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My Twins’ Schedules

I first wrote this post when I just had my son. Since then, I have had my twin daughters. I thought I would write out the schedules that I have kept with them as well. My son did not require as much sleep as my daughters. Therefore, my son’s schedules have been very different than my twin daughter’s schedules.

Below are the schedules that I kept with my twin daughters. Please check back periodically. I will add to new schedules each month.

To view the schedules I kept with my son, please click on this link: https://blogginaboutbabies.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/infant-schedules-by-month/

0-4 Weeks Old
My twin girls were born 2 weeks early. This is their schedule for week one. They are 39 weeks (gestational age). They are very sleepy. It takes me 30 minutes to feed them an another 15 minutes to burp, change diapers, and reswaddle them. So by the time I am done, I just lay them back in their crib and let them have some wake time looking at their mobile or I talk to them. They usually fall asleep an hour after being awoken for their feeding. I am tandem breastfeeding them too.

7am Feed/ Awake
8am-10am Sleep
10am Feed/ Awake
11:00-1:00 Sleep
1:00pm Feed/ Awake
2:00-4:00 Sleep
4:00pm Feed/ Awake
5:00-7:00 Sleep
7:00 Feed/ Awake
8:00-10:30 Sleep
10:30 Dream Feed & Diaper Changes
11:00/11:45 Back in crib for night
3ish Middle of the night feeding

4-6 Weeks Old
7am Feed
8-10am Nap
10am Feed
11-1pm Nap
1pm Feed
2-4pm Nap
4pm Feed
5-6pm Catnap
6pm Cluster Feed
6-8 Awake Time (No Sleep)
8pm Cluster Feed
8:30/8:45 Bedtime
11pm Dreamfeed
2-3am MOTN Feeding

6-8 Weeks Old
The girls were in a marathon growth spurt form about 6-7.5 weeks old. So it has kind of messed up the schedule. I decided to keep a very loose eat, wake, sleep pattern. They were eating about every 2.5 hours. Sometimes less and sometimes longer stretches between feedings, but that is what I did. I had a set wake up time and a set bedtime and our evenings were pretty consistent from about 5pm on. So here is what the schedule sort of looked like:

7 feed
7:50- 9:30 Nap
9:30 feed
10:20- 12:00 Nap
12 feed
12:50- 2:30 Nap
2:30 feed
3:20- 5:00 Nap
5 feed
5:50- 7:00 Nap
7 feed
7:30-8:15 Snooze in bouncers/ swings
8:15/8:30 Bath
9 feed, followed by bedtime
4-5am MOTN feeding

9-12 Weeks Old
My twins’ wake time varies between 50-60 minutes. They were battling with the 45 minute intruder for many of their naps. We are in the mist of CIO. Some naps are perfect while others are lousy. Naps are just a work in progress. I stopped doing a dreamfeed. I found that doing a dreamfeed actually did not encourage longer stretches of sleep at night. Rather, the dreamfeed made my girls wake more frequently throughout the night.

7:30 Wake & Feed
8:20/8:30-10:00 Nap
10:00 Feed
10:50/11:00-1:00 Nap
1:00 Feed
1:50/2:00- 4:00 Nap
4:00 Feed
4:50/5:00-5:45/6:00 Nap
6:00 Hang out in bouncers while family eats dinner
6:30 Feed
7:00 Bath
7:45 Feed
8:00 Bedtime
(Sleeping 7-9 hours at night. Typically waking for MOTN feeding around 4am)

3 Months Old

I am going to post two schedules. The first schedule was for the first half of three months and then it changed and evolved into another schedule. 3 months both girls hit growth spurts that lasted forever! So our schedule ended up getting messed up quite a bit due to needing to eat more often.

First Half of 3 Months:
7:00 Nurse
7:45- 10:00 Nap
10:00 Nurse
10:50/55-1:00 Nap
1:00 Nurse
1:50/55-4:00 Nap
4:00 Nurse
4:50/55-6:00 Nap
6:00 Nurse
7:00 Bath
7:30 Nurse
7:45 Bedtime

Second Half of 3 Months:
7:00 Nurse
8:00-10:00 Nap
10:00 Nurse
11:00- 1:00 Nap
1:00 Nurse
2:00- 4:00 Nap
4:00 Nurse
5:00- 5:45 Nap
5:45 Nurse
7:00 Nurse, Followed by Bedtime

4 Months Old
7:00 Nurse
8:30-10:00 Nap
10:00 Nurse
11:30-1:00 Nap
1:00 Nurse
2:30-4:00 Nap
4:00 Nurse
5:30-6:15 Nap
6:15 Nurse
7:45 Nurse
8:00 Bedtime

5 Months Old
We started solids at 4 months, but they would not take them. We tired again at 5 months and they took them. Also my twins needed a different amount of waketime before bedtime in order to fall asleep quickly and easily.
7:00 Nurse
8:30-10:30 Nap
10:30 Nurse & Solids
12:15-2:15 Nap
2:15 Nurse
4:00-4:45 Nap
4:45 Nurse & Solids
6:15 Nurse
6:45 Anna Bedtime, 7:00 Molly Bedtime

6 Months
First Half of 6 months they still took a 3rd catnap, but by the end of the 6 month. They dropped the catnap. So I have listed two schedules below.

