Bedtime for 3 year old twins

Debi - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )




Any suggestions on how to get 3 year old twins to go to bed at night. The girls get up between 7 and 8 am...they will not take a nap....and I am still fighting bed at 9pm. I've tried letting them watch a cartoon before bed, listening to lullabies...I am at my wit's end...

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Kristin - posted on 09/03/2009




My son did the same thing and I figured out that he waws over-stimulated. I started a bedtime ritual: dinner, bath, relax/tv time, brush teeth, go potty, get in bed with tv off, no music, no lights, door slightly open. If they won't stay in bed you calmly and quietly lead them back to bed and walk back out. Don't say anything. If they throw a fit pick them up facing away from youand carry them back to bed. If you think they are scared, Try sitting in the room on the floor or in a chair facing away from them. Each night sit closer to the door than the last night and work your way to just outside the door. After a week tops, they should be going right to sleep. Fight the urge to give in to any chatter or silly requests: need a drink, need to go potty even though they just went, etc. Hang in there and stick with it. Being calm and consistent is the key. they will adjust! Good Luck!

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I'm not sure what you're asking... At that age, kids sleep 10 - 12 hours a night, so a 9pm bedtime, with kids waking up at 7am/8am seems within the norm, especially if the kids aren't acting cranky.

I know with my sons (I have twins too), I put them to bed the same time every night and keep to a routine (bath, book, lullabye, bed). Some nights they fall right to sleep, other nights it takes them a while. Just like with adults - kids' sleep needs are going to vary to an extent. My rule is, as long as their room stays dark, they don't get out of bed and I don't hear them playing with each other - it's fine with me. Even if they're not fully asleep, just relaxing in bed is helpful.

The only thing I might suggest is blackout curtains. If their room gets a lot of light, it might be waking them prematurely.

Good luck!

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