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Twins: Should they Share a Crib?

This week’s Baby Tips of the Day will center around twins, triplets and higher order multiples! In this video, Twins: Should they share a Crib? LMS twins answer this question.

Should twins share crib? Since we know that the only safe sleeping environment for newborns and babies is a flat, firm surface away from pillows, blankets and other items, the answer is no, twins should not share a crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that: “The safety and benefits of co-bedding for twins and higher-order multiples have not been established. It is prudent to provide separate sleep surfaces and avoid co-bedding…”  

To help multiples feel comforted, let them stay close to each other during awake times. There are studies which show that premature twins help each other improve heart rate and breathing, so being close can be beneficial! And of course it makes sense that this closeness is comforting to siblings who have spent 9 months in the womb together! Just make sure you’re always keeping an eye on the babies to ensure their safety and be sure they have their own safe sleep environment.  

What should I do to make sure I can tell my identical twins apart?! Your newborns will be given hospital hats with an “A” and “B” on them and to tell who’s who but the babies will grow out of those hats very soon! LMS twins Eme & Zoe have some more suggestions here: 

What are your tips for parents due with twins and higher order multiples? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram! #BabyTipoftheDay

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