Bedtime Routine For Baby Twins

Bedtime Routine For Baby Twins

If you have a new baby, you’re probably wondering what a typical bedtime routine looks like. If you have twins, I am sure you are even more intrigued by how others are surviving. This is my experience of a bedtime routine with twins.

If you follow my Foxfairy Twins Instagram stories you’ll know that sleep has been a tricky area for us. When you’re surrounded by young babies that sleep from 7pm – 7am (yes, I actually have a friend whose baby actually does sleep that long. Not bitter in the slighted) and endless information and guides which will advise you on how long a baby should sleep for, it’s no wonder this subject can be frustrating for a parent.

However I did understand that establishing a bedtime routine early on was crucial to getting more sleep (for me and the babies). I personally love routine. It makes me feel like I have some idea of what I’m doing. So I was happy to start introducing this into our day.

Our Bedtime Routine

6.00pm:

Our babies have their last bottle of the day (we feed and then bath them so that they do not associate needing to be fed in order to get to sleep). Once the twins have finished having their milk I run the bath (my full post on How to Bathe Twins goes into more detail about how we do this with two babies) and then get out all of the items I will need and set it out ready on the changing top. This includes: two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items, coconut oil/lotion and a towel (I use one towel between the two of them…they each only use up half a towel as they’re still quite small).

 

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

6.20pm:

Choose one baby (normally the one who seems to be in the happier mood…although at this time of night that’s pretty tricky…) to strap into a baby seat and put them into the bathroom / just outside of the bathroom. I do this to watch over that baby whilst I’m bathing the other one. (Of course you would never leave a baby on its own in the bath, but having the other one near to you helps to keep them calm whilst they’re waiting to be bathed). I also try and set up something to keep this baby entertained, such as propping up a book for them to look at, or placing them in front of the mirror so that they can look at themselves.

Twin baby entertained by sitting in front of a mirror

Bedtime Routine: how to bathe baby twins on your own. I keep one baby entertained whilst I bathe the other baby. Putting them in front of a mirror works rather well!

I then take the first baby into the bedroom, take their clothes off, wipe around their nappy area, dispose of their nappy and take them into the bathroom, ready for their bath.

I begin by testing the water with my wrist to make sure the water is at the right temperature. I then lower the baby into the baby bath seat (we used a baby bath to begin with as they were so small, but ours have now grown out of it so we use a seat instead) and leave them to settle into the water for about half a minute. At first the babies would just lie there like dead fish, not moving at all. But now they kick their little legs and smile. It’s adorable.

Once they have settled into the water, I wipe the baby’s face with a flannel and then pour water over their body and then use a baby soap/body wash to wash their neck, underarms, fingers, Michelin thigh rolls and in between their toes (You would NOT believe how dusty babies get under their necks and in between their fingers and toes. At one point it looked like I had let them play inside the Dyson hoover…oops). Then rinse off.

I then move onto washing their hair (or heads in our case…still waiting for the hair to sprout) and really scrub behind their ears…it gets really gross behind there. I have also recently discovered the magic of Lucy Bee Coconut Oil for cradle cap. Francis had a bad case of it, but after coating his scalp with the oil after the bath, it has now almost completely cleared up! Amazing!

6.30pm:

I then take the baby out of the bath, wrap them up and take them to the nursery where I’ll quickly cover them in lotion or coconut oil, put their sleep suit on and tuck into bed. Once both babies are in their cot I will read them a quick story, say good night to them and leave them to settle down to sleep.

Mum reading to baby twins. Baby twins bed time routine. reading to babues

It is never too early to start reading to your babies! Such a lovely activity to spend with your little ones as they wind down for bedtime.

I love this routine as it helps the babies to settle for bedtime. They will now fall asleep as soon as they get into their cot. At first I followed this routine every day to teach them how to wind down for the night (I know this goes over the bathing recommendations, but I really wanted to get the babies into a bedtime routine. I just made sure I hardly used any soap or lotion to prevent their skin drying out). Because we have been consistent with this, we now only need to bathe the babies every other day and they still continue to settle well. On their non-bathing nights I will still cover the babies in lotion/oil before putting their sleep suits on. I am sure they now associate this smell with bed time. As I have practised this over the last few months, I can now get them both fed, bathed and into bed in just under an hour!

What Does Your Routine Look Like?

What is your bedtime routine like?

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10 Reasons Why I’m #RockingMotherhood

10 Reasons Why I’m #RockingMotherhood

The #RockingMotherhood tag had been doing the rounds for a few months now ever since the lovely Pat at White Camelias published a post listing 10 reasons she was rocking this motherhood gig. It was such a popular post she started the tag so that other mums could celebrate their wins too.

