Time has absolutely flown… tomorrow my boys will be 11 weeks old! I can’t believe how much they’ve grown and how things are changing, literally, day by day. I’m so grateful to the midwife who stressed the importance of a routine for newborn twins.
I don’t know where I’d have been without it, if I’m honest.
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My current routine for newborn twins
3 weeks ago, they were waking once in the night to feed — for the last week and a half, they have slept through the night, from 11.45pm to 7am!! Amazing how fast they develop.
I have tweaked the timings a little since.
We were initially feeding every 3 hours; I was doing 6, 9, 12, 3 etc etc, until they were in a good routine and their weight was going up.
Then we altered it about 4/5 weeks ago to 7am, 10, 1, 4, 7 with the last feed at 11pm, a 3am (ish) feed, then up at 7 to start all over again.
We missed the 3am alarm a few times a couple of weeks ago and they slept through until 5, but that’s a godawful time to get up in the morning (at least you can catch some zzz if you’re up at 3am!).
Once you’ve finished a 5am feed there’s almost no point going back to bed!!
So I adjusted it slightly and we’re now doing an extra half feed at 10pm, letting them stay awake afterwards — instead of putting them in their moses baskets — and doing their usual big feed at 11pm.
By the time they’ve finished the last feed they’re full and tired and are managing to go through til 7am. And most days, I am having to actually wake them! Clever babies :)
…for now anyway!
I’m under no illusions that this new baby routine may not last.
When they start teething — or if they are poorly — I’m sure we’ll be woken again during the night but, for now, we are really enjoying the extra sleep and are making the most of it while it lasts.
They’re really settled most of the time – amazingly contented – I feel so lucky.
Having said that, I think that the routine they’re in has contributed to that; they get lots of regular food and sleep and are pretty happy as a result!
Got to go… feeding time x
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.