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Wondering what your twins need when it comes to sleep? This twin sleep essentials guide will help! From bassinets to cribs, sheets to video monitors, here are recommendations for everything to help twin babies sleep!
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We knew that I’d have a repeat c-section with the twins so I wouldn’t be able to bend down far for a while. While we never actually co-slept with our twins, nor did we plan to due to safety concerns, this Arms Reach Co-Sleeper Bassinet was perfect for our little guys. We got two, of course, and once we were ready to sell them after the twins grew out of them we sold them to another twin mama, which was awesome!!
One side of the bassinet can fold down so you could have it next to your bed and breastfeed baby then put them back into the bassinet without having to get up and lift the baby quite as much. The side goes back up easily as well. Due to unforeseen circumstances we never ended up using this feature but we had planned on it.
The basket underneath each bassinet is big so can fit a lot of diapers, wipes, extra clothes, etc. Twins go through A LOT of diapers so we tended to store boxes of diapers, wipes, and extra swaddles in ours.
This bassinet also has wheels that can be locked, which is great for safety. There is also a mesh pocket on the front and back of the bassinet. We made signs with their names on it so we could remember whose was whose. It was neat, we actually had our oldest child, who was then 2 years old, help make the signs. These signs, though made out of simple copy paper and crayon, are still in the twins’ rooms today and they’re almost 3 years old.
Below shows where our twins slept for the first 6 months until we moved to a bigger house. This was in a nook in our bedroom. Once we had a bigger house they were in the bedroom next to us until they started keeping each other up, then we put them in separate bedrooms.
We had planned on having one bassinet next to each side of the bed but it didn’t end up working out well due to me not being able to sleep in the same room as the twins with all their grunts so I actually slept on the couch at first and then in our spare bedroom downstairs until they were able to be in their own bedroom.
Though we didn’t use all the features of these bassinets, we still loved them and feel that even though they’re a bit spendy they were well worth it and have decent resale value. Our twins used them for about 7 months before switching to separate cribs.
- 2 MODES: Bassinet bedside sleeper and freestanding baby bassinet
- 4 BREATHABLE MESH SIDES to allow maximum visibility so you can see your baby at all times
- DETACHABLE SIDE PANEL folds down for easy access for feeding or snuggling baby at night
- HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE LEGS make it easy to adjust bedside sleeper height to fit all types of beds so you can keep baby close by in the night; legs adjust between 24" and 30" in 2" increments
- LOADS OF STORAGE with a large attached storage basket and convenient storage underneath for all your baby necessities
- 4 CASTOR WHEELS for easy mobility around the house so you can bring the co sleeper wherever you go
- INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED: A sheet, mattress, and the nylon attachment strap and plate
- EASY TO ASSEMBLE, the Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper brand bassinet is 34"(L) x 20"(W) x 34.5"(H) and weighs 26 lb
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When we went crib shopping for our first child, Babies R Us was still a thing. Wow! Anyway, we wanted a crib that would convert into a toddler bed and then a big boy bed. After a lot of research and looking around, we fell in love with the Delta brand of convertible cribs. This one, the Delta Emery 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib in Dark Chocolate is great! The Delta beds have multiple levels for the mattress to be on depending on age and ability of the baby. As a newborn, the crib mattress should be as high as possible, whereas as baby is able to pull up, it’s best to have the mattress at the lowest setting so baby can’t crawl out.
