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Hi,

I am the mother of 4 month old twin girls and am finding things are a bit tough. My girls still get up 2 to 3 times in the night and I feed them when they do as I am finding that they don't drink enough during the day no matter what I try (about 100 ml on average feeds). I am wondering if maybe I should start them on solids and whether this will fill them up more and they may start sleeping better or do I just try to put them to bed without a feed??? (in which case I would feel bad doing this).

Also, one of my girls seems to whinge and whine all day long and I am getting a bit sick of picking her up every half an hour. Any suggestions on how I can deal with this. Most of the time she isn't really crying (there are no tears) but I just hate hearing her all day so I pick her up. How long should you leave a baby to cry for on their own before picking them up??? I am a bit clueless as these are my first babies and not really sure I am doing the right thing. Any help appreciated.
Hi there, I have 10 1/2 month old twin boys.
I can gladly say that sleepless nights happen only occasionly now instead of nightly...you will get your nights back, but you will have to do some work on your techniques on getting them to settle back to sleep. I did the same things that you are doing...and soon realised that I was creating some bad habits for my boys.
Babies up to the age of 6mths can still need a night feed.
There are books available that have a lot of advice on what to do and what not to do. The one by Tizzie hall...can't remember the title has had rave reviews. There is also a sleep specialist on the Huggies website..follow the links and ask for advice.
With the grizzly one during the day, at 4 months this is usual for a bub to get bored, tired, over stimulated and she is letting you know that she needs a change of scenery or it maybe tired signs.
Or again it could be that she wants you to pick her up and this is how she gets what she wants. Try instead to keep her on the floor, but interact with her rather than picking her up.( Hope this makes sense.) It is really important to keep twins self amused as there is nothing worse for us to have 2 bubs that want our constant attention. I have always left mine together on the floor, without me being constantly around them. The first chance I get to go and do something by myself I go and do it.
You should not leave a truly crying baby for more than a few mins, if it is just grizzling you are going to have to do a bit of tough love and not pick her up but try and distract her give her a new toy, different scenery or let her grizzle for a bit and hope that she realises that the old grizzle trick doesn't always work.
Good luck with being a truly lucky mum to have twins...a heap of hard work, but it is the best job in the world!!!!




Danielle

Just another quick comment,
i started solids at 4 months to try to fill my kids up a bit too, but it didn't make that much difference. However it made me confident that they could sleep all night without needing to be fed, as I knew that they had plenty of food during the day. I also breast fed them so I wasn't exactly sure how much they got each time, but they were both putting on weight so I figured they got enough.
It is also alot easier if you do feed them and settle them down at the same time, even if you have to wake the other one up. It feels cruel, but you need to make your life as easy as possible, otherwise you will go nuts!
Have fun, and remember it gets better as they get older!
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