Hi! My nearly 12-month-old twins are outdoing me at bedtime. I used to get into bed with both (we co-sleep) and nurse them together until they fell asleep. Now they are suddenly more alert and are really hyper during the bedtime nursing, kicking and flailing arms and whatnot, so that they excite each other and don't relax enough to fall asleep. Often one or both will pull off and crawl away to play. Sometimes she/they will come back a few minutes later and flop down and cry, obviously tired and wanting mommy's help to sleep, but I don't know how to handle both of their needs at once. At this age they're too big for me to pick them both up and rock them until they are sleepy, so I'm stuck for ideas for calming them down enough to relax and give in to sleep.
If my partner is home I can put them down one at a time without too much trouble, so I know that they are tired and ready for bed at that time of night.
Does anyone have suggestions for getting two rowdy budding toddlers to lie down on their bed, or at least to relax and cuddle with mommy long enough for the sleepiness to set in? They don't really have the attention span for books or singing songs. They just want to play!
Thanks so much for any suggestions!