Here’s a good question: “Will I be able to create a framework that encompasses both sleeping and feeding schedules for the twins?” The answer is yes, but it’s going to take some work on your part.
As an overarching theme to remember is try to keep your twins on the same schedule. Your activities and efforts should be focused on getting your twins aligned on the same schedule, and it will make your life a lot easier. Now, as far as frameworks go, we really like the framework that is outlined in the book, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby” by Tracey Hogg. She has a formula called the “EASY formula,” that we used with our girls with great success.
The gist of the EASY formula is that your babies are going to go through a cycle. E is for eating. A is for activity. S is for sleep. Y is for you; for your time. So, your baby should go through this cycle multiple times a day, and the time between the different steps in the formula will change over time as your babies get older. But the pattern is the same. You’re going to feed your babies. They’re going to have some kind of activity, either playing with you or tummy time, and then they’re going to go to sleep. Of course when they’re sleeping it’s time for you to take a break and catch up on the things that you have to do. I’ll include a link in the show notes to the book by Tracey Hogg. We found it very valuable not just with our twins, but our singleton babies as well.
This topic was originally addressed on the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Episode 63: Communication, Schedules, Travel, and Balancing. Picture by Donnie Ray Jones.
Need more help sleep training your twins? Check out this step-by-step guide to sleep training twins from fellow parent of twins, Nina Garcia: