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hmm... i put three to bed by myself. i nurse the baby to sleep while i read to the older two and then i have my son turn off the lights. i tuck them in, give kisses, and then lay there quietly pretending to be asleep until they fall asleep. usually i fall asleep too though, even though i don't want to! :
could you skip the tv? i thought that typically wound kids up.
and make sure you don't give into any of his requests. make sure he has had enough to eat and drink before bed and then dont give him water, yogurt, etc., after bedtime. it is probably just a stall tactic, right? i sometimes put them to bed w/ a sippy cup of water in case they get thirsty...
We're pretty much in the same boat as you - 3 yr. old ds and 8 month old dd. Usually what works for us is the following:
-I try not to let my ds fall asleep during the day for a nap.
-I make sure that he gets enough physical exercise during the day, like a hike or dance class or playing outside in the snow.
-We get him to eat dinner relatively early, and then sit him at the table to nibble on something extra while my partner and I and my dd eat. By that time, he's usually exhausted (around 6:30). Then, after dinner, my partner and I get both kids ready for bed.
-After that, I nurse my dd while reading something way over my ds's head. Something that has a rhythm to it, like Milton or T.S. Eliot or something. It usually knocks him out right away, and my dd falls asleep while nursing. If he doesn't want grownup poetry, we read children's poetry and then he nurses after my dd is done and falls asleep.
I think that the rhythm of poetry or lullabies help people's minds to calm down and forget about all the little things that might be bothering them and preventing them from getting rest.