- GREENGUARD GOLD CERTIFIED: This crib meets the most stringent chemical emissions standards to create a healthier home for your baby. Tested for more than 10,000 chemicals and VOCs, this crib is certified to contribute to cleaner indoor air
- 6-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE CRIB: Crib converts to a toddler bed, daybed, sofa, full size bed with headboard and footboard and a full size bed with headboard only (Daybed/Sofa Rail included; Toddler Guardrail #0094 and Full Size Rails #0050 sold separately)
- SAFE OPTION FOR YOUR BABY: This crib is JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM | We know chemicals have no place in your nursery, so we use a non-toxic multi-step painting process that is lead and phthalate safe
- ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT: Adjustable height mattress support with 3 positions to grow with your baby | Crib uses a standard size crib mattress (sold separately) | To ensure the perfect fit pair your crib with a Delta Children, Serta, Simmons Kids or Beautyrest crib mattress
- QUALITY MATERIAL: Made of sustainable woods like New Zealand Pine | Tested for lead and other toxic elements to meet or exceed government and ASTM safety standards | Assembled dimensions: 55"L x 30.5"D x 45"H | Easy assembly
- Any Mattress used in this crib should be at least 27 ¼” by 51 5/8”, with a thickness not exceeding 6” | Mattress not included
- Crib assembled dimensions – 34.25” D x 54.25” W x 42.25” H | Floor to Mattress Support base at the 3 positions (Lowest to Highest) – 9.5” / 13.25” / 17”
- Strong and sturdy wood construction helps create a dream nursery where you will spend plenty of Mommy and me / Daddy and me time
- Converts from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed and full size bed with headboard & footboard (Daybed Rail included; Toddler Guardrail #0080 and Full Size Bed Rails #0050 sold separately)
- This crib is JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM; Tested for lead and other toxic elements to meet or exceed government and ASTM safety standards
Before having our first child we did extensive research regarding safe sleep habits, safe mattresses without harmful chemicals, etc. We found the Eco Classica III to be our safest choice for our baby boy! We love this mattress so much we bought two more for our twins!
- THIS FOAM CRIB MATTRESS is packed with 6” of thick foam and has an infant side that is engineered to provide the proper firmness needed for growth and development, while the less-firm side provides the comfort toddlers prefer
- ECO-FRIENDLIER FOAM in this infant and toddler bed mattress is made using sustainable plant oils
- WRAPPED IN ORGANIC COTTON COVER with food grade waterproof backing, featuring a durable topside waterproofing that ensures quick and easy cleanups for those middle-of-the-night diaper accidents
- SQUARE CORNERS and inverted seam for a snug fit in all standard-size American cribs and toddler beds
- HYPOALLERGENIC & PHTHALATE FREE
- LIKE ALL COLGATE MATTRESSES, the Classica III baby mattress is GREENGUARD Gold certified, CertiPUR-US certified, CPSIA compliant, and compliant with all federal and state flammability requirements – without the use of fire retardant chemicals
- MADE IN AMERICA – Your EcoClassica is proudly handcrafted by Colgate Mattress, the Crib Mattress Specialist , a family-owned and operated business dedicated to baby’s safety since 1955
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Under Crib Storage
We’ve found that having a bin under each crib for at least one extra waterproof mattress pad and fitted sheet works out really well. There are of course a lot of really nice options out there that have wheels and whatnot but we opted to use what we already had, just a simple 41-qt under-bed storage box, like the one pictured below.
Waterproof Crib Mattress Protectors
Waterproof crib mattress protectors are essential from the newborn stage all of the way through potty training, so you may as well buy several. We have three for our 5-year-old that we can swap out when he has accidents overnight, and two for each of our twins, under their beds to change out overnight if needed if their diapers leak.
- NATURAL COTTON COMFORT: Top woven layer of organic cotton for luxurious natural comfort
- WATERPROOF PROTECTION: Waterproof barrier made of safety-tested TPU coated polyester. 100% waterproof layer protects against leaky messes
- SECURE FITTED DESIGN: SecureStay full fitted stretch skirt helps prevent sliding and shifting for extra security. Snuggly fits USA standard full-size crib mattresses and toddler bed mattresses.
- EASY TO CLEAN: Easy Clean mattress pad for crib is machine washable and dryer friendly. Extensively wash and dry tested for quality and resiliency
- NATURAL LUXURY: Soft, quilted filling made from safety-tested polyester and recycled plastic bottles offers eco-friendlier comfort and softness
We also have at least one extra fitted crib sheet for each child, under their bed in the under bed storage along with the extra mattress protector. There are so many different fun crib sheets out there, especially at Target and Amazon.com. This set is really cute and a great deal!
- Perfect Fit & Secure Coverage: Made from 100% Cotton Jersey and measuring 28” x 52” with a depth of 9 inches, our crib sheets snugly fit most standard crib mattresses and toddler bed mattresses.
- Soft, Breathable Cotton Comfort: Crafted from high-quality Cotton Jersey, our fitted crib sheets offer a soft touch and excellent breathability, providing a cozy and comfortable sleep environment for your baby without irritating their delicate skin.
- Quality Cotton Jersey Design: Crafted from premium 100% Cotton Jersey, these sheets prioritize your baby's comfort and safety. With a snug fit and durable, machine-washable fabric, they maintain quality, lasting shape, and enduring durability.
