Twins' Daily Schedule: Age 1
One of THE smartest things you can do as a twin mom is to follow another twin mom on social media that has kids several months older than yours. Anticipating changes and what developmentally comes next is KEY. You can stay ahead of the game that way and know when times might be on the verge of getting tough. So, that’s why I’m here to share some of our insight with you.
Many mothers find it helpful to see someone else’s twin schedule regarding sleep at night, daytime naps, meals, and other activities. For those with kids less than or around 1 year, I have our daily schedule put together in an organized table for you. My kids, Joules and Ames, are 14 months at the moment, but this schedule has been the same for a while and still applies.
To give you context, my kids currently sleep in their cribs for roughly 12 hours at night, take 2 naps during the daytime (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), and eat 3 meals + two snacks per day. They are off all pacifiers and bottles and only drink whole milk, water, and apple juice from sippy cups.
I’m very lucky to say Joules and Ames sleep beautifully at night. As far as their 2 naps go, though, they have been taking turns fighting one or both of their naps. Part of the reason might be because the interval between their morning wake time and first nap is pretty short. But sometimes they wake up in their cribs early before we’ve gone in to get them (so we don’t realize how long they’ve actually been awake) and I’m usually just following their sleepy cues during the day (i.e. rubbing their eyes, yawning, whining, and wanting to be held). Typically, kids drop down from 2 naps to 1 nap per day somewhere between 1-2 years old. I’m hoping to hang onto our two naps for a little longer, but soon we will probably start the transition to only one.
Here is my twins’ schedule from 12 months – 14 months (present):
While the way we do things may not be perfect and may be a little different from how you do it, I just wanted to provide this table as a mere reference. Of course, it goes without saying that some days we tweak the schedules a little here and there to accommodate certain activities or curveballs. This schedule seems to work pretty well for us, and the kids seem overall happy with it!
Best of luck to you in finding your perfect routine. And remember, the key to successful twin parenting is: schedules, schedules, schedules!! :)