Between frequent feedings, diaper changes, and nurturing baby through every fuss—getting a full night of sound rest can be a challenge for any family with a newborn.
But for families with twins or multiple newborns, getting enough shuteye during the night to care for your babies and tackle all the to-dos of the day can feel like an impossible-to-achieve dream.
If you’re wondering how to co-sleep with twins (or whether sleep is even possible with two little ones needing your attention and love all night long), we’ve got you covered!
Here’s the good news: it is possible to get a restful night of sleep, even if you’re caring for twins or multiple newborns at once.
Co-sleeping makes it easier for families caring for multiple babies at once to quickly respond to any feeding call or fuss that comes up throughout the night.
And while families who choose to keep twins in separate cribs or a more traditional shared twin crib will have to frequently get up and fully disrupt their own sleep to care for their babies all night long, bedside co sleepers make it easy to care for baby while caring for yourself.
With the right bedside sleeper for twins securely attached to your bedside, you’ll be able to nurse and nurture both of your babies without needing to get up, make frequent trips across the room, or uncomfortably reach down into a more traditional crib or bassinet.
Here’s the even better news: according to the University of Notre Dame’s Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, sleeping close to your babies offers necessary physiological regulation and support.
That means sleeping close doesn’t just make things easier for you, but offers your babies the sensorial stimuli they need for healthy emotional development and better resilience in body and mind (among many other co-sleeping benefits!).
What is Co-Bedding?
Though co-bedding and bed sharing are sometimes used interchangeably, when it comes to twins or multiples, they mean something very different.
In the context of twins, co-bedding refers to the practice of letting multiple babies of very similar ages share a sleeping space such as a bedside co sleeper, a twin crib, or a twin baby bassinet.
Experts are increasingly celebrating co-bedding as a way to mimic the nurturing feeling that twins experience when they’re together in the womb, which provides them with comfort and settles their emotional and physical systems.
In a clinical study carried out by Dr. Helen Ball (Director of the Durham Infancy & Sleep Center), babies who slept together through the night were able to enjoy greater sleep pattern synchronicity.
That means that twins who sleep together are more likely to sleep at the same time—and wake up at the same time too!
Instead of waking up to care for one baby, going back to sleep, and then being called awake again to care for your other baby who needs attention, you’ll be able to meet both babies’ needs at once (and spend all that saved time getting some much-needed shuteye!).
Co Sleeping with Twins: What’s the Best Sleeping Position?
Though some parents wonder whether encouraging their babies to sleep in the same space will lead to restless sleeping patterns between the two or awkward positioning that can get in the way of their sound sleep, all the research suggests that twins sleep better (not more restlessly!) when they’re together.
And when it comes to helping twins or multiples co sleep soundly, there’s no best practice when it comes to positioning. Though most twins sleep side-by-side for the first month, you should feel free to let your twins shift to head-to-head, feet-to-feet, or side-by-side diagonal without concern.
No matter what twin co sleeping position you choose, research has proven that all twin co sleeping positions are equally safe, comfortable for your babies, and supportive of long and restful sleep.
How to Co Sleep with Twins (The Easy Way!)
With babybay, co-sleeping with twins becomes even easier.
Like all babybay bedside co-sleepers, the babybay Maxi Tall is designed to give your babies a made-just-for-them sleeping space to feel supported and nurtured all through the night.
Unlike most bedside co-sleepers, your babybay is made with 100% eco-friendly, durable, and sustainably-sourced beechwood (and free of all the toxic chemicals, glues, and polishes that you’ll find in most cribs and bedside sleepers!).
With the babybay Maxi Tall securely attached to your bed, your baby will stay snug while you gently watch over them from just an arm’s reach away. The babybay Maxi Tall is also specially designed to provide your babies the extra wiggle room they need to sleep soundly together—without fighting for space or feeling cramped.
And any time you decide that a twin crib or bassinet for twins will fit your family’s needs better, you can easily convert your babybay Maxi Tall into a standalone baby bassinet. (So that you have plenty of ways to support your babies’ growth and sound sleep!)
The babybay Maxi Tall takes all the guesswork out of how to co sleep with your twins. Twins or multiples will enjoy all the benefits of being close to each other through the night (like better sleep synchronicity), without feeling crowded or closed in.
And you’ll enjoy plenty of nights of peaceful rest—knowing they’re feeling cared for by you while caring for each other.