How did you sleep last night?
Did you get a good night’s sleep? Yeah, me neither. You know who did sleep well? The twins.
No matter how crazy they drive me during the day, I can always count on them to go to sleep early and stay asleep until morning. Now, it’s very early morning, but it’s still morning. I did not have the same luck with my oldest child.
I say luck because I really think whether your children are good sleepers or not is partially the luck of the draw. We tried everything to get my oldest to sleep in his crib, and he wouldn’t do it. From about 3 months on, the twins were sleeping through the night in theirs. What did we do different? Nothing.
However, I don’t really think we gave a sleep routine enough of a chance with our oldest. It was just easier to take him into our bed. With twins, I didn’t feel safe co-sleeping, nor did we have room for them in our bed. So, came up with a sleep routine and stuck with it.
Toddler Sleep Routine
As the twins went from infants to babies to toddlers, the sleep routine has changed, but it still has the basics. Here is ours, step-by-step. AND, the best part…it starts as soon as Dad gets home from work, and ends with the twins in bed no later than 7pm.
1. Full Tummy
This used to be each of use feeding the babies a bottle. Now, it is the whole family sitting together at the dinner table, setting the timer, and trying to get everyone to eat in under an hour.
2. Pajamas and diaper change
As you know from yesterday’s POST, this unfortunately has not changed.
3. Something to wind down
Sometimes this is a story, sometimes it’s a TV show, like Thomas or Curious George.
4. Brushing Teeth
5. Arguing over who Mommy will carry to bed
I used to be able to carry both, but they are getting so heavy, it’s a struggle.
6. Put annoying children’s music on, Twilight Turtle, Hello Kitty nightlight, and Moon in My room on
The turtle, kitty, and moon have run out of batteries and have been out of commission for a good 6 months, and no one really seems to mind anymore. The same, irritating music is still going strong. No matter how many times I try to switch the CD, they insist on the same one.
7. Put cream on their cheeks
They used to get really chapped cheeks from all their drooling, so I would rub Aquaphor on their cheeks. Now, I just pretend. Unless, they really need it.
8. Cover with blanket
Sneak in again when they are asleep and recover them, since they kick their blankets off.
A New Element to the Sleep Routine
Now, instead of sneaking in, I was given a better solution to keeping them warm and comfortable.
A company called baby deedee contacted me, and asked if I would like to try one of their products for each of my twins*. Their most popular product is the Sleep Nest, which is a warm and cozy wearable blanket. While I’m sure my boys would have enjoyed this, I was a little afraid they’d try to walk around in them and hurt themselves. So, I opted for the Sleep Kicker. This also adds a layer of warmth, but with an opening for their feet.
I selected the Peacock for both of them, so they wouldn’t fight over who got which color. They were a beautiful, bright blue with turquoise details. I also washed them before they wore them, and they came out perfectly.
Do you think they liked them?
They actually loved them. They both wanted to be the first one to get it on, and then they walked around proudly, showing them off to big brother. Off to bed, and they are quietly snoring away as I type this. Plus, no late night sneak in necessary because I know they will be warm, even if they kick their blanket off.
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I hope seeing our sleep routine helped if you’re having trouble with your own. Are your children good sleepers? Do you have a set routine?
*This post has not been sponsored, however, I received 2 sleep kickers from baby deedee in exchange for my honest review.