How do you get toddlers to fall asleep in the same room?
January 20, 2011 6:38 PM Subscribe
Trying so hard to figure out how you get two toddlers to share a room and it's HARD!
posted by Sweetmag to Human Relations (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My family of 4 lives in a two bedroom townhome, so having their own rooms isn't an option. Or an option in the foreseeable future. Their ages are 4 (boy) and 2 (girl) and they have a very good relationship with each other.
To give you some back story, my husband works third shift- 4 days on and 3 days off. On his off days we put our son in our room to sleep for naps and bedtime and our daughter in their room. However when daddy has to work they both get put in the same room for naps and bedtime. I know that the back and forth isn't helping, but we go crazy after 3 hrs of running up and down the stairs telling them to be quiet.
It's especially hard for me when my husband is at work, cause it's just me dealing with them both and they can outlast me! By the time they fall asleep, all of us are angry, tired and extremely stressed out.
Our daughter slept with us in our room till she was 1 years old, so maybe had they slept together from the get-go it would be different for them. To make matters worse, she's now in a "Big Girl" bed and can get out whenever she pleases. So we have that problem too.
I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and triumphed or is this going to go on forever till we can separate them? I know that kids have been sharing rooms since time began, but how does it work? I don't care if they want to talk to each other, sing songs to each other or maybe get a book for the other if need be, but it's the screaming in excitement, playing, jumping around, and all around ornery things conceivable that need to stop.
I hate them falling asleep thinking Mommy and Daddy are angry individuals and me feeling guilty all night for it coming down to spankings. Please help me AskMe and help my family regain it's night time sanity!