Our 2 years old twin girls used to sleep in their cots since they were 6 months and it was completely fine. From time to time there were some sleep regressions which didn't last for more than a couple of days and were easy to handle.
This time, and because they got older, one of the girls found out a way to climb the cot and jump! So, once we put her in bed she starts crying and when we leave she starts screaming then jumps out of the cot.
We tried adjusting the cot to a higher level with no luck, the little monkey can still develop some techniques to escape. Her sister of course panics and start crying loudly too.
The room door is closed, so once we see her jumping we go back and put her in bed. It doesn't work unless we stay beside the bed until she sleeps. Sometimes even we sleep on the ground until she fells asleep.
We are not sure if that technique would lead us somewhere or she will get used to us sharing her room and staying until she sleeps. Because later around 4am she wakes up and repeats it and we have to go and stay until she sleeps and this time it takes longer.
Should we move from cot to bed? And if so, should we then leave her and close the door and when she gives up crying she goes back to her bed easily and sleep? What if she can open the door? I believe that she may find a way to do so as well specially when she is angry.
Please let me know if this is normal and what techniques did you use? Thanks
Update 1 - Good news
I have tried for a week to stay on the ground beside them until they sleep and every day I move further until I was sitting outside the room. Asked their mum to leave it for me because one of the girls are so attached to her and seems to be having separation anxiety so she doesn't even stay in bed even when her mum is sitting. However, that technique didn't work 100% and they keep their eyes on the door to see me which sometimes made them worried I am leaving at any time. Also, when they wake up at night and don't see me they cry loudly and one of the girls jumps for the cot.
Two days ago, I put them in bed and left the room and closed the door. They started screaming and the girl started climbing to jump. For almost 1 hour, I was watching them on the monitor and once I see her leaving the cot I go inside, put her back in bed and say it is time to sleep and if you need something we are at next room. She didn't like that at the first until she gave up after 1 hour and slept. Last night, we put them in bed and they didn't even cry! First time on 10 days to sleep more than 5 hours continuously 😅
Hopefully today they sleep as well and understand that it is pointless to leave their bed.
I also bought the bed side rail to open the sides but when they slept well yesterday I decided to wait so I don't confuse them.
I will keep you updated..