Will they ever go to sleep on time?

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi all I have a question. I have 4 kids, my oldest is 10, then my daughter who turn 5 in a month and my 4 year old twin boys. My 10 year old obviously has no problem going to be when he is supposed to, for the most part my daughter has no problem with it either. Now for my twins, that is a whole other story.

Here is where my questions come into play, how in the world do I get them to actually go to sleep? We have a routine at home, they eat dinner and depending on the day of the week they take a bath. Then its time for them to crawl in bed, I sing them their songs and read them a book and then thats when they are supposed to fall into a deep sleep and have sweet dreams and wake up refreshed in the morning, except they don't do that. Oh and all of this is by 8;30 pm, however after all the singing and reading they get some sort of crazy burst of energy and they laugh and play and fight and throw toys and come and ask for hugs and kisses and anything else you can think of until finally between 10-11 pm they finally go to sleep.

I have tried just about everything, from playing classical music at the start of dinner and until bedtime and sometimes until they fall asleep. however, they end up playing with whatever techie thing I have the music coming out of that night. I have tried barrel walking to tire them out. I've tried it all, its not like they don't have a routine and they don't know what to expect.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I would really love to go to bed before 10 one night, since I try to get up at 6am every morning to get things done before the kids wake up.

I'm willing to try just about anything.

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Suzie - posted on 07/30/2012

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I say keep it simple. One or two books. And then I would tell both of them. You don't have to go to sleep but you must stay in your beds. You may not get out of your beds. They can't play with anything if they are in their beds...

If they get out, take them right back to bed and tell them again, do not get out of your bed. You don't have to go to sleep but you must stay in your bed.

Sounds weird.... but I got it from a French parenting book and I have never had an issue with my daughter getting out of bed until morning time. It really works.....

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Heather - posted on 07/31/2012

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Try giving them dinner earlier and playing after. Food fuels energy. Playing can burn that energy off. Just a thought. Also, try installing a shelf they can't reach to keep the cd player on.

Suzie - posted on 07/30/2012

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seriously... I have been there... my daughter slept with me until she was 18 months old... transitioning her into her own bed almost broke me.... then after doing it this way, she stays in! Oh, and I forgot to mention... after they are all in there beds, you get a glass of wine! haha It makes it that much easier to march their little butts right back to bed if you need to.

Jessica - posted on 07/30/2012

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Thank you I will try it and let you know it it works :) My husband and I will forever be thankful if this works, I may even be sane again..lol

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