How do you get your toddler to stay in the bed all night?

Veronica - posted on 07/11/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi all,

I have a 32mth old son who rarely sleeps in his bed the whole night through. He generally gets up at least once, if not more times a night & comes to climb in bed with me (my DH travels a lot). I've tried taking him back to his bed & reassure him it's fine; but he it doesn't work & we are all losing sleep over it. We even have an automatic light on in the kitchen & have told him he's not to leave his room until the light is off (it's off at 6a). This doesn't seem to work either. Friends have told me to put a door handle lock on the inside of his room, so he can't get out. This just seems unsafe IMHO, plus he's potty trained, so he needs to be able to get to the bathroom. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to keep my almost 3yr old in the bed...I'm ready to have a full night sleep again.

Thanks.

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Kerri - posted on 07/29/2011

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Hi Veronica, I too am having the same issues with my 32mth old son, so cant help you too much. He's been sleeping through the night since he was 10wks old. A few weeks ago we moved him into a bigger bedroom with a full size bed and all decorated lovely and all was well for a few weeks, since coming home from a mini break he's decided to come into our room each night and ask to get up into bed, (although in both places we stayed he had his own bedroom and he managed to stay asleep all night) I take him back to his room but he wont let me go back to bed, I have tried the 'I'll be back in 5 mins etc' but he's too cute for that and gets himself into a paddy, so I sit with him until he is asleep. I have tried asking him what wakes him but get nothing conclusive from him, I know he doesnt like the dark so he has a plug in night light which we've used since he was a baby. Until last night 28/07/11 he's been waking up the same time 3:30am, he sometimes talks about monsters and sometimes about fireworks waking him up, but wont elaborate when questioned further. This morning I told him that a teddy bear that is still in his other room got scared last night and needed a cuddle from him, and would he take him to bed tonight so he's not scared anymore, and if you wake up you need to cuddle the bear so that he feels safe and comforted, so heres hoping that works?? I have just read the top ten tips on helping a child who is frightened of the dark and have found some interesting tips some of which I will be trying.....check it out. Looking on this page on the right hand side are also related conversations so will look at those too, as like you I too would love a full nights sleep!!
Good Luck and let me know how you get on.

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