second, the awake one then gets tired and wants to nap right when the sleeping one is waking up.  It makes everything confusing and difficult to manage bedtimes and such.  Third, I need recharge time (yeah, selfish, but it's an honest reason).

So I guess we're going to go more with Middie Biddies sleep schedule since Teeny Tiny would probably be growing into those same needs very soon anyway.  Personally, I like Teeny Tiny's schedule better, it gives me more free time, but it's not about me now is it!

6 comments:

  1. Good luck with the new schedule

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  2. Ahhh that makes a lot of sense about them both going down at the same time. Yeah that would be really tough to manage. But good luck with the new schedule-I think it sounds like a good one. And don't ever feel guilty about imposing naps for your own mental health. I still do it from time to time. You know, when I'm holding on to my sanity by a thread :) Keep us posted!

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  3. Sounds like a good schedule!!! Good luck!

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  4. I've been following for a while, but don't know if I have written any comments. I appreciate all your posts and have gotten useful info from you. Anyway, just wanted to say I completely understand needing nap time to be at the same time...having one twin up and one sleeping is difficult. I need some me time to get things done around the house or I go crazy. Good luck with the new schedule!!

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  5. Keep us posted on how the sleeping schedules go. My son refuses to nap, but today he tried for one and wouldn't you know... the phone rang - it was a telemarketer and it woke my son up. GRRRRRR

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  6. We just started one nap. One twin has been agitating toward that and we tried one on one nap, the other on two, and its impossible. So now both are enforced one nap. They wake up at 7 AM and go down around noon, sleep for almost 2 hours. Then bed at 7 PM. Its hard to transition! Our babies are 1 year old on Thursday. You'll love the one nap days, actually!

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