While I was pregnant, people often asked if we planned to have our baby twins sleep together in the same crib. I read baby books and online forums and couldn’t see any reason why they should not share a crib. I guess if they can share a uterus then they can also share a bed, right? Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to click through to buy, at no additional cost to you, the company sends me a few pennies. Your support of this blog is much appreciated.
I have blogged before about how our apartment feels so tiny and cramped with two new babies in it. Having two babies in one bed sure beats trying to find room for a second crib.
We started out putting them to bed with a pacifier and in sleep sacks and swaddling blankets. Our wiggly twins were able to get out of most swaddlers, except the Summer Infant Swaddle Me Wraps. I used to joke that these were like teeny straight jackets for our two squirmy babes! Once they learned to get themselves to sleep we ditched the baby wraps but the pacifiers took a little bit longer to wean from.
My main concern when putting them in the same crib was that when they started rolling over they would smother each other. But that never happened. When they started flipping and rolling, they would occasionally bump into each other during the night. The girls never seemed to bother each other. Sometimes they will sleep pressed right up against each other, but other times they are on completely separate sides of the crib.
I also worried that they would get so used to having each other nearby that they would be unable to sleep alone. But that wasn’t a problem either. They can easily fall asleep and stay asleep whether they are together or separate. I don’t know if this is true of all twins, but mine did fine as babies. Transitioning them to their toddler beds was another story…
Side note: I read in a forum of a woman who had 18-month-old twins that were helping each other to escape the crib. She was able to keep them in their crib by putting them to bed in a sleep sack. That way they couldn’t throw their leg over the side of the crib. This is definitely something to be aware of as they grow older!
For my family, putting our twins to sleep in the same crib worked very well because we could keep them in our bedroom. In this post I explain the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for cobedding twins and what you should consider before deciding to put your twins to sleep in the same crib. Be sure and check it out, there are some great resources in that post!