My twins are 3 1/2 and, as of two days ago, were still sleeping in cribs. We’ve gotten a lot of flack about this from friends and family, but we don’t give into peer pressure. When the girls were 2 1/2, B climbed out of her crib a few times. We panicked and bought toddler beds and consulted a sleep expert. Yup, there are sleep experts out there – who knew? I had a won a free consultation with a sleep expert and it seemed like the perfect time to use it. She advised that we wait to take them out of their cribs. She said it was very difficult to have 2 year old twins in a room who will stay in bed and not have a party each night. She told me she had seen it before, and it could be a very difficult situation. She suggested if I wanted to spare myself a big headache, wait until they were 3, when I could reason with them a little more.
Well, a funny thing happened. Neither girl ever climbed out of their crib again, and they were quite content in them. But when they turned 3, A became very… oh what’s the word… mean to her sisters. She would do anything she could to push their buttons and generally get reactions out of them. There was no way I was going to take the girls out of their cribs now. I could just picture A going to B’s bed and stealing her stuffed animal and generally annoying her. But a few weeks ago, things changed. A started being super affectionate with her sisters and no longer takes pleasure in annoying them. The twins are now BFF. (more…)