It's safe for twins to sleep together in one cot in the early weeks and months. You do need to use a cot, though. It's not safe to put your twins together in a Moses basket, small crib or carrycot, as they may overheat in the confined space.
As long as you follow safe sleeping advice, twins who sleep in the same cot, rather than separately, have no higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome SIDS. Putting newborn twins in the same cot may help them adjust to the move from hospital to home.
I had to put the babies into the cot at 3 months old. For higher order multiple births triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets , please refer to your health professional for advice on providing a safe sleep environment for each baby.
Sharing a sleeping space can help them to regulate their body temperatures and sleep cycles. It's also likely to make it easier for you to look after them.
Make sure that your babies are not close enough to touch each other. You could position them so that their heads are at the centre of the cot and their feet are at opposite ends of the cot.
Have your babies sleeping in the same room as you until they are at least six months old, particularly if they were premature or born with a low birth weight. You may find this easier if they co-sleep in the same cot or cotbed, as this will take up less space than two cots.
Tuck your babies' covers in securely, well below their shoulders - a sheet and a cellular blanket are ideal.
Alternatively, put your babies in baby sleeping bags of the correct tog for the season. You shouldn't need to divide the cot with a barrier.
In fact, baby sleep charity The Lullaby Trust advises against using them. But if you really feel your twins need a divider to sleep better, use a fixed cot divider made specially for the purpose, rather than a pillow or a rolled-up blanket. Try not to worry about one baby waking the other. Most twins don't appear bothered by their sibling's crying , even when they're in the same cot.
Though if one twin consistently wakes his other twin, and they share a cot, separate cots may help. As your babies grow, there will be less room for them to be comfortable in the same cot, and their waking patterns may start to differ.
You may want to move them into separate cots when they begin to roll over. Giving your twins their own personal areas will also allow them to express their different personalities, and help you to treat them as individuals.
Once your twins are in their own room they may still enjoy having their cots close together.
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