So we started loose sleep training with DD and DS around 7-8 weeks. We definitely did not do CIO, but we just wanted to show them consistency and also introduce naptimes. Needless to say it was very difficult in the beginning but it's paid off - they are both sleeping very well at night and it's given us both some structure and free time during the day.
Unfortunately after 5pm, things are horrible! Which I know is common, but wondering if anyone has suggestions to making things a little better. That Happy Sleep Healthy Twins book or whatever has it all wrong when it says that witching hours only occur in sleep deprived babies. I'm telling you, there are no babies more rested than mine during the day. After their 2:30 or 3pm feeding, they have their standard one hour awake time and start with the drowsy cues. They are put down, but usually only sleep for 45 min to an hour. Then they are awake around 4:45. They are usually playful and calm until around 5:45. DH and I try to get dinner in during that ime (babies are in chairs) because if we don't we won't eat at all. Then all hell breaks loose. We usually try and give them another bottle and then a bath in between which we thought would relax them. They love the bath. Then give them the remainder of the bottle after the bath. We've tried keeping them up until later but it's impossible. Their bedtime which they've made themselves is between 7 and 7:30. Unfortunately though it's a crying mess from 6pm until that time. I don't mean to complain, and I know it doesn't sound like long, but that incessant crying puts both DH and I in a horrible mood towards each other and it's stressful. A bunch of times now he gets in bed at 7:30, which sucks because I feel like he and I have zero time to talk or anything like normal adults. Anyone have any suggestions for that time?