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Part 2 Worrying What To Expect When Expecting Multiples: How Do You Get Your Babies To Sleep Through The Night?

April 14, 2011 by Kimberly O'Bannon  
Filed under Multiple Births

Today I would like to continue my series on What To Expect When Expecting Multiples.

Now, hold on to your hats . . . but newborn babies don’t sleep at night!

Really???

Yes…

Now I am just joking around, but really when there are 2, 3, 4 or more babies at home it is very crazy and difficult to feed them, bath them and get them to sleep through the night.

I know from experience!

After my quadruplets left the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) of the hospital at 3 weeks old I had to quickly figure out how to care for four babies at the same time.

 At first, I tried to feed a baby on demand, or what worked out to be one baby every hour!

Insane!

No one was sleeping including the babies.

I learned the hard way that you don’t want to be feeding a baby every hour. There will be no time to get everything done that is needed when you just had a multiple birth.

Or for you to get any sleep.

Add into the equation, pumping or breast feeding, and you will truly lose your mind.

What I realized though was that babies in the NICU are put on either 3 hour or 4 hour feeding schedule for a reason. This is much easier on the babies’ digestion and will truly save your sanity especially if you are bringing home triplets or more!

 Plus the babies will sleep better and more on schedule.  Pretty soon, the time between feedings at night will stretch out to 6 to 8 hours, and then the babies are sleeping through the night.  Yeah!

 So does worrying about what to expect when expecting multiples have you stressing about . . .

  1. How to feed your babies . . .
  2. How to get them to sleep through the night . . . 
  3. How to bathe and care for the babies.

Well, there is good news.

One of the ways to be less stressed and more prepared is to read about different ways to get the babies on a feeding and wake schedule before they arrive. So where can you learn about the feeding/wake schedules?

So where can you learn about the feeding/wake schedule?

Once place is a book called On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep. This book offers basic information on how to slowly get the babies to be on a schedule you choose, thus sleeping when you want them to sleep . . . which is night time. J

Also, if you are just stressed in general about what to expect when expecting multiples, then do some stress reduction techniques.  You want to remain calm and in charge when either pregnant or taking care of small children.

 If you have 5 minutes a day, then there is a great resource for stress reduction in a simple format called “Overcome the 3 Deadly Mistakes That Cause Stress, Overwhelm and Burnout ebook Package”

Inside this package, you will discover:

  1. What the 3 Deadly Mistakes that Cause Stress and Burnout are
  2. The Three Big Secrets That Allow You to Avoid and Recover From Stress and Burnout
  3. An Amazing Simple Technique to Having Less Stress and Overwhelm in Your Life 5 Minutes From Now
  4. How to Reduce Your Stress Instantly Just by Listening to “Ancient Wisdom” Guided Relaxation™ Audio 5 minutes a Day

So do yourself a favor and just click on this link to check it out for yourself.

And remember it includes a 5-minute guided relaxation tape to help you relax and get some sleep! Newborn multiples quickly show you how precious sleep is . . .and well worth many times the cost of the package.  Check it out for yourself.

To Your Abundant Life with Multiples,

Kimberly O’Bannon
Ambassador of Positive Parenting, www.howtoliveonpurpose.com
Founder, TipsForMomsOfMultiples.com
AKA MultiMommy

Comments

5 Responses to “Part 2 Worrying What To Expect When Expecting Multiples: How Do You Get Your Babies To Sleep Through The Night?”
  1. Melissa Stranz says:

    Hello all, I am a mother of triplets, GBG, born 12/12/11 at 31 weeks, I am trying to get them to sleep through the night and the most I can get them to sleep is 4 hours straight. If anyone can give me advice I would appreciate it it so much as my husband and I are so tired. They are also so cranky at the same time every night, any thoughts? Please help, thank u
    Melissa

  2. Salina says:

    Great article. I will be dealing with some of these issues as well..
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