Co-bedding twins: a developmentally supportive care strategy

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. Jul-Aug 1998;27(4):450-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1998.tb02669.x.


Twins may have a special capacity for supporting each other (co-regulation) because of their common intrauterine experiences. Co-regulatory activities observed in preterm twins during co-bedding include moving closer, touching, holding, hugging, rooting, sucking on each other, smiling, being awake at the same time, and decreased need for ambient temperature support. This simple clinical strategy of co-bedding twins may be a significant innovation for supporting preterm and full-term twins during their transition to extrauterine life.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Beds*
  • Body Temperature
  • Child Development
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant Care*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal*
  • Motor Activity
  • Nurseries, Hospital*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Psychological Theory
  • Sleep
  • Sweden
  • Twins* / psychology