Should I separate my twins?

Q: Should twins sleep in separate bedrooms?

A: Sleeping arrangements for your children is really a matter of what works best for your family. There’s no compelling need for twins to have separate bedrooms, nor do they automatically do best if they’re in the same room, especially when they’re very young. 

However, keep in mind that, after about 6 months of age, infants begin to get used to a certain environment, including the presence of a sibling. 

When that routine is changed or altered, infants and young children can have some problems falling and staying asleep through the night. You can certainly change things, but just be aware that it may disrupt sleep patterns for a while. 

When twins get a little older — grade school and beyond — they’ll often ask for their own spaces, especially if one twin (or both) desires a decidedly separate identity.

Dr. Peter Dehnel is a board-certified pediatrician and medical director with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Send questions to This column is intended to provide general information only and not medical advice. Contact your health care provider with questions about your child.