Establishing sleep routines for triplets

Julie Gillespie, Author & Triplet Mom, shares advice shares advice for new parents of triplets on how and when to establish sleep routines for their newborns
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Establishing sleep routines for triplets

The best sleep routine for triplets is to have all three of them sleep through the night at three months. But you may not have three good sleepers. So you do the best you can. The woman that I interviewed to lead off the sleep-training chapter said, “It’s not about training. It’s not about a time schedule. It’s about a routine.” She had had three older kids, so she was an experienced mom, and she said, “They wake up, you play with them ‘till they’re tired, you feed them, you give them a bath, you put them to sleep. They wake up again. You do it all over again. The key is when you put them all down, you don’t do a lot of fussing, you don’t rock them, you don’t bounce them. You put them down, they know that’s sleep time. And they learn to self-soothe themselves.” 47% of the parents that I polled said they established some type of sleep routine for their kids. And one of my parting questions was, “Do you have any regrets?” And a very strong answer was for some of them that didn’t sleep during, “I wish we would have established a better sleep routine for our kids.” Because if you don’t establish it early on, they may be in your bed ‘till they’re four or five.

Julie Gillespie, Author & Triplet Mom, shares advice shares advice for new parents of triplets on how and when to establish sleep routines for their newborns


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Julie Gillespie, DPT, a mother of multiples, physical therapist, teacher and writer, is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary's College and the University of Southern California.    A leader in pelvic floor therapy for over 30 years, she now works at Gillespie Physical Therapy in Los Angeles. Find out more at Her customized treatment plans can relieve a variety of urinary, bowel and sexual conditions including dyspareunia, coccydynia, testiculitis, vulvodynia, and vaginismus. With a specialty in identifying and treating pelvic floor disorders, Julie has worked with hundreds of patients throughout the Los Angeles area to achieve optimal core fitness. Overall wellness is Julie’s goal for all patients, and Julie believes in an integrated approach to physical therapy. She supports a combination of therapeutic studio and pool exercises, manual trigger point release therapy, biofeedback, dilator therapy, postural stabilization, meditation, yoga, Pilates and behavioral retraining, all with the goal of relieving pain and improving each patient’s emotional, physical and sexual wellbeing.  Julie works with women whose inner core has been detrimentally affected by the stages of menstruation, maternity, postpartum and menopause. She also treats women who have been subject to sexual trauma or assault, to help them regain sensitivity, strength and comfort. For women or men in rehabilitation and recovery from pelvic floor injuries or surgeries, Julie helps strengthen the inner core muscles that have been compromised. Julie also works with athletes, developing treatment plans to manage the impact of up-training, down-training, and injury. She has helped countless elite athletes and cyclists with pelvic floor therapy for injury and repetitive use.  Julie earned her Masters and Doctorate in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California, and her Physical Therapy degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College. Julie has owned and/or managed several ob/gyn, continence and women’s healthcare groups in California, including the Women’s Health Program at USC.   Julie has taught Women’s Health in the physical therapy programs at Mt. St. Mary’s College, Northridge and Loma Linda. In 2019, Julie was invited to Shenzhen, China to lecture on pelvic floor conditions and sexual dysfunctions. She has been recognized for her pelvic floor research with an award  from the American Physical Therapy Association. On a personal note, Julie is the mother of triplets and two singletons, and enjoys hiking, running, skiing and quilting. She is the author of Magical Multiple Moments.

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