My 2.5 year old twins have been in toddler beds since the summer. They seemed to be doing pretty well after their initial adjustment, but lately things have taken a turn for the worst. What I've noticed is that if we get them in bed when they are relatively calm, they chatter for a little bit and then fall asleep. If they get at all riled up during bedtime, then they run around the room, jump off the beds and take a good hour to fall asleep. We don't have any wild play before bed, so I am not sure how to enforce them to stay calm. Our routine is basically:
-upstairs to brush teeth
The problem is that some nights they start running around when we get upstairs and no amount of discipline seems to calm them down. Even if we make it through the teeth brushing, things go haywire while we are reading stories. Usually it is my son acting up...he will jump on the bed, try to distract his sister, chase the cat, try to climb into the baby's pack n play, etc. I've tried time out but he doesn't stay and then his sister gets wound up while I am focusing on him. I've tried having him pick the story but he still only lasts halfway through before he starts clowning around. I welcome any advice!