DDs (2.5 and 5) have been wanting to sleep together. The problem is, of course, they don't actually sleep!
We've had 2 nights. We did the normal routine (potty, teeth, books, prayer, hugs, kisses) except they stayed in the same room instead of moving to separate rooms to finish off separately. They've been up till or past midnight both nights. I expected it to be a bit of a party for a while, but it's clear that I or DH will need to be more involved for a while to make this work. An adult staying in the room won't automatically calm them down. DD1 in particular finds talking irresistible. She's not trying to misbehave, it's just who she is and it keeps DD2 up. What I envision is being stuck in a room with them constantly reminding them it's bedtime, please lie down... for hours... and getting frustrated and short about it -- not exactly all that helpful.
So I'd like some suggestions of something that would actually help.
I feel like I should note that DD1 has always been a terrible sleeper and hasn't made it to bed with adult help without her sis before 10pm for something like 6 weeks. DD2 isn't a whole lot better. They're both pretty spirited. Does this have any chance at working? It would be great if they could keep each other company -- strengthen their sister relationship and give DH and I a break. Vacations have been non-existent because of the sleep situation (one at bed at midnight, the other getting up at 5, getting worse each day we're gone), and I think if they get the hang of going to bed together that might really help out. We're also thinking about having another baby, and if we did, they would need to share a room.