First Half of 6 months
7:00 Nurse & Solids
9:00-11:00 Nap
11:00 Nurse & Solids
1:00-3:00 Nap
3:00 Nurse
5:00- 5:30 Nap
5:30 Nurse & Solids
7:30 Nurse & Bed

Second Half of 6 Months
7am Nurse
8am Solids
9:00/9:15- 11:00 Nap (Molly goes down for a nap sooner than Anna)
11:00 Nurse
12:30 Solids
1:15/1:30- 3:30 Nap (Molly goes down for a nap sooner than Anna)
3:30 Nurse
5:00 Solids
6:30 Molly Bottle, Followed by Bed
7:00 Anna Nurse, Followed by Bed

7 Months
Molly and Anna have different nap times and different bedtimes, but they eat at the same time so I can save my sanity. I am still tandem breastfeeding so I need them to nurse at the same time. Anna just requires less sleep than Molly. Anna is waking before 7am most mornings. When she does that, I just leave her in her crib until it is time to get up. I do this to keep Molly and Anna on the same feeding schedule. I also discovered that I had to limit Anna’s morning nap to one hour if I want her to sleep at least two hours in the afternoon. So if Anna is still sleeping after an hour in the morning, I wake her up.

7:00 Nurse
8:00 Solids
9:00-11:00 Molly Nap
9:30-10:30 Anna Nap
11:00 Nurse & Solids
1:30-3:30 Molly & Anna Nap
3:30 Nurse & Small Snack
5/5:30 Solids
7:00 Nurse Molly, Followed by Bed
7:30 Nurse Anna, Followed by Bed

8 & 9 Months
Molly still needs to go to bed a few minutes earlier than Anna for naps and bedtime. I still have to wake Anna up from her morning nap. If she naps longer than an hour in the morning or passed 11am, she fights taking an afternoon nap or will take a very late afternoon nap.
7:00 Nurse
8:00 Solids
9:30-11:00 Molly Nap
9:45/10:00-11:00 Anna Nap
11:00 Nurse & Solids
1:30 Small Snack (helps them take a better nap)
1:45/2:00-4:00 Nap
4:00 Nurse
5/5:30 Solids
6:30/7  Nurse Molly/ Bottle Anna, Followed by Bed

10 Months
There is really no big change to the schedule, just slightly longer wake times form 8-9 months old, but only by 15 minutes.
7:00 Nurse
8:00 Solids
9:45/10:00-11:00 Nap
11:00 Nurse
12:00 Solids
2:00-4:00 Nap
4:00 Nurse & Small Snack
5:30 Solids
7:00  Nurse Molly/ Bottle Anna, Followed by bed

11 &13 Months Old
The big difference this month is bedtime is moving about 15-30 minutes later and dinner was shifted a little later. Otherwise, schedule remains the same as 10 months. At 12 Months, however, Anna is taking much longer to fall asleep for naps, taking up to 30 minutes some naps. I think Anna is ready to make the move to one nap a day, but I would like to keep Anna & Molly on the same napping schedule. So for now, I just put both girls down at the same time and Anna just plays in her crib for a few minutes quietly before she falls asleep.
7:00 Nurse
8:00 Solids
9:45/10:00-11:00 Nap
11:00 Nurse
12:00 Solids
2:00-4:00 Nap
4:00 Nurse & Small Snack
6:00 Solids
7:15/7:30  Nurse Molly/ Bottle Anna, Followed by bed

14 Months
This month I began to wean the girls. We were only nursing at morning and bedtime. By the end of the 14 month, we were only nursing in the morning and I dropped the bedtime feeding all together. I did not even replace the bedtime feeding with a sippy of milk- we just went cold turkey. They did fine with no bedtime feeding and slept until morning. I dropped this bedtime feeding with my son around 14 months too and he did just fine. The really has a hard time going down for their naps. Sometimes taking an hour to fall asleep for their afternoon nap. I knew this would be the last month that I did two naps, but I decided to stick out two naps a little while longer because Molly still needed two naps to make it through the day. I also had to move bedtime up to 8pm because it was taking them way to long to fall asleep at night.
7:00 Nurse
8:00 Solids
10:00-11:00 Nap
11:00 Milk in a sippy cup
12:00 Solids
2:00-4:00 Nap
4:00 Milk in a sippy cup & Small Snack
6:00 Solids
8:00  Nurse Molly & Anna, Followed by Bed

15-18 Months
I move the girls to one nap at 15 months. I started to let them sleep in as long as they wanted and then for a week put them down at 12pm for their one nap. Slowly over two weeks I started to move their nap time to 1pm. They were tired during those two weeks when we moved to one nap, but with some outside play and distraction, they made the switch to one nap rather well. I also dropped the final nursing and they are completely weaned now.

8am Milk & Breakfast
10am Snack & Water
12pm Lunch & Milk
1-4/4:30pm Nap
4/4:30 Snack & Water
6pm Dinner & Milk
8pm Bedtime

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Here is a link to a chart that lists what portion sizes toddler should have and the various food group types they should eat. I found it very helpful so I thought I would share it with you all!


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