SAFE SLEEP: I’m Having Twins. Do the Rules Change?

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In preparation for parenthood, you may have read up on what to expect during pregnancy and what to expect as a new parent. Breastfeeding, diaper changing, and immunizations are common topics of interest.  At some point, you have probably came across safe sleeping rules. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, all parents and caregivers should follow safe sleep. Safe Sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Put your baby to sleep on his or her back, in an empty crib. But, what happens if you are expecting twins? Triplets? Do the rules change? The answer is no. Safe sleep rules should remain the same for all babies. Alone, on the back, in a crib, and in a smoke-free environment.

Here are a few tips to know when dealing with multiple children and safe sleep:

  • Whether you are pregnant with twins or even triplets, all babies should have separate sleeping areas. Place cribs next to each other. Your babies can sleep in the same room, but in different beds.
  • Do not let your baby sleep in a carrier, car seat, or stroller. Newborns sleep a lot. If both newborns are sleeping, place one child in a bassinet, portable crib, or play yard that obey the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Examples include, but not limited to, a fit and firm mattress or a crib with no missing hardware. Safe sleep rules still apply.
  • Create a schedule. If you have one crib, create a sleep schedule for your children. While one baby is sleeping, spend quality time with your other child. Quality time helps your child grow up healthy and sets them up for a successful future!

It is important for every parent, grandparent, or caregiver to follow safe sleep rules. Stay informed to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. For more tips and information about Safe Sleep and Infant Safety, visit www.dethrives.com/safe-sleep/overview.