"Do twins, triplets or quads sleep in the same crib? Or do they need separate cribs?" This is one of the first questions parents ask when they see two or more babies on the ultrasound. Surprises like multiple births are why many parents don’t get into a big rush to buy baby furniture. If you already have your nursery furnished and the baby’s bed is already in a place of honor, there may be no reason to change the room around or add another bed just yet.
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Once you think about it, twins having been sleeping in much closer quarters for nine months, so what’s the rush in dividing them up into separate beds? There will be quite a bit of wasted space in a full size baby bed for the first two months, so would you really be hurting anything by allowing the twins to sleep in the same bed?
THE BENEFITS OF CO-BEDDING TWINS
Co-sleeping with their parents seems to help many infants sleep better and some experts say that twins sleep better when co-bedding as well. There are have been studies of preemie twins and triplets that indicate that keeping them together in one rather than separating them into two or three cribs improved their vital signs and enabled them to go home with their parents sooner.
THE BENEFITS TO PARENTS OF CO-BEDDING MULTIPLES
Tired parents need all the help they can get with getting more sleep and when babies sleep better, parents reap the benefits. You might think that twins would sleep better in separate bed and maybe separate nurseries, but that is not the case. The sleeping infants don’t seem to wake each other if one begins to cry.
WILL THEY BE CROWDED?
If multiples could talk, they would answer that they had been much more crowded in their lifetime! Twins or triplets can all sleep in one bed in the beginning by lining them up crosswise on the mattress side by side. When they get too long, turn them lengthwise, head to foot. The lady at Mothers of Supertwins advises that you may be able to use one bed with twins and triplets, but says that quads will need multiple cribs.
If you are lucky enough to have a friend that's a carpenter, ask him if he might make a custom over-size bed for your babies. You may even be able to find crib woodworking plans to make a bed large enough for quads or edit the blueprints to accomodate multiples.
HOW TO KEEP THEM FROM BUMPING EACH OTHER
It would be a good idea to use commercial infant sleep position cushions or rolled hand towels to keep the babies sleeping safely on their backs. The crib dividers will also keep one from wiggling against the other.
WHAT IF ONE OF THE BABIES GETS SICK?
Always check with your pediatrician, but most say that since they are always together this should have little or no effect. Again, always go with the advice of your doctor when it comes to issues relating to your baby’s health.
HOW LONG WILL MY TWINS OR TRIPLETS SLEEP IN THE SAME CRIB?
Believe me, you will know when it’s time to move your little ones into their own baby cribs. Once they begin to be active, they will need their own little corner of the nursery, but you may want to locate the cribs so that the babies can enjoy each others company and companionship.