What helps my twins sleep through the night?

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum
If you’re a new mum or a mum-to-be, you’re going to want to read this!

Getting your precious bub to sleep, and helping them to stay asleep, can be a challenge.

(I’m a big fan of breastfeeding to sleep/responding to baby’s needs and am anti-cry-it-out.

Baby 1
My first daughter didn’t sleep long periods until closer til 12 months as her ‘sleep association’ (ie. The ONLY way she knew how to get to sleep) was being breastfed to sleep.  And let’s face it, I would spring into action every time she made the tiniest squawk.

Baby 2
My son was a great sleeper from just a few weeks old (hubby and I changed our technique a little since our first born and our baby boy would happily drift off in my arms each night at 8.58pm after an evening of cluster breastfeeding. And by around 6 months, after his last feed for the evening, we could wave, blow kisses and say good night and he’d go to sleep happily in his cot).

Babies 3 & 4
And THANKFULLY (hallelujah, praise the lord, thank you universe…) my twin girls started sleeping 11 hours each night from around 5 months as they had learnt to happily self-settle (I could put them down for a nap after breastfeeding them and recognising their tired signs and they would drift off to sleep happily – or be rocked/ patted/ cuddled/ boobed, depending on the day).
They had also discovered that sucking their finger or thumb to sleep was soothing too – so they would roll over in the middle of the night and suck a thumb or finger to go back to sleep.
Suits us now, but yes apparently it may be a habit we’ll need to deal with down the track. But hey, whatever works).

All 4 of my bubs enjoyed being comfortably swaddled as newborns, and eventually enjoyed being able to get their hands and/or legs out by themselves.

If your bubs are anything like mine, they liked to kick their swaddles/blankets off during the night and then may wake up cold.

So when I discovered Grobags – gorgeous, cosy sleeping bags for babies/toddlers/kids – it was celebrations all around as it allowed my little ones to stay snug as a bug all night long!

Even with summer just around the corner, don’t let this put you off. Grobags come in a variety of “tog” ratings and can be used in warmer and cooler months.

According to Grobag, the tog measurement is a European warmth rating: the higher the tog, the warmer the product.
“A number of factors determine the tog rating of the baby sleep bag that should be used. These include the number of clothes your baby is wearing, the temperature of their bedroom and your baby's health.”
For my little ones, a 2.5 tog was perfect during winter over a wonder suit/ onesie or PJs and a 1.0 tog or 0.5 tog is perfect during summer (if the room is around 24 degrees) with just a t-shirt and shorts or sleeveless bodysuit underneath.
My twin girls have had the pleasure of trying out Grobags and I have been super impressed by the quality and design of Grobag’s offerings.
Twincess Victoria ready for bed wearing her Grobag.

Features such as the comfort Рand all round snuggle-factor, design - 100% woven cotton outer with appliqu̩ and embroidery details - and the soft piped edges have been well thought out.

My favourite thing about the Baby Bird Travel Grobags that my twin girls wear - is the safety covers that protect the zipper - and the child’s neck. 

This also helps to prevent mischievous little toddlers from removing their own sleeping bags and potentially taking their own nappies off!
My girls also get excited each night when it's time to put on their Grobags - as they know it's story time.

My twincesses love wearing their Grobags.

It's hard to keep them still long enough for a photo these days ;-)

Travel Grobags can also be easily fitted with a 5 point harness in a pram or car seat.

They’re machine washable and can be tumble dried on low heat and, most importantly, Australian Safety Standard Approved AS/NZS 1249:2003.

The safety patch covering the zipper.

According to Grobag:
An ideal time to start using a Grobag baby sleep bag is when your baby weighs more than 8.8 lbs (0-6 mths size). Your child's head should not be able to pass through the neck hole when the Grobag is fastened; otherwise the Grobag is too big. Remember to check the weight of your child.
Please remember that these are recommendations only as all babies are different.

Disclaimer: Gold Coast Mum received Grobag products for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

What does your baby/toddler wear to bed?
What are you tips for helping your bub to sleep?

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