Jun 26, 2014

Bedtime with Two Toddlers

Sweet sleeping Davy.
 

We have been incredibly blessed with babies who like sleeping so the oft described bedtime battles aren't happening around here (yet!). Given how "spirited" my little Tripp can be, I don't doubt the power struggles will come. I just really hope he waits until Baby J (who I still CANNOT believe we will meet on Wednesday!) has consolidated some of his sleep so I am in a place to deal with the tantrums.

 

Yes. This adorable sleeping baby is a strong-willed little man when he's awake.
 

Our bedtime routine starts at 6:30 when we turn on the TV. Oh the horror! At around 6:30 the boys frequently start getting fussy playing but it's still too early for bed, so we tried TV to get some rest time. We started with DisneyJr and Sprout shows. No luck. My kids didn't even look up from the crying when the TV came on. Then one night Casey and I decided to turn on a show we like so we could quickly finish our dinner even though the boys were upset. We switched on Wheel of Fortune and our lives were forever changed. Our kids liked it! They don't sit and watch it (Neither of my boys ever seem to sit. Ever!) but they will look up and enjoy the sound if the wheel and the dings when Vanna turns letters. So, Wheel of Fortune helps us survive until 7!

 

The first time Tripp pulled to standing. He needed to see Wheel better!
 

Some nights we do bath time at 6:30, but with Casey working such long hours and getting limited time with the boys I try to baths in the mornings so evenings are for playing with Daddy!

 

Playing in the living room before bed.
 

At 7, we all walk back to the nursery. It's so much fun now that the boys receptive language skills are to a point where we can say "go to your room for night night" and they both walk from the living room to their room. I love this age! Once we are in their room, the boys get clean diapers, pajamas, and then we brush teeth. (Confession: Most Some nights we brush teeth. The boys actually really like their toothbrushes so I have no excuse for our total lack of consistency.)

After they are ready for bed the boys will play with stuffed animals, read books, and play with the few toys that have migrated into the nursery for just a bit. How long depends on how tired they are and how hungry Casey is! (We used to eat dinner before the boys went to bed but lately we have been eating after for a combination of reasons: I'm exhausted and not cooking, I'm too pregnant to be hungry and so don't want to cook, and Casey really cherishes his time playing with the boys which he can't do if we're eating.)

A bit before 7:30 (we don't live by a clock on this one) we put the boys in sleep suits and into their cribs. We make sure they both have their "things". Tripp needs his two blankies (one of which has Davy's name on it. Details.) and we give him a random wub. Davy needs the two dinosaur wubs (one of which used to be Tripp's but Davy got very attached) and we throw in an extra random wub. Davy also needs a large blanket to hug and bunch up like a pillow. We offer a big crochet blanket to Tripp too but it normally ends up on the floor. Both boys get a stuffed animal and a few random pacifiers.

 

Davy showing how one properly uses a blanket as a pillow. Lucky little boy is going to be overjoyed with his Nano gives him his very own pillow!
 

The first five minutes the boys are in the cribs they each throw things out very happily so the crib contains the exact things they want that night. Weird right?

 

Getting their cribs just so before naps.
 

They are calm and happy from the moment we leave the room although it can take them up to 30 minutes to fall asleep. They happily lay in bed talking to their things and to each other until slumber catches them!

On a typical night they will sleep 12 hours (so until around 8AM) but have been known to go all the way until 9 when I will wake them.

 

A rare morning I let them sleep past 9. So peaceful! And then I woke them.
 

 

 

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3 comments:

  1. Great post. I love that they have to have all the stuff, then they throw it out of the crib! Toddlers are so funny! And the fact that they love Wheel of Fortune cracks me up!

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  2. My daughter loves the TV being on but I hate for her to watch cartoons all day. So if she is fussy, I'll put on a show that I really like and she is as happy as can be. It's like, she is comforted that it's on but doesn't care enough to sit and watch it.

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  3. My son likes to lay with me and watch Jeopardy. :-) Now if I could just get him to sleep in his crib all night. Sounds wonderful!

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