While there is no hard and fast formula for getting your twins to catch some shuteye, there are a few key components to staying the course to the Land of Nod. To set your littles up for sleep success, you’ll want to create a cozy atmosphere that invites them to get some rest. Lighting and sound are probably the first things that come to mind when one thinks about sleep. But there’s another factor you may not have considered that can make a big difference and that is what they are wearing.
Let’s go beyond fashion and talk about function. What should your twinnies wear to bed? As you can expect with many of the answers to life’s great parenting questions, it depends. Every baby is going to be different (even twins). You will need to consider not only their age, but also individual temperament and any special needs they may have. One twin may love a good swaddle, whereas her brother may need a little more flexibility to kick and twist at night. Here are some key guidelines to consider as you determine how best to dress for rest.
1. Seasonality and Temperature
If you ever experienced summer camp as a child, you probably remember laying in your sticky cabin bed wondering how anyone can fall asleep with sweat dripping off their brow. And who can forget staying up late searching for extra blankets at a friend’s house when the radiators didn’t work quite right? Too hot or too cold make for restless nights. Your little bears want a temperature that is just right. Most experts agree that the ideal temperature range for your nursery is around 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on where you live and time of year, you may not have as much control as you would like over nursery temperature, which will require you to adjust your layering accordingly. Note that even within the recommended temperature range, you will still need to plan to layer, even if it is just a light layer. Getting a handle on temperature ranges to expect in your nursery will help you dress your twinzies just right.
2. Ages and Stages
At the newborn stage, safety is going to be the number one concern as you are choosing sleep attire. You will want to make sure to choose something that isn’t too lose or could ride up over the face creating a risk for suffocation. No free blankets should be in the sleep space. One-piece choices with built in feet can be a very good option. With double the diaper duty, many twin parents may prefer open bottom gowns which make late night changes a snap.
Typically, at this age, it is pretty popular to swaddle babies so that they will sleep soundly. Tucking your twins in snug as a bug in a rug will keep them from waking from random autonomic movements as they begin to grasp muscle control. There will be babies who don’t dig this, so study your littles and figure out what is working and what is not. If you do swaddle, be sure to choose swaddles that keep their hips in a healthy position that doesn’t result in malalignment. (Read more about hip health here). Also remember to adjust the thickness of pajamas and your swaddle blanket layer for temperature levels.
It may seem like your chubby cherubs are going to be immobile little blobs of cuteness forever, but you will blink and find yourself in the toddler stage. As they get holder and need a little more freedom to move as they sleep, a sleep sack may be a good choice to keep them comfortably covered, especially as they move about the crib. There are many excellent sleep sack choices that will provide them with lots of room to grow.
3. Material Matters
Choosing the right materials for your jammies and sleep sacks can make a big difference for the peace and comfort of your twineroos. If you little ones tend to get all heated up at the drop of a hat, you may want to focus on using more natural, breathable fibers. Muslin can be a great choice as it breathes to keep them cool in the summer, and holds in heat for warmth in the winter. A nice fuzzy fleece sleep sack can be a great choice in winter, especially in a room that doesn’t hold heat very well.
Finally, it might sound unusual, but wool sleep gear has become an increasingly popular. Merino woolen wear companies claim that wool helps babies to maintain a consistent temperature in both summer and winter, helps prevent overheating, is hypoallergenic, naturally fire-resistant, requires less washing, and is naturally antibacterial and odor resistant. The upfront cost is higher than your usual baby gear, but this may be something worth considering.
Creating a soothing nursery environment with soft light, calming sound, and cozy jammies will set your twins up for a good night’s rest. Rested babies mean rested parents and that, is a win in our book!
About the Author
Out-of-the-box thinker, Krystal Workman, gets creative under stress…and life with twins happens to be full of it! In order to soothe her crying babies while alone, Krystal invented the first ergonomic twin baby carrier—TwinGo Carrier (www.TwinGoCarrier.com)—to cuddle both her babies at the same time. TwinGo now empowers thousands of parents worldwide to keep their babies close. As former President of one of the largest twins clubs in the USA, Krystal assists new parents with babywearing, breastfeeding, sleep coaching, healthy routines, and positive discipline. You can get more twin-related information on the TwinGo Blog.