Getting a 3 year old to sleep through the night in HIS bed?

Jenny - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is three years old and is having a very hard time going to sleep and staying asleep through the night. He's in a toddler bed and he's potty trained. We've been leaving his bedroom door open so he can get up and go potty if he needs to at night. He will often come into our room and try to get into bed with us or cry and say he "wants us" from his room. He's always slept in his own room, but he keeps saying he wants to sleep with someone. We tried putting a gate up so he would stay in his room/bathroom area without waking us, but he either banged on it and woke up his baby sister or climbed over it and came into our room again. So far we have not let him sleep in our bed although I have let him sleep on the floor next to our bed when he just wakes up too early. We need ideas about how to keep him in bed. I've tried taking away privileges like shows or something else he's looking forward to the next day, but it doesn't seem to help. We thought he might have been afraid of the dark, so we put a nightlight in his room and it helped for a while, but now here we are again. He doesn't have a lovey or pacifier. He never took a pacifier and he's just never attached to a comfort object . I keep trying to give him a stuffed animal or blanket, but he doesn't care about them. At this point we're leaving the door open with no gate, but I know he will be trying to get in bed with us again tonight. I thought about putting his sister in the same room with him, but I'm not sure how that will affect her sleep (she's almost 20 months old). Any ideas/advice?

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Erika - posted on 04/30/2010

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My son is 3 1/2 years old. Bedtimes are the worst for me. He fights sleep so bad all day long, I just don't understand how he isnt just completely exhausted and passed out. Just like my brother and I, he doesnt have a set bedtime; however, if I notice that it is effecting him the next day...I make him go to bed earlier that night. I allow him to stay up later on the weekends but i go back to the same schedule during the week. He has so much energy, I just cant keep up with him sometimes.

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