When people see us with the twins, we can always count on a few reactions. Lots of people want to know how we ended up with twins (Was it IVF? Do they run in your family? If you’re wondering the same thing, you can find answers to questions like these here.) Another question we get all of the time is, “Oh my gosh, are you SO TIRED?” We always look at each other, laugh and say “Yes, we are tired (I mean we do have twins), but we actually get sleep at night so it’s really not that bad.” Our babies have basically been sleeping through the night ever since we stopped waking them up for feedings, and we are pretty convinced that it’s because of the SNOO. At times I’ve even felt like we are somehow cheating this baby stage, no joke.
I first talked about the SNOO in this post, and since then have had several people asking me to do a review on it now that the girls are home. My review is….get it. Ha! It’s tough because I know all babies are different. Even our babies are – they are twins but fraternal, they have different personalities, feeding needs, and daytime sleep schedules. I feel like the SNOO has helped even the playing field – it’s kind of become the common denominator that helps us all stay sane ;).
To give you some context, our babies sleep an 8-10 hour chunk straight through, every night. Of course it’s always changing because they’re babies, but right now we put them down about 9-9:30, and they wake up about 6-6:30. I’m still figuring out their nap schedules and that seems to constantly change as well, but they’ll usually take a couple of shorter naps in the morning, one 3-4 hour nap in the middle part of the day, and (if we are lucky) another short nap in the evening before we feed them one last time and put them to bed again.
Here are the main reasons why I’ve loved the SNOO:
- It’s SO safe. It’s given me so much peace of mind. I’m a total worrier, and I would be that person who’s checking to make sure my baby is breathing every second. With the SNOO, the babies can’t roll over, or get themselves in dangerous position. Even if they could somehow get to the sides of the SNOO (which they can’t), the sides are mesh and breathable. This peace of mind has been seriously priceless, both for my own sleep at night and for getting stuff done during the day while they’re napping.
- The babies love it. They honestly do! I know it seems weird at first to zip your baby up in what can feel like a little straight jacket, but it truly makes them feel safe and comfortable. When they are tired, they are so happy to go in, and when they wake up I always get the biggest smiles as I take them out.
- Transition is easier than you think. I didn’t actually know this when we decided to try the SNOO, but it has a “weaning feature” to help you transition to a crib. This article is super helpful in explaining how/why it works. I was also worried about how the babies would do when we travel and don’t have the SNOO, but they have been totally fine in a swaddle with a white noise machine.
- The SNOO puts the babies back to sleep for me, both at night and during naps. There have been so many times when I hear the babies wake up, and if I just wait a few minutes the SNOO is able to put them back to sleep. It responds to them stirring but increasing the noise/rocking. I am always amazed that the SNOO knows which baby is crying, too! Like, even though we have them right next to each other, Romy’s will only respond to Romy crying, and Piper’s will only respond to Piper crying.
- It’s the best swaddle. Aside from liking the SNOO itself, I’m obsessed with the SNOO sacks. I have never been good at swaddling the babies in a blanket (we have joked about how much better Blake is at that!) so I’m so excited SNOO just came out with a swaddle you can buy on it’s own, the Sleepea. It takes literally 5 seconds to swaddle the baby, they are comfortable, and you don’t have to worry about them wiggling out and being in a wad of unsafe blanket. Another thing I love – in our other swaddles the babies can get really sweaty and end up waking up because they’re so hot. These have mesh to make them breathable and prevent overheating.
Seriously, if I could give everybody I know having a baby a SNOO, I would. I think it has made our experience with twins SO much more manageable. If there is one thing you get for the beginning stages, I think it should be this! If it ends up being that you or your baby don’t love it, SNOO offers a 30-day trial period so you can send it back if you need to. Right now you can even get 35% off your SNOO with the code JEN35.