I am looking for any advice on how to get one of my 9 month old twins to sleep longer at night. He is currently sleeping from 10pm to 6:45-7am, so about 9 hours a night. We have tried to put him to bed earlier, but he just wakes up earlier.

Since we have twins, we have them on a strict schedule everyday to keep them both on the same routine. Their last feeding of the night is at 8pm, which my other son gobbles down his bottle and is often sound asleep by 8:30 or 9pm at the latest. He will also sleep in until 9am or later if we run and get his brother out of their bedroom before he wakes him up. But his brother will play until 10pm when we put him to sleep against his wishes.

We've been trying to leave him in his crib for awhile in the mornings hoping that he might fall back asleep, but that just results in him talking so loud that he wakes up his brother.

Both boys nap twice a day from 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs.

Does anyone have any suggestions or does my son just not require that much sleep??

asked 05 Nov '09, 19:49

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Is the napping 1 1/2 - 2 hrs in total, or each nap?

(05 Nov '09, 22:24) Meg Stephenson

Each nap is about 1 1/2- 2 hours in length. So they nap a total of 3-4 hours a day.

(06 Nov '09, 00:17) Shannon B

According to Elizabeth Pantley's no cry sleep solution an average baby of 9 months needs around 14 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. In the form of 11-12 hours in the night and two naps adding up to between 2 1/2 and 4 hours in the day.

So it sounds like he should be getting about 3 hours more sleep (although maybe he's just not average). Does he seem tired and grumpy to you?

Do you have a bed time routine? Elizabeth Pantley recommends bedtime routines once they are past 6 months. She suggests that it starts about 1 hour before bedtime and might include: a warm bath, massage, books, singing, soft music, taking a walk, rocking, a feed. She says that it's worth writing down your routine and sticking to it, so that the baby learns to recognise the signals.

I know I'm banging on about this book, but it is well researched and really helped me.

A final thought - I know it's along way off, but when they start any sort of school or playschool they will need to be up earlier than 9am in the morning, so you might want to gradually move bedtime earlier in the evening for both of them.


answered 06 Nov '09, 11:50

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I think I will check out this book if this keeps up. We are trying to get him to bed earlier and have been gradually moving up their last bottles of the night. It has just been taking us from 8-10pm to get him to finish his last bottle which is why he's not in bed much earlier. As for the mornings, I figured as they gradually need less sleep, they would just naturally start waking up earlier and earlier (than 9am). He's not really grumpy, but he does have meltdowns when he needs his nap or at night right before he's put to bed.

(06 Nov '09, 14:10) Shannon B

We've found that our kids have varied a lot. I think it's worth persisting to some extent, but not worrying too much if it doesn't work.

You should also expect their sleep patterns to vary a lot as they go through growth spurts etc.

Personally I'd aim for whatever gets you the most sleep. The kids will survive :)


answered 05 Nov '09, 23:04

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Maybe keep the night owl up a bit longer so that he sleeps to the same time as his brother?


answered 06 Nov '09, 03:55

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