With three babies under three, we are always hyper aware of the sleep patterns of our kids. We have built great sleep habits with each baby that allow everyone to get quality sleep. Throwing in a newborn with no sleep routine and mixed up days and nights is extremely anxiety-inducing! We wanted to preserve the good habits of sleep we already had it our house. This meant making sure the sleep environment of our other kiddos was set up for success. These are the things that worked for our littles, and still work now as we prep for the third little to join us!
Our first daughter had great sleep habits, but she was not the quietest toddler! In order to preserve the noise for our newborn, we started her with this sound machine during crib training. It instantly calms her and puts her to sleep! Super cheap, various sound settings, and serves as her night light as well! We still use it for all naps and bedtime at 15 months. Our favorite sound machine, Dreamegg, also comes in a portable version. We have one of these for our diaper bag that travels everywhere! If you are on vacation or need a pop up nap somewhere, this is the perfect solution.
Both my girls are in the stage of always telling me when it is “dark” or when it is “sunny.” We got the same blackout curtains for each of their rooms to ensure that during sleep time, it was always “dark.” I only got one panel for each window, and they have stayed in excellent condition despite little hands pulling on them all the time.
Safe sleep is something that has always been top of mind for me with all my kiddos, and we did our best to ensure quality safe sleep for both of them! One thing that we found to be essential to both our girls was a familiar/comfortable lovey in their crib. We did not use blankets with them until one year, so I found a safe comfy alternative by my favorite brand, Aden + Anais. These small security blankets are completely breathable and only the size of a square. I never worried about them covering their face or causing any unsafe sleeping positions. We are also a pacifier family and both our girls quickly became attached to a specific wubbanub. The wubbanubs are one of those baby things in our house that we buy backups for in case it gets lost or damaged- yes, they are that essential for us!
These might seem simple or overly complicated for your babes, but we found these to work so well for two under two! Hoping our luck continues with three under three! What other tips did you find for sleep habits with babies close in age?
All the best,