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My twin girls were 2 in July, they share a room (always have). They usually are such great sleepers, but yesterday I heard them talking to each other after about 10 minutes, so I went into their room to see what was going on, to discover they were both out of their cots and hiding in the wardrobe playing with their shoes. Aside from thinking it was cute and having a slight giggle to myself thinking they must take after their mummy with the love of shoes, I was shocked to find that they had gotten out of their cots! They’ve never done it before. So obviously I am transforming their cot into a toddler bed, but how will I get them to stay in their beds and not play? Help please – I have no idea!


Posted by twinmum83, 22nd September 2014


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  • They’re at an age where whether alone in their room or not, they’ll want to do things other than go right to sleep for Mummy! Time and patience. Best of luck!

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  • Ooohhhh, I’ve never had twins. I did have kids sharing a room tho and had these problems. Which didn’t really stop til they got their own room. Was made easier by the different ages so one would be asleep (fingers crossed) by the time the other went to bed

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  • reading these stories are great

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  • Just keep taking them back to bed. Let them have 1 toy to play with while they fall asleep. It takes time and patience.

    I worry about a gate, because I was in a house fire and in an emergency they can’t get themselves out of their room.

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  • Children can easily pick up routine and then they can easily throw you a curve ball persistence is the key but definitely have a plan for when its not going to plan :)

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  • yeah they will be happier in their new beds

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  • You might find that once they are in a ‘big kids bed’ they might not want to escape so much.


    • Thanks, I guess I just need to make a plan and stick to it! Thanks for the advice!

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  • Persistence is the key! Had the same problem with my twins but being boy/girl I separated them at 2.5. I used a gate at their bedroom door from the moment I put them in beds 17months) I had a few nights I had to pick them up off the floor and put them in their beds. But surprisingly they adapted well. Just keep telling them they need to stay in their beds for their sleeps. See how you go – good luck!

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  • Ah. We still have this problem at 4 years (sorry). A child safety gate across their door can at least give them the message they need to stay in their room. But I’ll be coming back to see what others say…


    • Like this idea! When my kids came out I used to just lead them back to bed, they eventually got the idea.

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