Last updated on June 15th, 2024

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Kim West, MSW, Mom of 2, creator of The Sleep Lady Shuffle

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Navigating Sleep with The Newborn Twins Sleep Guide

Are you expecting newborn twins and bracing yourself for the sleepless nights that seem inevitable? Fear not, because the help you need is here. Kim West, The Sleep Lady, teams up with Natalie Diaz from Twiniversity to introduce “The Newborn Twins Sleep Guide”, a new book with the ultimate gentle sleep solutions for you and your precious twinnies—from the moment they enter this world through their first five months.

Conquering sleep challenges and beyond

If you’re currently anticipating the arrival of twins, brace yourself for a journey that’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before: the adventure of parenting twins is a world apart from raising a singleton. Having two babies vying for your attention simultaneously isn’t just double the challenge—it’s exponentially more demanding. But before you start feeling overwhelmed, rest assured that the rewards are equally extraordinary!

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Amidst the chaos and wonder of raising twins, sleep emerges as an important pillar. However, there are other factors that can also have an impact on your babies sleep journey: Feeding, Attachment, Soothing, and Temperament are all aspects to consider, particularly in the first five months, and an easy way to remember this is to think FAST.


Consider this: Would you be able to fall asleep if you were hungry? Could you eat a meal when you’re extremely sleepy? They each have an impact on the other. When it comes to feeding, adhering to the age-appropriate guidelines provided by your doctor can significantly aid both daytime and nighttime sleep.


According to experts, babies learn how to trust in the first eighteen months of their life. Establishing attachment early on builds a secure bond with your twins, offering them a sense of safety and assurance, while also enabling you to interpret their cues effectively. This is fundamental to discovering the most effective methods to soothe them.


Soothing involves helping your twins in achieving a state of regulation when they are distressed—typically when they are crying and unable to manage their emotions due to their age. And no, you won’t create bad habits if you respond to your babies “too much”. At this stage, your role is to guide your babies towards a state of calm so they can recognize it. Once they grasp what it feels like to be calm, they will naturally seek to return to that state.


Many families assume twins will be synchronized in every aspect, but this isn’t always the case. You might have one baby who is very calm and another who is highly alert and active, which is why it’s likely that they will respond differently to various methods of soothing, sleep shaping, and sleep coaching. While this may present challenges initially, you will quickly become familiar with their various moods. Over time, you will not only comprehend their behaviors but also anticipate them based on previous experiences.

Think of “The Newborn Twins Sleep Guide” as your trusty paving crew, smoothing out the bumps in the road. Our advice is tailored specifically to address the challenges unique to twin parenthood, equipping you with a comprehensive toolkit to navigate the joys and trials ahead. You can buy the book HERE.

Author: Kim West, MSW, Mom of 2, creator of The Sleep Lady Shuffle

My name is Kim West, and I’m the mother of two beautiful girls, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 21 years, and the creator of the original gentle, proven method to get a good night’s sleep for you and your child. My sleep journey began when I started experimenting with gently shaping my daughter’s sleep by not following the conventional wisdom at the time. After having success (and then more success with my second daughter!), I began helping family and friends and my step-by-step method spread like wildfire, exactly like an excellent night of sleep for a tired parent should!