How to keep 2 1/2 year old in bed t night? Help she is so over tired!

Stacy - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Moved to big bed about a month ago and she is really having a hard time getting the idea of staying in bed at bed time. She was a great sleeper in the crib wen to bed at 7 and slept til 8 with a nap and now it takes til 8:30 to get to bed and she is up at 7 and we struggle with naps now too. My happy little girl is such a crab!

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Summer - posted on 01/18/2009

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Is she in a toddler bed? Maybe a bed tent would help? Read Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Marc Wesibluth. It is a great sleep aide and covers sleeps issues til teenage years. We just moved our 20 month old into a toddler bed. He does have a little 5 mintue fuss but he knows he is not getting out until he sleeps. We have it against the wall to help him feel more secure. Another thing that helped us was to get some black out blinds. Total darkness! Now mornings...we awake to him banging on the door! LOL! Good luck hope it works out soon!

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Tabitha - posted on 01/18/2009

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aweee this was just on the mom show the other day ..



they said that its the tough love thing .. what you should do is do your nightly routine. bath book bed.. or whatever it is that works for you and your family .. kiss goodnight and then its bed time.... from there if she comes out of bed you take her by the hand with no eye contact and no words except to say the its time to sleep.. .. basically they said you put them in bed and say "sleep" 



it may seem rash at the time but its supposed to work ... they said you just have to keep with it .. if it takes 2 nights or 2 weeks it will work ..



 



 



good luck!

Leigh-Erin - posted on 01/18/2009

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we have battled since august to keep our daughter in the bed. some nights are good, some are bad. i just recetnly started to give her calms forte for kids--natural herbs to help her calm down. and it is really working. we also read to her and she always wants to keep a book in the bed with her to look at while we read. we keep a blue light in the lamp, so she has some light, but not a lot. and when we leave we close the door. she falls asleep reading her own book and sometimes gets upset and bangs on the door. but i tell her the door can be opened when she gets back in the bed. we put a gate up at night before we head to bed in case she wakes up during the night, she can't come crawl in our bed. and it is getting much better. you just have to work with different ideas and see what works for you. good luck.



p.s. defintely no yelling to get back to bed, it just makes it worse. just walk out and close the door.

Nadia - posted on 01/18/2009

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hi i have a 2 1/2 year old too.about 4 months ago we put her into a cot bed and all was fine. Then it started just like yours sounds we could bearly even get her into the room and then tryin to get her in then bed was just a nightmare like really bad.she was gettin out before i even left the room i kept all the routine the same as when she was in her cot.i explain big girl big bed etc (we put her in the bed because she tried to get out of her cot) this nightmare went on for aleast 2 weeks then she got a cold so colud sleep even more. BUT it had to stop so, once she got ove the cold we did it the super nanny way and just kept puttin her back.first time she got out keep the talkin to a min "its late,straight to sleep now and i see you in the mornin love you" then out the room, after that dont speak each time you put her her back because it then stars the conversation up between you and her again.and just keep goin seriously it worked.when you put her back dont be like tuckin her in a messin about literly take her hand put her back and leave you can sort covers out later.she seemed to just get board of gettin up cos there was no reaction i think it took us about a week to sort.really hope this helps it did for us.good luck and just keep goin with it dont give up cos its apparently them testin us. (which does work haha)

Ami - posted on 01/18/2009

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Our son was the same as your daughter, about sleeping in the crib. It's funny, when our son moved into the big-boy twin bed, we were afraid he would wake up and get into the bathroom, or get into some kind of trouble, so we put a kiddie-gate at his door, and kept his bedroom door open. Other than that change to his bed rountine, we kept everything the same. For example: tub before bed, story time, reading time, etc. We explained that the gate keeps you safe, and you must stay in bed. Hope this helps!

Stacy - posted on 01/18/2009

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She is in a twin bed with a low bed frame and i was thinking about moving it to the wall!Thanks i will read the book!

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