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Can Twins Sleep in the Same Crib?

Do two babies mean you'll need two cribs? Here's the deal.

Yes, twins can sleep in the same crib—in fact, many pediatricians encourage it.

You know how your bed seems empty when your partner is out of town? Think about how you’d feel if the two of you were together there 24 hours a day, for 35 weeks or more, then suddenly pulled apart. For twins, having each other close by is comforting, since they’ve been together since the get-go. So go ahead and let them sleep in the same crib. It’s totally safe, especially in the first few weeks, when they’re tightly swaddled and hardly move around.

Once they start wiggling more and risk bumping each other, try a crib divider, which slips from side rail to side rail and splits the crib into two so each infant has his or her own space. Most models have Velcro attachments that go around the slats to stay in place. You can keep the divider for a few months, until the babies get big enough to need their own, separate cribs.

Excerpted from The Baby Bump, Twins and Triplets Edition.

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