Well not quite toddlers. Ds1 is 4, and ds2 is 2. Ds2 has been a really good sleeper until recently (still is once asleep) but getting to sleep has been a problem.
Ds1 has pretty bad eczema and has been a bad sleeper since birth. Was in a good pattern of getting to sleep though for a while.
Recently however, every single time they go to bed, (bath, teeth, stories, song, then I go downstairs) they muck about for about an hour and a half until one eventually cries, and they go to sleep, usually with me in the room.
Ds1 has usually climbed into ds2s cot (I know he could be in a big boy bed but for a long time it was working to stop him getting up too early in the morning). I have tried staying in the room, but other than actually hold ds1 down in his bed, I cant see another way to keep him there. They find any attempt by me to keep him in bed as funny. I have tried stickers or other reward chart ideas, but while they work during the day, they dont seem To be that attractive in the evening.
Anybody got any ideas - other than them having their own rooms when we move house?
Yes staggered bed times maybe would be a good idea. My slight problem is that I am running a wee business from home and the plan always was that I would work most evenings, but I find that if they dont sleep till half 8, its pretty hard to get motivated at that stage to work.
Thats my problem though, not theirs, so I guess I need to try something else to stop is habit that has formed. I will give staggered bed times a shot.