- Effortless Installation & Durability: Featuring a full elastic band, these sheets are easy to install and remove from the mattress. The durable band around the edge keeps the sheets securely in place, reducing the need for frequent adjustments.
- Practical Nursery Essential: Comfy sheets in various colors to match any decor. Crafted for both boys and girls, these sheets are a practical choice, ensuring better sleep for your baby day or night.
Split Screen Baby Monitor with 2 Cameras
We didn’t have this one but it comes highly recommended by other twin mamas and if I had to redo it all, I’d get this one instead of the one we have below. This one is great because there is a split screen instead of having to toggle back and forth, like the one we have below does. This one doesn’t have WiFi so you don’t have to worry about anyone hacking into your system and talking to your babies (this is super rare but one of the reasons we have non-WiFi monitors).
Another great thing about this one is you can talk back and forth through the monitor.
- 【From Infant to Toddler】Your baby becomes more and more curious about the world as he/she turns into a toddler, and will begin his/her little adventures around the house. So, it's time to have an additional camera! This baby monitor supports up to 2 cameras, making it the best option for monitoring different rooms. Use "Screen Split" to view 2 monitors simultaneously, and choose one camera with audio. Also suitable for a growing family!
- 【See Your Precious】It allows you to clearly see your baby enjoying sweet dreams, or playing in the room whether during the day or at night. The camera features are: high resolution, wide-angle lens, auto night vision, and 2X digital zoom functions.
- 【Parents’ Best Helper】More than being a camera, it has great extra features including 5 built-in lullabies, room temperature detection, and 2-way talkback functions. Let Moonybaby support you in becoming happy parents.
- 【No Sweat, No Stress】Set up the monitor in a flash, simply plug and play! The camera wall mount and AC adapter are included in the pack, and the camera will automatically connect to the display. No Wi-Fi requirement, no app installation, no security concern.
- 【Support You Wholeheartedly】Our products come with great features including room temperature monitoring, 5 built-in lullabies, and helpful customer service. We aim to support parents in taking good care of their children by delivering excellent product and quality service. * Warning: Don't open battery compartment and replace battery by yourself.
White Noise Machine
We knew our twins would need white noise to help drown out their noisy older brother when they were sleeping and even each other. The Dohm had been great for our oldest and we knew we’d love it for our twins so we bought two more, one for each of their rooms.
- THE ORIGINAL WHITE NOISE SOUND MACHINE: Beloved by millions since 1962, the Dohm Classic model features our fan-based natural white noise, it produces the soothing ambient sounds of moving air..Music tracks:Fan, White Noise.
- CUSTOMIZED SOUND EXPERIENCE: With two speed options for adjustable tone and volume, the Dohm Classic excellently cancels background noise for better sleep for children, adults, office privacy, and soothing sound-sensitive pets.
- UNBEATABLE QUALITY & GUARANTEE: For over 60 years, YOGASLEEP has been the gold standard in white noise sound machines. Handmade in the USA and backed by an exceptional YOGASLEEP customer experience, we stand behind each product and also offer you a 30-day return policy.
- SIMPLE TO USE: Powered by an 7-foot 120V AC cord, simply plug in, flip the switch to high or low, then rotate the cap and collar to find the best sound for you. Let the noise-masking magic begin to help as a natural sleep aid, baby soothing, tinnitus relief, and respite from noisy snorers.
- CLASSIC DESIGN: Featuring a simple design that blends unobtrusively into surroundings. Also available in white, black, gray, pink, tan, and camo. Cleaning & Care: Simply wipe the exterior with a damp cloth.
We weren’t sure where to start with sleep training but this book helped immensely!! From sample schedules, sleep charts, checking in, and step-by-step directions on how to make a plan, it’s fool-proof! It’s really the only thing that got our twin babies to sleep!
Need More Sleep Help?
If you need someone to help you through helping your children sleep, check out Batelle, a sleep training program that doesn’t include ‘cry it out’ and offers 24-hour live guidance and coaching for parents! Batelle teaches a 5-minute bedtime routine for kids ages 0-6 to help them sleep through the night.
Can Twins Sleep in the Same Crib?
No. It isn’t safe for twins to sleep in the same crib or bassinet as they may accidentally smother each other, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.