I don’t know about you but as soon as I typed the title of this post I felt a little uncomfortable. Although I’m extremely flattered to be taking part in this link, as a parent I think it’s incredibly hard to acknowledge the things that you’re doing well. Parent anxiety, mum guilt, the constant battle of how to spend your precious time with raising your children, spending time with loved ones, working, keeping up with domestic chores, making sure the bills are paid etc etc all make it extremely hard to feel like you’re actually even capable of doing a half decent job (you can read my Life With 4 Month Old Twins post to get a better insight into my daily antics).

However, as I look at my mutha.hood pin and my Yesmummum affirmation cards I think to myself: Actually, we should celebrate what we ARE doing well. Positive minds make for a positive life. So here I am, giving myself a gold star and a high five to the things that make me go ‘WHOOP! I’m doing a great job’. So thank you Alana from Burnished Chaos and Aleena from Mummy Mama Mum for the tags.

rocking motherhood. why we are rocking motherhood. how to look after twins

Normally with these sorts of things I think it’s best if you ask the people who are ultimately making this judgement of you. From the mouth of babes and all that. Although Beatrice and Francis are not yet able to talk, I think if I asked them what makes mummy good at looking after them, here’s what they would say:

Mumma is #RockingMotherhood Because…

  1. You are always smiling, even though we keep you awake at night and poo on you. We like it when you smile because it makes us smile too.

  2. Although you may be tired you always try to make sure we are entertained.  Even if it is just putting us in front of the washing machine so that you can have 5 minutes to wash our baby bottles. Don’t worry, we’ll get our own back when we don’t find it entertaining anymore and you have to find a different appliance to put us in front of. Ha. (Read our 21 Activities for Babies for more inspiration)

  3. You give us so many kisses and cuddles every day. This is definitely better than any toy or game. Thank you for making us feel like the best babies in the world.

  4. You are very brave. We know we are a handful, especially when you need to feed us both out of the house. But you can now do it on your own. Well done mummy! We hope we are just as brave as you one day.

  5. You make us giggle and laugh with your crazy dancing and singing. Thank you for not worrying about looking like a fool to keep us happy.

  6. You are fabulous at multitasking. If one of us needs cuddles and the other one needs another feed, you are somehow able to do this plus wash up, put the laundry on and start cooking dinner for you and daddy, all at the same time.

  7. You know how important it is to give us time to learn new things. You recognise that we will learn things differently and that is ok. Thank you for spending this special time with us.

  8. You know that if we are grizzly, it won’t last for long and we’ll make you smile again with our antics. We know how much you love it when we make funny noises or pass extremely loud wind whilst we’re out in public.

  9. You make choices based on us as a family of four now, not just you and daddy. Thank you for spending your Prosecco money on teething gel and nappy bags. We know it’s a huge sacrifice for you.

  10. You recognise and treat us like individuals. Even though we are twins you know that we like different things, act in different ways and have different personalities. Thank you for making us feel very special in our own little way.

So there you have the 10 reasons why Beatrice and Francis think I’m rocking motherhood. You know, it’s the hardest job in the world being a parent, but I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be doing it.

To make sure the motherhood love continues to spread, I’m going to invite some other lovely ladies to carry the tag on. I look forward to reading your reasons why you rock. They are:

Ellie at How To Grow A Person

Katy at keepingabreastwiththetwins

dansoutofcontrol at blondehairbrowneyes

Mumvibess at Mum Vibes

fibee2712 at The Morse Code

Happy tagging!

The Rules For The Tag

  • Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.

  • List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10. I really don’t mind).

  • Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.

  • Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.

I would love to read what you come up with and so would Pat so if you tweet your post to @whitecamelias and @FoxfairyTwins we will be happy to RT them for you. Thank you for reading x

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

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Guest Bloggers Needed

Guest Bloggers Needed!

Hi everyone. Are you a blogger sharing experiences of raising little ones? Well, I am ridiculously excited to announce that we are going to be introducing a new blog post to our week: Takeover Tuesday! This is where you lovely bloggers will get the change to feature one of your posts on our page!

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If you are a parent blogger (doesn’t have to be twin related, all parents welcome) and are interested to take part in this feature, please do not hesitate to get in touch either by commenting below, DM us on our Foxfairy Twins Instagram Page or email us at: foxfairytwinsblog@hotmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you! As always, thank you for your fabulous support x

 

Blogging Secret…

SHHHHHHHHH! Want to know my blogging secret of how I stay organised in my blogging life? Check out My Blogging Secret post now!

 

 

 

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My Blogging Secret…!

My Blogging Secret..!

Having baby twins, a house move and redecorating. Of course I needed something else to keep me busy during my maternity leave… Anyone who knows me and is reading this will laugh and probably mutter ‘typical’, but truth be told, I can’t help keeping busy. I think I might actually be a…workaholic…I don’t mean to make myself so busy but I think it’s the thrill of learning new things. My brain loves new challenges and being on mat leave wasn’t going to change that. Of course raising twins is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I needed something to keep my brain stimulated during this time too.

blogging secrets. blogging tips and advice

That’s when I stumbled across blogging. Honestly, before I took the scary leap and signed up to WordPress, I don’t think I had ever read a blog. I didn’t really understand this unknown community but wanted to learn fast. Having twins, I felt like I had so much experience to share. But where to start??

