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    Can twins sleep in the same cot?

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    Can twins sleep in the same cot?

    Updated on 15 May 2023

    Medically Reviewed by

    Dr. Sameer Awadhiya

    Dr Sameer has more than 10 Years of Experience as a specialist and more than 19 years of total experience - MBBS| DCH, DNB

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    Do you have twins or multiples? Then, this is something fascinating and informative for twin parents. Many parents state that co-bedding is beneficial for babies to sleep. 

    As a parent of twins, one of the most important aspects of your role is ensuring that your infants get enough sleep. However, it can be challenging to navigate the world of twin sleep, particularly if you are a new parent or are dealing with twins for the first time.

    There are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to making twins sleep, including their individual sleep needs, sleep safety guidelines, and strategies for promoting healthy sleep habits. By understanding these factors and implementing effective sleep strategies, you can help your twins get the restful and restorative sleep they need for optimal development and growth.

    Should twins sleep together?

    With new-born twins, separating the twins is not an issue. The movements of babies are separated, and there are very few chances of disturbing each other. The above idea works better when one twin is sleeping while the other is awake. 

    Also read: Helping your twins to sleep at the same time

    Advantages of co-bedding twins

    By planning to co-bed your twins, there are multiple benefits. 

    • The smell and touch of humans develop a cosy environment for kids like humans. 

    • Parents need to concentrate more on twins throughout their sleep. By having twins nearby and in the same room, things are easier for parents. They do not need to part them and spread things around for taking caring of them. 

    • Twins develop in the same womb and are aware of each other. By sleeping together, they find it safe, comfortable, and are calm in the environment. 

    • By sleeping together, the combined body heat of twins keeps them comfortable, warm and makes their bonding strong. 

    • Co-bedding helps babies sleep better, gain weight, and less prone to bradycardia and apnea. 

    Can twins sleep in the same cot?

    Co-sleeping in the same cot has several benefits, particularly during the new-born stage. The sense of comfort and security is hugely mandatory for twins as they step into an unknown world. The presence of twins in the same cot may make the baby feel like in the womb. The babies are calm by seeing each other. The pattern changes as the twins grow and set into different cribs. 

    Also read: Baby Sleeping on Stomach: Risks & Advice

    The switching of babies to different cots becomes mandatory once the babies make it evident or parents decide. The apparent signals to separate babies for sleeping are one twin hitting the other, continual crying, or discomfort for the baby throughout.  Parents should not ignore important aspects such as safety while making the decision to co-sleep their twins in the same cot.

    Disadvantages of Co-sleeping twins in the same cot

    It is generally not recommended for twins to sleep in the same cot, as it increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep in the same room as their parents, on a separate sleep surface, such as a crib or bassinet, for at least the first six months of life and ideally up to one year.

    For twins, it is recommended that each have their own sleep surface, such as a separate crib or bassinet, placed next to each other within the same room. This can help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.

    You may also like: Baby Sleeping on Stomach: Risks & Advice

    Additionally, it is important to ensure that the sleep surfaces are free from soft bedding, pillows, and other potential hazards that could increase the risk of suffocation or entrapment. It is also important to place the infants on their backs to sleep, as this position has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.

    Conclusion

    Though there are benefits in making twins sleep, parents must decide whether to co-sleep their twins in the same cot or not. Always make your kids sleep on their back, free the place from plush blankets and toys. A good piece of advice is to have the cot in the parents' bedroom. The above advice will help the new parents of twins to decide looking upon the pros and cons of the practice of co-sleeping their twins.

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    Medically Reviewed by

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    Dr Sameer has more than 10 Years of Experience as a specialist and more than 19 years of total experience - MBBS| DCH, DNB

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