Two Babies, One Crib
When it comes to cribs, most often, one is just fine for a while. "If your twins have no chronic health problems, they can sleep in the same crib for their first few weeks or months," says George Cohen, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine in DC. "It's soothing for most newborns to be near their siblings, and it may help them fall asleep more easily." Three's a crowd, though, so don't put triplets in one crib. Other tips:
Position your babies at opposite ends of the crib, feet facing each other. Dress them in sleepers or sleep sacks, and remove blankets, pillows, and toys from the crib (as you should for any baby). Don't worry about one disturbing the other: They'll probably sleep right through each other's cries.
Don't worry if one baby gets a cold. It's okay to keep them in the crib together. "The sick twin was contagious before showing symptoms, so his sibling has probably already been exposed to the virus," says Dr. Cohen.
Make the move to separate cribs when they start getting mobile. At 5 to 6 months old, when your babies are rolling over or inching around in the crib, they need their own spaces. You can place their cribs side by side so they can still thrive on each other's company.