That’s when I stumbled across Aby Moore’s You Baby Me Mummy Blog (you MUST check her out if you haven’t already!). Her fabulous advice and tips have helped me so much. And how do I stay so organised whilst looking after my 5 month old twins? Here’s my secret….

The Ultimate Blog Biz Spreadsheet

The 16 page value-packed spreadsheets includes:

  • Content calendar

  • Content plan

  • IG schedule

  • Email calendar

  • Action board

  • Daily schedule

  • Invoice record

  • Blog Biz finances

  • Competitor research tracking

  • Social Media Editorial Calendar

  • Project decision maker

  • Monthly stats tracker

  • Repurposing tracker

  • Influencer networking tracker

  • Posts by category

  • Exposure tracking

It helps me to stay organised and on track.

 

Find the link to this fabulous pack here (affiliated link):

The Ultimate Blog Biz Spreadsheet

Good luck and happy blogging!

 

 

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Snapshot Sunday: We Love Reading

Snapshot Sunday: We Love Reading

Welcome to Snapshot Sunday! The blog post where I share a fabulous photo that captures our experiences of raising twins.

If you follow us on Instagram at Foxfairy Twins you will know that one of our favourite baby activities is to read (more activity ideas in our 21 Activities for Babies post). From a very early age we started introducing books our twins. It’s never too early to start reading! Just hearing your voice aids language development, as well as promoting the pleasure of reading.

One afternoon I left a book propped up next to Francis to have a look at. He was so interested in the book that he ended up sliding it onto his head! I hope this love for books and reading continues.

Baby reading book. Parent tips and advice. Parent hacks. Baby activities

Our babies love to look at books! We try and read to our babies every day so that they develop a love of reading. What activities do your babies enjoy?

What Is Your Favourite Activity?

What is your little one’s favourite activity?

 

 

 

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Quick Fix Friday: Baby Changing Stations

Quick Fix Friday: Baby Changing Stations

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

Setting Up Baby Changing Stations Around Your Home

As I prepared for our new arrivals, I tried to plan for every eventuality (you’re not that surprised really are you?). I knew the likelihood of having a caesarean was quite high so I had that in my mind as I organised all of the baby paraphernalia around our home. Although I had taken a lot of pride in setting up my baby changing station in the nursery, I knew that after day 1 of walking up and down the stairs every 2 hours day and night to change a nappy was not going to last.

So to help ease the nappy changing fiasco I set up baskets of baby changing items around the house. These included: nappies, baby wipes, cream, nappy bags, 2 spare sleep suits and 2 spare vests (ready for any nappy leakage!). Pete laughed at me as I placed them around the house, but as soon as we had two 5 day old babies come home from hospital at 10.30pm, I can tell you he was rather grateful. It’s the small things I find that really help and this was one of them.

Setting up mini changing stations around your house can help with the endless day and night nappy changes.

Setting up mini changing stations around your house can help with the endless day and night nappy changes.

 

Baby changing basket. Advice for parents. Parent Hacks

Put mini baby changing baskets around your home so you can easily change your babies.

Do You Have Any Tricks?

Do you have any little tricks that helped to ease the nappy changing times?

 

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How To Play With Your Newborn: 21 Activities For Young Babies

Are you a parent with a young baby and not sure how to entertain them in between their feeds and naps? Here I have listed 21 activities that have kept our baby twins entertained over the last few months:

  1. Singing time. Yes, you might not be Beyoncé but I promise your baby won’t judge you. Babies love to hear the sound of your voice and listening to you sing actually aids language development. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with many nursery rhymes, I just sing what the babies and I are doing at the time…e.g. ‘Oh wow aren’t you cute, you’ve puked on me and your baby suit’/ ‘What is that smell? What is that smell? Is it Francis’ nappy that smells? What a stinky baby, That is the smell’ / Beatrice  is a dribble dribble monster, who likes to pull my hair, she is extremely cheeky and vomits everywhere’. You get the idea.

  2. Reading. If you follow my Foxfairy Twins Instagram page you’ll know how much I love reading with my babies. It’s such a wonderful activity that allows you to have quality time with your little one. And it is never too early to start reading with a baby! Of course at this stage it doesn’t really matter if you’re reading Baby’s First Book or the latest IKEA furniture guide (nice one Pete). They will just enjoy listening to your voice.

    Mum reading to baby twins. Baby twins bed time routine. reading to babues

    It is never too early to start reading to your babies! Such a lovely activity to do with your little babies.

