Sarah - posted on 07/09/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
My 2 year old twins were good sleepers for quite some time... recently they started to crawl out of their cribs so we had to convert them into toddler beds. This began myself or my husband to stay with them until they fell asleep, which didn't take very long because they had their pacifiers to sooth them to sleep... Now within the last couple of weeks we took the pacifiers away and they are pretty much okay with that, they occasionally comment how nice it was to give their "paci's" to my friends son but that's it, but I think it is really hard for them to learn how to fall asleep on their own... Now they run around, jump on their beds, talk, yell "no mommy!" or "Naughty corner!" when I tell them to lay down. I try to keep my cool with them but it always ends up with me yelling at them to lay down and be quite and to try to keep TWO children in their beds I feel helpless! If my husband is in the room with me they tell him to go away and get upset if he doesn't. I feel like my 2 year olds are in control and I am just along for the ride! Not to mention by the time they FINALLY fall asleep my older daughter (she's 7) has just spent an average of about an hour, sometimes more, by herself usually watching tv. Not only does this go on at bedtime but nap times are a battle as well. So basically I feel like I'm neglecting my older daughter because I'm "wasting" all my time trying to convince my toddlers that it's time to SLEEP. I've also tried to move back bedtime, move it ahead, almost everything I can think of. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! I really appreciate it!