I want to start by saying that my girls have always been very fussy in the early evening hours... but here's what's been happening lately
From about 5 pm-7 pm (bedtime) they are very fussy and clingy I KNOW they're tired but one of them (baby A) really fights the 3rd nap. She really hasn't been taking one for the past 2.5 months. I've tried but she cries and cries and honestly it's just not worth it for 30 mins of sleep... Baby B will sometimes take a 3rd nap and is in better spirits when she does.
DH and I just dealt with it-held them, brought them outside to help distract them which often helps... but I guess I'm worried that I'm not doing the right thing by them. If it helps, their schedule is as follows:
up between 6 am and 6:30 am.
Down for a nap around 8 am (1-2 hrs)
Down for a second nap around 1 pm (1-2 hrs)
And then they go to bed for the night at 7 pm.
They are GREAT all day long but come 5 pm-which is when I think they should be napping, they start getting really cranky-they really can't be left to play independently until they go to sleep for the night.
As I said, DH and I dealt with it because we thought it "is what it is". And honestly, we both work from home at night so an early bedtime is convenient for us.. that being said, I don't want to compromise their development if it means they need more sleep. In totally, they're getting 14-16 hrs average.
Anyone have thoughts on what I can be doing differently is anything? Does everyone have a witching hour at this age?
Im open to all suggestions. TIA!