Originally Posted by staryla
How in the world do you put two young children to bed if there is only one parent home? I need some input from you more experienced mamas!
I have a lot of experience with this one... we finally brought DD home from all of her hospital adventures when she was 6 months old, and then DH left for basic training for the army a week later! Before the kids were sharing a room, I just put DS (the older child) to bed first. I would put DD in her crib usually while I put DS down. Having a set bedtime routine for him really helped streamline the process (putting on pj's, reading a story, prayers, then bed). DD didn't nurse, but I had a lot of medical stuff I had to do with her every night, hooking her up to IV nutrition and whatnot, so there was just no other option, DS HAD to go to bed first so that I'd be able to take care of DD. But, I'd imagine it would be the same with a "normal" baby, the baby requires more in-depth attention to put to sleep with nursing and whatnot, so it would make sense to put the older child to bed first.
Once the kids started sharing a room (after DD wasn't on IV nutrition overnight anymore, she was around a year old when we moved her into DS's room), it got even easier. She already slept through the night (she always did, from birth really, because she was constantly receiving nutrition either IV or through her feeding tube, so she wasn't hungry and really had no reason to wake up). We just incorporated DD into DS's already established bedtime routine, and put them both down at the same time. It has worked great for us, and for the most part is really pretty easy... although, like I said, DD isn't exactly "normal", so I don't know that it would be nearly as easy if the younger child was still night-nursing/night-waking and the kids were sharing a room...