M twinkies are well trained! I've had them on a schedule since I brought them home. Naps at noon, bedtime at 7 (give or take a half an hour here or there.) But if it's 7:30, they are both waiting by the gate to go up the stairs to bed! No joke.
It's basicly just consistancy ... set a time and stick to it. Put them to bed, let them cry it out ... (if they are older and not used to it, the crying it out stage may last awhile.) But if you stick to it and announce "Bedtime" ... they'll get the picture.
It alsi helped to have a bedtime 'ritual'. With my oldest, he would get a bath and a lotion massage, new diaper and pjs every night at the same time ... the bath was a signal that bedtime was coming, the massage relaxed him and all that was left was to plop him in the crib. With the twins I haven't done a ritual that involved! It's twice as much work! Sheesh, but they know that after dinnertime, bedtime is coming up.
at 4:44 PM on Aug. 15, 2009