Beds

Cynthia - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I am wondering if anyone has moved their child into a bed and if so how did you keep them from running around after they are put in bed?

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Amy - posted on 08/12/2010

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I PUT A BABY GATE UP AT THE DOOR WAY TO MY SONS ROOM THAT LOCKS AND THEN UNLOCKS AND SWINGS OPEN THAT WAY HE IS SAFE FROM STAIRS BUT CAN STILL SEE OUT AND NOT BE AFRAID THIS WORKS GREAT HE LOVES IT

Emma - posted on 08/05/2010

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When we put our boy in a bed... Some time last year because we had number two arrive in january. He couldnt open doors yet, so we just put him to bed and he was allowed to just do whatever then go to bed when he wanted. It was dark so its not like he could see.

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2010

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We moved our daughter into a toddler bed and to stop her from possibly roaming the house at night we put up a baby gate at her door. Some of my other girlfriends suggested a childproof door handle gaurd on the inside knob.

Heather - posted on 07/29/2010

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Me switched our son to a toddler bed around May. He woud always climb into his sisters bed and want to go to bed there. I thought for sure I was going to have trouble with him climbing out and not going to sleep, be he did great. Both at bedtime nad nap time, lay him down and he goes right to sleep. I keep a gate on his door so when he wakes up he just calls for us to let him out, or in the morning he knocks on our bedroom door because he can reach it LOL Never had any trouble with my daughter either.

Kathleen - posted on 07/07/2010

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i did the convertable crib at first, then the regular toddler bed (was having a baby so we needed the crib back). then a few months ago we got him a full size bed. there has only been a handfull of times my son has gotten out of bed to play at bedtime... but since my room is right next to his i can hear him and remind him to go to bed. this usually works for me.

something i was told about moving to a big bed, due to the height is to lay the mattress on the floor so that if they roll around and off, they wont really get hurt. over the next few weeks put it on the box spring, and then the rails. that way they get used to the bed, and the height dosnt seem so scary. i didnt use this for my son, he loved that he was getting a big kid bed, and that was all that he needed to get to sleep in it!

Cynthia - posted on 06/19/2010

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Well my son has made the change to twin bed and loves it. He was not a problem and I am so lucky. We went and bought a bed rail and he just runs up there and goes to sleep :)

Terri - posted on 05/25/2010

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my daughter was a horrible sleeper... we put a safety gate on her bedroom door and took the sides off her cot so she could play happily through the night. at first she'd scream for me, after a couple of nights i'd go in to find her asleep on the floor and eventually her cot bed. i'm due another baby in August so for her birthday we decorated her room, she chose a FiFi theme and she got a new 'big girls' bed... she loves it!

Kym - posted on 05/23/2010

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Emily doesn't get out at night at all. I still put her in for a day nap, and I close the door. Usually she just hops out and makes a humongous mess playing. Today is the first day she's hopped out to play, then gone to bed again. She is asleep in bed at the moment. Very cute :)

Michelle - posted on 05/23/2010

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Close the bedroom door!!! Hahaha! Our daughter is in a toddler bed. We moved her into just before she turned two. We had to wait cause she was the type that moved around soooo much that she would have fell out otherwise! We've never had a problem with her running around. She seems to know that she has to stay in it ...in fact, it can be slightly annoying. If she drops something she will yell for help to pick it up cause she won't get out of the bed herself and get it!! Our son on the other hand pretty much had to be locked upstairs with the baby gate. He would wander until he fell asleep. Sometimes we would find him at our door in the hallway sleeping other times he would fall asleep on the inside of his door and we wouldn't be able to put him in bed cause he was in the way of opening the door.

Basically a child gate will usually keep them from wandering around. But you have to toon out the screaming, whining and crying till they give in. Eventually they will clue in and learn to go to bed when you tell them.

Emma - posted on 05/17/2010

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My eldest girl has been in her big girls bed since about 14months of age and we have never had problems with her getting out of bed, luckily!

Natasha - posted on 05/17/2010

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when my daughter turned two we put her in a toddler bed next to our bed so that we could keep an eye on her just in case she got up to wonder around. We didnt put her into her own room until she turned 4.

