Kayla - posted on 08/19/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
My daughter is 2 1/2 years old she just got a little twin bed aka her big girl bed. She was sleeping wanderfully in her crib: I would read her a story tuck her in and kiss her goodnight and close the door and she wouldnt be heard of until atleast 12 hours later. She never needed a night light or anything, just her Dora doll and she was set for the night. Well she learned how to climb out of her bed about a month ago so that changed everything. She would get out when ever she felt like it even if it was 4 in the morning and I didnt want her getting hurt so I decided she needed a regular bed. She wanted to have a big girl bed and still does but she wont stay in her bed! She says shes scared, she wants me to sleep w her or keep reading more stories. The only thing that kind of works is I will sit in the room with her until she falls asleep. But the problem is if she so much as stirs she wakes and must get out of her bed even if she has only been sleeping for a couple hours. She is completely exhasted and misrible....and frankly so I am! I dont know what to say or do to get to understand she is safe to sleep in her new bed. I tried reassuring her with her frog night light tell her he will make sure she is safe while she sleep; I told her mommy is in the next room I will make sure your safe and I want let anythign happen to you; Nothing is here that can hurt you; I tried leaving her closet light on and leaving the door open. I made a sleeping chart and told her we wil put stickers on it everytime she stays in her bed all night ( we did this for potty trainging and it worked great!) but not so much for sleeping.I feel helpless and nothing seems to be working. She really needs her sleep and she just cant function without her 12 hours of sleep each night. I want her to be able to be an independent sleeper so I just dont feel comfortable with what I have to do now. I dont like the idea that I need to sit with her just so she can sleep and then to wake up and do it all over again. Any suggestion? DO I need to be harder on her and just keep putting her in bed even if she cries? HELP!