Thanks for the input/tips I received about the schedules/sleeping! I always love to hear what works for other mamas!
What I decided to do was cut back to 2 naps a day. Here is what my schedule looks like lately. And this is what I aspire to, because it sure doesn’t work like clockwork every day!!
twins wake up 6-6:30am, bottle
nap go down between 9-9:30am.
up 10-10:30, bottle
nap go down 1:30-2.
up 2:30-3-ish, bottle
baths, books, bottle 5:45
bed 6:15pm, usually asleep by 6:30
We’ve just started transitioning to 4 bottles a day versus 5. So I now give them 4 (7oz.) bottles a day. They are not used to going that long between bottles so some days I have to give them their bottle before their second nap. And I just started adding an extra serving of solids. We’ll see if it’s too much.
So many people are surprised by how early we put them to bed, but we followed their lead early on and they were always ready to go to bed early. My husband gets home from work at 5pm. So we spend some family time together, put them down, and then have a nice quiet dinner together. It’s actually pretty nice. Gives me some ME time in the evenings which I desperately need.
Bryce is now teething, so he’s been uncharacteristically waking up sometimes a couple times in the night wanting to be soothed. I’m guessing this teething thing is probably going to throw a monkey wrench into our schedule pretty soon. Just when you get it figured out, right?! ;-)
I’ve been going through the most difficult stage EVER with my twins’ sleep these past few weeks. They are almost 7.5 months and after successful sleep training a couple months ago, they’re now screaming again at nap time. Sometimes at bed time, but mostly it’s a nap problem. They sleep through the night, once we put them down, so no issues there. But the naps are killing me.
The crying. The thrashing. The fighting me. Ugh, it’s so hard. It gives me the worst anxiety.
So now I’m ignoring my cry it out training method and going in and picking them up to soothe them. It doesn’t help with Lyla. In fact, in seems to piss her off more.
I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what schedule I should be following. 2 naps a day or 3? How often should I be formula feeding them? Should I sleep train again? They don’t have any teeth yet and I constantly think they are teething, but still no teeth. I just don’t know.
The problem is that I have two of them. Bryce could sleep anytime, anywhere. But his morning nap has been super short lately - like 30 minutes. She is much more alert and wants to stay awake longer. She can take a long time to get to sleep, but once she falls asleep, usually will sleep at least an hour. I really want them on the same schedule because I want a break!!! And their crying in their cribs is starting to really disturb the other one and then cause a chain reaction.
So I’m curious to hear about daily schedules for other 7 month olds. How many naps? How many bottles and when? How long can they stay awake? What time is bedtime? What time do they wake up in the morning? Do you have a set schedule or does it fluctuate?
I’m so frustrated with this nap situation. I’m exhausted and have NO BREAK. It’s constant fussing and battles to go down and then short naps and staggered naps. HELP!!