  3. Going for a walk. Do not underestimate the power of fresh air when your babies have been screaming for the whole afternoon (that dreaded witching hour…which btw, is NEVER just an hour…) and will not settle with cuddles, bottle feeds or nappy changes. It is my number 1 go to for grizzly babies (and great for your endorphins too…although wine would obviously help more…)

  4. Bath time. I love bath time. It’s a chance for me to spend quality time with each baby. Our twins love being in the water. If you haven’t already, you can read my post on Bathing Twins for more information about how I organise this with two young babies. At first they would just lie there like dead fish, but now they’re stronger they are starting to kick their legs under the water in excitement. It’s very cute.

  5. Dancing. Not only does shaking around to Radio 1’s Dance Anthems (I miss partying) entertains the babies, it helps to shake off some baby weight too (unless you counteract it with wine at the end of the night…oops).

  6. Lights. I have recently discovered the fabulous entertainment value in fairy lights. I try and experiment with them around the flat. I’ll hang them over the sofa / along the cot / put them into a jar / dangle them above the babies etc etc. That was the best £3 I have spent in IKEA.

  7. Colourful bibs. Tummy time has not been the most favourable activity in our household which has forced me to think of inventive ways of making it more interesting for the babies. I found draping a colourful bib over the arm of the sofa encourages the babies to keep their heads up for longer whilst they tried to focus on the pattern.

  8. Appliances. Ah. The washing machine. Post babies, you are not only on every day to cope with the amount of laundry we now have to contend with, but also to keep the babies entertained whilst I wash their bottles. The twins love watching the machine spin (I think they like the noise too). Go on, give it a try!

    Babies entertained by washing machine

    Parent Hacks: Use the washing machine as entertainment for your babies!

  9. White noise. I cannot express the amount of love I have for white noise. It has saved us from numerous meltdowns and sleepless nights. Downloaded onto my phone, if the babies are a little grizzly or over tired and cannot calm themselves down, in a matter of minutes of turning it on they go from inconsolable nightmares to angelic, sleeping babies. It is my secret weapon.

  10. Propped up books. Sometimes when the babies are lying on the floor I’ll prop open a book and put it next to them. They enjoy twisting to one side to look at it (whilst helping them to practise how to roll at the same time). Concertina books are fantastic because you can open them out and wrap it around where the babies are on the floor or hang it above their heads for them to look at.

  11. Bubbles. What a mesmerising and inexpensive way to entertain little babies. Simply sit them in their baby chairs or on the floor and blow bubbles for them to watch. This is fantastic way to help them to focus their eyes on moving objects.

  12. Hairdryer. Very similar to the white noise tip. In the mornings I usually have the babies in the bedroom with me whilst I’m getting ready and as soon as I put the hairdryer on they drift off into a sleepy slumber.

  13. Extractor fan. Again, similar to using white noise. Sometimes I’ll walk around the flat with the babies whilst listening to the extractor fan. They love it.

  14. Shower room. When I’m getting ready in the mornings I sometimes have to put the babies just inside the bathroom with me to keep them entertained. The noise and steam from the shower keeps them calm and for enough time for me to shampoo AND condition my hair. #winning

  15. Lying in a different room. This might sound obvious, but if the babies seem a little bored but it’s too late in the day to go out, I lie them down in a different room in the flat. Just putting them down on a mat in the bathroom or onto our bed allows them have a chance to see different objects (and distraction is everything).

  16. Baby massage. You may have already read my post about A Day In The Life With Twins, if so you’ll know that my take on baby massage is basically rub in a bit of lotion or oil and job done. I do notice though, when I start massaging the babies they do enjoy it. So that’s a nice, calming activity to do with your babies.

  17. Rocking in the pram. I must admit I don’t really do this that often, however, when we were in the process of moving house and there were boxes everywhere, we strapped the babies in their pram to keep them entertained. They quite enjoyed it. I think they liked the mixture of movement plus seeing the room from a different view.

  18. Lying next to another baby. Obviously if you have twins or more than one child then this is an easy one to pull off. If not you could try the next one…

    baby twins. boy girl twins 5 month old twins

    Lying next to each other can be entertaining for little ones.

  19. Attend a local baby group. Now, I didn’t actually start doing this until very recently as the babies were always asleep so it didn’t seem worth while. However now they stay awake for about an hour at a time so I’ve recently started going and the babies love seeing and hearing different things in this new environment.

  20. Meet a friend for coffee and cake. Babies love to be out of the house and even if they stay in their pram sleeping for the time you have a coffee, cake and cheerful chat, it’s the perfect activity for all of you.

  21. My most favourite: Cuddles. Nothing will be more satisfying than having baby cuddles. It’s such a wonderful bonding experience for parent and baby (and gives you an excuse to take 5).

 

Do You Have Any Suggestions?

Do you have any baby activities to share? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

 

 

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

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