How Many Cribs Should We Buy for Twins?

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Twins

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How many cribs should we buy for our twins/multiples?

There are so many things to do to get ready for the birth of twins. As you prepare for the arrival of your babies, one of the foremost issues on your mind is probably setting up a nursery. Where will your babies sleep? The traditional choice for an infant is a crib. But do you need one crib or two for twins?

Cribs can be expensive, ranging in price from under $100 to upwards of $1000.

When you consider multiplying that times the number of babies that you're expecting, it can be one of the biggest costs of having twins.

There is no one right answer to this question. The right answer is different for every family. The answer to this question depends on your circumstances, with several individual factors to consider. Keep in mind the following:

  • your budget
  • the size of your nursery/home
  • the needs of other or future siblings

Initially, many parents find that they don't need more than one crib. In fact, many don't even use cribs at all at first, preferring the cozy confines of a bassinet or sleeper. These allow families to keep infants close at hand for quick access during night time feedings. But as babies begin to sleep for longer stretches, a crib makes more sense. Even still, twins may be perfectly comfortable sharing a single crib. Younger babies don't take up much room and they don't move around much as they sleep.

However, eventually the time will come when sharing a crib space can be an obstacle to efficient sleep. Older babies may disturb or distract each other. They will roll around in their sleep and may run into -- or over -- each other. When that happens, you want to be prepared with other sleeping options to avoid the frustration of sleepless nights.

Most families find it most convenient and comfortable to have two cribs for their twins. 

However, if budget or space constraints are really prohibitive, there is absolutely no reason that you can't get by with only one crib. As an alternative, you might consider one crib and a second option, such as a pack-n-play portable play yard or a travel crib. Many families who choose to bypass a second crib opt to move their multiples into toddler beds at an earlier age. 

If budget is not a restriction, but you relish the idea of having one crib, there are some specialty cribs that are designed just for twins, such as those depicted here. They are not the most economical option, and can be difficult to obtain. 

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