This is the circle of hell that a lot of parents are in, including me, when I had a 17-month-old who refused to go to bed. I can only imagine how much harder it would be in a household with twin toddlers. I used to dread bedtime. The night was coming and there was nothing I could do to stop it. It was going to come and everything was going to be awful.
Now I think that you’re probably feeling the same way. What you’d need to do is work out a solid plan – a way you’re going to tackle this and you need to sit down by the light of day. Not on the night when you’re emotional and working.
You might separate them for the purposes of getting this under control. You might keep them together – that’s up to you. I imagine what’s going on is a bit of, “Okay, tonight we’re going to do this” and five minutes in it’s like, “Oh my god I can’t do this anymore. I’m just going to go in.” You offer food, you offer milk, you offer water. You read them another book, maybe give them an iPad – all of these things that we do to try to get them to go to sleep.
You actually need to have a really clear plan. Something you’re going to be doing to reduce the stimulation. If you can do some research and find a plan that you feel comfortable with and seeing it through. All you can do, research and find a plan. Find something that sticks and you think, “Okay I can do that. That’s what I’m going to do from now on. I’m going to follow it and I’m just going to stick to that consistently.” Being consistent and being persistent is the absolute key to solving any child’s sleep problem. It’s about having a clear plan, having your partner on board and seeing it through and getting them settled.
It’s going to take a week of really consistently hanging in there and then you’ll find that things will start to clear. I really hope that helps. I hope that there’s something you can find that you will be able to see through.
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