how do you help get a three year old adjusted sleeping in her own bed

Jessica - posted on 05/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my daughter is about to be three but she is sleeping in my bed and she will not sleep in her bed. i am 23 and a single mother and it is hard to break from this habit i don't know what to do. i need some advice on this and some friends to talk to also it is a hard struggle for me to raise her as a single mother and her father bailed on her when she was born and has never been a part of her life so i feel it being extra hard when trying to handle her becuase i am both mother and father to her.

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Stacey - posted on 05/16/2009

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Hi Jessica, i was in the same boat as you, that was until i took my daughter shopping for a new bed spread,i told her she could pick any one she wanted as long as she slept in her own bed, She ended up picking a disney princess set, so when she was at her fathers for the weekend i did her bedroom up to look like it belonged to a princess. That was about 8 months ago, and it has worked wonders!!!!

Jessica - posted on 05/16/2009

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no i do not have any support it is just me and her and she goes to daycare during the day when i work. she has a very set schedule and i always read to her. i have been doin that since she was born. and has been on set schedule since she was old enough to do that it has been the same time. she gets plenty of kisses and hugs from but you can never give to many honestly. it is hard she screams and cries and i keep laying here in her bed and i tell her i am here in the house with her that i am not far but she wont stay in hers she keeps running to mine and i have been dealing with this for six months

Natalie - posted on 05/15/2009

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I agree with Melanie. You have to be prepared for it though as some kids can take up to a couple of hours to settle. Don't wait outside her door or around the corner as she will know and it will encourage her to come out. It is very hard work but really the only way. A reward chart should help her along, moving up when she stays in her bed all night. Supernanny website has some you can print off. It can be stressful. key is to be prepared and confident that it will work.

Lisa - posted on 05/15/2009

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when she falls to sleep put her in her own bed you got to keep doing it till it works

Melanie - posted on 05/15/2009

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sound tuff do u have any help/support from n e one else? My advice on this is tuff love if you dont think u r rredy for it then i wouldnt even try.establish a bed time routine that u can fallow every nite read stories in her bed with lots of hugs and kisses every nite. then tell her u love her and that yr near by leave the room if she cries let her cry if she gets out put her back in and dont say anything. it will be hard at first but eventualy she will get used to it and wont make a fuss.worked fine for mine its truly all about the routine and not giving in good luck

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