Toddler's bad sleeping habits..

Sher - posted on 04/15/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My sweet baby girl is now almost 21 months old and refuses to sleep in her crib. She had digestion issues when she was about 2 months old until about 5 months old and the only way that my husband and I (who both worked full-time at the time) could get any sleep at night was to let her sleep in our bed. Now, months and months have gone by and we haven't been able to transition her to her crib. She still sleeps in our bed. I stay home with her now while my husband works during the day and when I get up in the mornings, she sleeps in our bed until she gets up and comes out of the bedroom on her own. For nap time, she will only fall asleep in her high chair. I desperately need to get her sleeping in her crib for both naps and night time. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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Jessica - posted on 04/16/2011

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my son slept in my bed with me until he was about 2 yrs old also, he did NOT like his crib either so i got him a toddler bed and he liked that better. I think by 2 yrs old and sleeping in our beds they feel the cribs are to small and the toddler bed is like a mini version of mommies bed? It still took about a solid week of no sleep on my part to transition him to his own bed, you just have to stick to it, everytime she comes in to get in your bed you auomatically bring her to her bed. You may have to stay there with her till she falls back to sleep but do not give in and let her sleep back in your bad once you start or she will know that she can get away with not using her own bed and then you have to start all over again lol. If she has her own room them maybe it will be easier to bring the toddler bed in your room and get her comfortable with sleeping in her own bed but still in the same room as mommy and daddy then when you are ready move her to her own room. That is what i had to do with my son, hope i could help you and good luck!

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Hi!How big is her crib? Its a time for a big girl bad?We got one for my baby about this time SHE LOVES IT! But day sleeping is only in her buggy outside so i get her out in a buggy then few moments later when she is asleep roll her in to the livingroom and close the door....and at least 1 or 2 h sleep and everybody happy!! Hope it helps

Crystal - posted on 04/21/2011

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At this point she just needs a big girl bed. She is use to a bed already just make it fun and get her own. Putting her in a crib would be like back tracking at this point. Make getting her own bed fun. Fun sheets pillowcases etc. If this does not work then you put her in the big kid bed and each night you scoot closer to the door until eventually she wont need you to be there any more :) hope this helps.

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I agree that at this point, getting her into a regular bed (either a twin, daybed or a toddler bed...does her crib transition to toddler bed?) would be easiest. I don't recommend the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" though (sorry Ashley!). It was not an easy read and I ended up donating it. It's possible that I am more of a "hands on" approach kind of person but for a self help book, it just rambled on and on and on......IMO :)

Ashley - posted on 04/18/2011

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If she's 21 months old, and she's been in an regular bed for most of her life, she might do better if you just go straight to a twin/full bed instead of the crib. Make a big deal about it, let her pick out her bedding, etc.

As for her actual sleep habits/schedule, try sleep training (you can google "toddler sleep training methods" and get numerous options). Also, a book called Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.

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