Charlene - posted on 05/16/2010

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Hi . I moved my littel one out at 20 Months and what i do is lay by him at tell him stories to fall assleep as soon as he is a sleep i leave his room. And he knowa by now that it is bed time and sleepie time when we clim it to bed after bathing

Danera - posted on 05/15/2010

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We put our 2yo in a big boys bed at about 22months. The first 2 nights were a big novelty and he went to sleep okay. Then we have had the last 2 months of very tiresome behaviour where he just wouldn't stay in bed unless we were there too (and then not always). If we shut the door and locked him in he jusr screamed, cried, upended his room, took his clothes of and peed on the carpet. ARGHHH! So we would lwt him stay up later until he was REALLY tired (not a good idea for us). Suddenly for the last 5 nights, I have sat against his closed door and read him a book, put him in bed, then shut the door. He has cried for about 5-10mins each night, and when I open the door he is asleep in his bed- Hallelujah!!! I think he is just bit older now and more used to his bed... Hope this helps!

Jerrilynn - posted on 05/14/2010

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My daughter just turned two and used to be a great crib sleeper but about two weeks ago, she screamed bloody murder when we put her to bed and launched herself out of the crib (I caught her). We have a toddler bed on order (which should be here any day now) but she will have nothing to do with the mattress on the floor. She's been sleeping in our bed (and amazing how much room someone so small can take!). Hoping that when the bed finally arrives we can talk her into it or we're going to have to get a bigger bed.

Rachel - posted on 05/14/2010

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Sid was moved to a bed around 19 months. He didnt like the confinement of the crib rails anymore. He did wonderfully at naptime, so we gave it a shot overnight and it went very well...he's been a bed sleeper since. He does have a habit of getting out of bed to play sometimes, like during naptime or if he isnt quite tired yet at bedtime I hear him looking through his musical books. And when he finally gets tired he falls asleep where he is or climbs on the glider chair instead of the bed. That's something we need to work on...reminding him "hey you have a BED to sleep on silly".

Ailish - posted on 05/14/2010

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We changed our sons cot into a toddler bed when he was 22 months. We then put a gate up at the door of his room, as he got very upset when the door was closed. Now when it's bed time, we read him a story and then say good night, he then looks at his books himself and gets into the bed when he wants to go to sleep. All very stress free!

Lisa - posted on 05/13/2010

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We just moved my 2 year old (as of 4/24) to a toddler bed. We spent the first 5 nights sitting by his bed and making sure that he stayed in it. Needless to say he put up a fight and fell asleep (usually 45 minutes to an hour) after the process began. After 5 nights we read stories to him and then told him he needed to stay in bed or we would shut his door. Since then he has stayed in his room. We haven't had any real problems with naps - but then again he sleeps on a cot at daycare so that is what most likely helped with our transition. Good luck!! It is a tough few nights or weeks, but to see how proud my son is when he gets up in the morning made that all melt away :-)

Christina - posted on 05/13/2010

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Switching to a big boy bed was the best thing ever for my son. He sleeps better in it than his crib. He has never been a great sleeper, but he really feels proud of his big bed and loves it. We did the switch at 22 months and don't regret it!

Jodi - posted on 05/12/2010

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We changed our son's crib to a toddler bed. We have regular door knobs and put the door knob lock on so he can't open it from the inside (because he CAN open doors). So, once he's in, he stays in. At first, he would get up and yell for us, and bang on the door. When he realized that we weren't coming to him and he couldn't open it, he went to sleep. Now, he's fine. When he wakes up (either from his nap or after sleeping all night), he goes to the door and knocks on it. He calls us until we open the door.

Carri - posted on 05/03/2010

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My son turned 2 on the 18th of April and decided to escape his crib on the 19th. We changed the crib to a toddler bed and the first couple of nights were tough. Nap time is way worse and I usually either rock him or lay next to him until he falls asleep. At night I read him stories while he's laying down and he tends to know it's bed time and stays in his bed. We had trouble with him escaping his room, but used child knob covers to stop him from opening the door. I'm hoping nap time gets easier soon since #2 will be here in Sept and I don't think I'll be able to stay in the room with him until he's fully asleep. Good luck.

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We had a convertible crib that we switched to a toddler bed at the beginning or April. Our DD was a rock star sleeper in her crib and since switching has shortened sleeping times. There's no way to keep them from running around. Nap times are way harder than night for us. We have the lever type handles on our doors and we use a dowel rod (like from a closet rod) that is just the right height to wedge between the floor and the handle - it keeps her from opening the door. Basically, we put her in bed and she tries to open the door 2 or 3 times, but when she can't then she just crawls back into bed. After she's asleep, I then pull out the rod so when she's back up again, she just opens the door.

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