Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bedtime...

We are blessed with the fact that not one but BOTH of our babies have been sleeping through the night since about 2.5 month of age. We're not talking 5 hours, were talking 8 to 10 hours a night! The problem is getting them to bed. The routine is we feed them both around 8:30 or 9pm, rock them to sleep and then put them in their cribs. Sometime over the past month A started a bad habit of screaming hysterically until she falls asleep. It is not only annoying, it keeps R from falling asleep. No matter what we do, pacifier, no pacifier, rock over the shoulder, rock in arms, rock on rocking chair, walk around, she screams. Has anyone had any problems with this? Also, when is it still too early to let them cry it out in their cribs (Ferber type method)? They will be 4 months old in a few days and wondering if now is the time to try it. A cries anyway (for naps or bedtime), so why not let her cry in her crib and just do the "Ferber check" on her until she falls asleep. Does anyone have any options or techniques we could try?

Aside from the crying, we think that daylight savings has effected them. We used to be able to get them down by 10:30 but now it is running into 11:30 or 12am. They both sleep until about 8 or 8:30am, which is AWESOME, but I'd prefer them go down a bit earlier and wake up a bit earlier.

Other than that, the girls are awesome! The pediatrician told us they were both teething - well their teeth probably won't break through for another few months but their gums are swollen and getting ready. This has led to a lot of drooling (especially R) and constant chewing on their hands. They both seem to like gnawing on the thumb, pointer and "tall man" at the same time. Yesterday, they both also started bringing things, like rattles, to their mouth to chew on! We also held a teething toy to their mouths and they both went to town. J keeps saying she's not going to nurse them once teeth come in because they both (but mainly R) like to bit down on her nipple with their gums if too much milk is coming out or if they are done nursing. M always knows when it happens because J will jump and scream OW! Good times lie ahead on the nursing front ;)

4 comments:

Laurie said...

I'm loving these updates! :)

Two Moms, Two Monkeys said...

Have you tried bathing them before bedtime? We started doing that with our boys and they eventually got down to a 7:30 - 8:00 bedtime and now they sleep until 6am. You girls are doing great though, getting them to sleep so long at this age. It took us about a month longer to get them to bed by 10:30 and gradually from there got it down to 7:30. We don't do CIO so I can't offer any advice there... not sure how that works with twins! lol In our experience, when one cries, the other cries, and we are all AWAKE!

poppycat.wordpress.com said...

Holy crap, look at all these updates! I wasn't expecting to hear from you two and when I checked in just on the off chance you had posted, I found two. Yay! I wish I had advice to offer but you can bet if I ever get the chance to parent a child, you two will be the first ones I turn to for advice since the you have twice the experience and the girls are doing so well.

bazza said...

Hi. I just randomly came across this blog and I think those babies are just gorgeous!
My daughter has twin boys now just turned seven years old. They were IVF babies because of fertility problems so there is a kind of connection.
You can see them on my old blog here: http://bazzablog-uk.blogspot.com/2006/06/jacob-zack-sonny.html#links
I have just started blogging again with a new blog after a three year break. Barry, UK.