Need bed time help!?

Nicole - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son has had a routine since the day he was home from the hospital for bed time. Bath, bottle, bed! We have NEVER had an issue with putting him to bed and him going to sleep. Just recently he has now refused to go to bed on his own. Just last night was the worst one we ever experienced. We now do Bath, book, prayer, bed! We did the normal routine and tried to kiss him good night and he just kept saying no to us. So we put him in his bed kissed his forehead and said we will see you in the morning night night. Well that is when he proceeded to climb out of his crib in screaming terror and latched on my husbands leg and cried daddy no daddy no. I am trying to find a reason for this weird behavior as to why we spent two hours trying to get him to calm down and go to sleep. It finally ended with me rubbing his back till he was almost in a deep sleep and me leaving the room. He was so tired at that point he just cried for about 5-10 minutes and then passed out. We never had any issues what so ever like this and am totally thrown for a loop. All the reading I have done keeps saying have a routine and stick to it. We have had a routine for 2 years and never had an issue and now he wants no part of the routine. Would you suggest a big boys bed so he doesn't kill himself doing the ninja move to fall out of his crib or any other suggestions????!!!!! Please I will take it all!!! :) Thank you!!

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Casey - posted on 08/04/2011

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I gave my son a toddler bed the second he could climb out of his crib (13 months old!!) because an almost four foot drop can do some injury. Definitely get him a toddler bed. Maybe something cool like a race car where he will think its really neat to get into it. My son doesn't like the bars associated with his crib... but he loves big-people beds. You could always save yourself some money by getting him a single that will last for ten years, and just put a roll bar and a plastic cover over the mattress (for potty training) so that you don't spend money on a toddler bed that will only last a year or two... ( ; good luck

Louise - posted on 04/19/2011

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At two he really should be in a toddler bed now to give him room to roll around in his sleep. Ask him why he does not want to go to sleep. This age is the time when night terrors do creep in so make sure he has a night light and a teddy that he can cuddle. Stick to the routine as you have been and be firm with him if he starts again tonight. You really do not want to get into sitting with him until he falls asleep because this is something that is havit forming. Fingers crossed this is a one off.

Sherry - posted on 04/19/2011

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If he is climbing out of his crib it would be safer for him to have a toddler bed. Mine have also gone though this problem with being scared...this was after a family member had passed. They were afraid that after we walked out of the room that we would pass on and they would never see us again. Irrational, but a very common fear. Ask him why he is afraid...he will probably tell you in his own words...They do eventually grow out of it, but it takes patience and peace.

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