How do I get my girls to sleep while in the same room?

Valerie - posted on 02/03/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I've recently had to move my two girls (ages 3 and almost 2) into the same bedroom because of space issues (my 3 month old son now sleeps in the other bedroom). Before they shared a room they would go to sleep right at bedtime, but now that they stay up LATE playing and still get up early in the morning. It's getting a little frustrating dealing with two sleep deprived children as you can imagine, lol. Any tips/tricks to get them to sleep rather than play?

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Lisa - posted on 02/04/2012

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Pre-bed routine is huge at our house. We pick up toys then put on pajama's and brush our teeth, then each kid picks two books then it is bed time.

They can each take one toy to bed with them (somethig small and quiet, they both always pick a car)it keeps them occupied and away from eachother. I turn on the night light then tuck them both in. For the first week I stood outside their open door and when they got out of bed would lay tthem back down and go back just out of their room. Now as long as we stick with the routine they go to bed just fine... If one little thing is off, I just assume I won't get any sleep that night

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Medic - posted on 02/04/2012

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My 5 y/o DS and 3 y/o DD share a room and have for about a year now. At first their bedtimes were about 45 min apart and that worked great, in the past few weeks my DD has started going to bed at the same time as our DS and we have not had problems. Now nap time is a whole nother ball game.

Martha - posted on 02/04/2012

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Maybe be a moderator while they adjust to bedtimes. I recently made the same change, putting my 3 1/2 yr old and now 20 month old to bed in the same room at the same time. I stayed in the room with them at first and made it clear they had to stay in their beds, I don't care how long it takes them to fall asleep as long as they are in their beds and not jumping around or being loud. My 3 yr olds normal bed times routine was temporarily disrupted as I had to get my younger child used to the new one, but over time they adjusted. Maybe try and make some clear expectations at bedtime that will discourage play. No talking, only whispers, stay in beds, only sitting or laying.....just some ideas. We also got a projection night light and sound machine that they both watch to mellow down and listen to soft music. They will adjust it just takes time, it's hard for us to get used to new sleeping arrangements too. Just try to make it clear they do have to go to bed and play is not okay. Good luck!

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