When to Separate Twins?

Updated on May 23, 2008
A.H. asks from Findlay, OH
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I have 7 month old twin girls who share a crib. Now that they are more active and growing, their "own" sleep space is becoming cramped. Just wondering what other parents of multiples have done with the sleep situation. When should I put them in their own crib? Has anyone had good or bad experiences to share?

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S.E.

answers from Bloomington on

My twins have been separated since birth. We always had them in their own bassinets and cribs. Now they are 2 yrs old and they share a full size bed to sleep.

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K.G.

answers from Columbus on

I also have twin girls- age 9 1/2 yrs. We put them in their own cribs, but the same room, when they were mobile. They shared a room until they were about 7 yrs old...now they have their own rooms but with a jack-n-jill bath separating the rooms. When they are having twin moments, they open the doors so they can see each other. We also have pull-out trundles under their beds so they can sleep together whenever they want. good luck!

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M.O.

answers from Toledo on

I have 5 month twin girls and they slept together until they were 3 months. We had a divider in the crib so they each had their own space but they would both end up scootching to the middle with their faces in the divider so we decided it was time to give them more space. Neither of them had any problem with the separation. Their cribs are right next to eachother so once they are old enough I'm sure they'll keep each other company.

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S.K.

answers from South Bend on

I separated my twins once they started waking each other up from moving arms, legs, etc. Mine were even younger than yours. (I believe about 5 months) I didn't put their cribs side by side like the other woman suggested... but I think that's a good idea! Mine are now 9 and still sleep with each other in the same bed half the time, even though they have their own beds.

Good luck! You have a 'whirlwind' of fun ahead of you! =)

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S.H.

answers from Cleveland on

as an identical twin myself, first i would like to say, way to go! for keeping those babies together in a crib, it is/was the best thing you can/could do for them! as for seperating them, the best time would probly be around 8 months, but!, please put the cribs directly next to each other so that they can still see and touch each other, at least for a few months then slowly seperate them father and father apert.

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K.R.

answers from Dayton on

My brothers (now 37) are twins. Mom put them in different beds and they never slept good until she put them in the same crib. Even when they got older, like Jr. high they had twin bunk beds but they put them side by side like it was a big bed. I think it just depends on your girls. Do whatever works for them.

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B.N.

answers from Columbus on

I separated my boy/girl twins at 3 mos. and moved them to their own beds, but like others, still in the same room. They are now 2½ and I've never had a problem with them being apart. I do find my son in his sister's bed from time to time though :)

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A.H.

answers from Dayton on

Hi twin mom. I have twins who are almost 3 1/2 and they still sleep in the same bed.
When they began to get more mobile we tried to seperate them and it was to much. They didn't sleep well without the other one. They are use to being kicked in the head and rolled on since the womb so they don't even notice it. We haved to put them in different beds when they were 2 & also at 3 and they insist that they sleep together. My twins are identical so this may be a little different in your case. I think it depends on the twins and you. Twins share a bond that is different then other siblings. They connect in a way only you and I as a mom can understand. I don't think that there is a wron or a right time to try to seperate them. Try it and see what happends - at 7 months they may be fine I never tried that early.
Best of Luck

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D.B.

answers from Columbus on

I have 9 month old twin boys and they have been seperated for about 7 months now bc one would wake the other and that was bad. It will not hurt the twins to put them in their own beds they might like it mine do they love it but one will still talk to wake the other up in the morning all the time They will grow to love being apart. It will not hurt to try it They might just do ok being in 2 different beds mine do

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S.F.

answers from Dayton on

I'm a mom of almost 2 year old twin boys. They slept together briefly but I had always read that they should not be in the same crib after 3 or 4 months of age because one may roll on top of the other one and then the other one may not be able to get out from underneath. My boys sleep in the same room in seperate cribs. Best of luck!

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S.S.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi A.,
We have 27 month old twin girls, we separated them at 3 months. One has always been a good sleeper, and the other is a very restless sleeper therefore we had to separate them. They share a room, and often talk each other to sleep and say "Morning" with such excitment when they see each other wake up. So, you don't have to feel like you are separating them, they will be fine sharing a room and probably more comfortable having their own crib. Good luck, if you ever have any questions, I can be reached at [email protected]____.com Luck!

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J.E.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi! As a mom of 3 year old identical twin girls, I would agree with separating them. They can still be close to each other with the cribs touching, but have more of their own space to sleep in. My girls coslept until about 6 months old. Then we backed two cribs up to each other and they were just as happy. They would reach through the cribs and talk and play with each other just as they had before. They now have toddler beds next to each other, but with about a foot apart. They love being together, and sometimes I find them sleeping together on the floor. But they still have their own bed and space if they choose to use it! Good luck - it is a precious gift to be a mom of twins!

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K.H.

answers from Cincinnati on

Hi A.. We separated our girl boy twins around 4 months. They were just too wild when they slept. They have been in separte cribs, across the room from each other, since and we've had no problems. They love it. We just, as in last night, converted them to toddler beds as they were getting out of the cribs already at 18 months. Good luck!

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S.W.

answers from Indianapolis on

My girls are 14, so co-sleeping was not the norm when they were babies - they always had their own crib. When we went to stay at my parents lake house, they shared a playpen at bedtime, and they slept very well together - until they were toddlers. I was amazed that they would have a sister's leg over their tummy and a toe up their nose, and still slept. But as far as safe sleeping, if they are active - as in crawling over one another - it is probably time to separate them. You can put them together to go to sleep, them move one to her other bed a little later. Try napping them separately and see how they do. Good luck!

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H.I.

answers from Cleveland on

I think seperating the twins in other beds would be a good idea. When the twins grow they need more room to move around. In your situation I would separate them in other beds.

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L.L.

answers from Columbus on

A.,

we put our boy/girl twins into separate cribs around 7 months because my son was so active...no matter where we placed them, he always ended up turned the opposite way, kicking her in the head. We moved to a new town within a month or so after separating. So when we moved we put them in separate rooms as well. We still kept the same schedule for sleeping and eating (if one woke in the night, we woke the other) and the transition went very well. They are 5 now and once in awhile they wake up in the same bed. Good luck with your twins!

L.

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A.B.

answers from Lafayette on

I have twin boys who are now 8. They also slept in the same crib for the first few months. I believe I put them in seperate cribs once they started to become mobile. I want to say around 5 to 6 months. They had their own cribs and their own toddler beds. Always the same room. Then at 5 we put a bunk bed in their room and they share the bottom bunk. It's a full size bottom bunk. Their sister sleeps on the top bunk. We have a small 3 bedroom house and 5 children, so they are multiple kids in each room! :) Love grows strong in small spaces, right?!

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J.R.

answers from Canton on

Congratulations on the twins! I have 4 1/2 y.o. twin boys. I had them in the same crib until they were 6-7 mths. Then I put them in seperate cribs. They haven't slept together since. Hope this helps.

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