Why does my 24 month old sleep UNDER her bed?

Melissa - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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When I put my daughter to bed she's in bed and I know she falls asleep there. If she fell out of bed I'd expect her to cry but instead I go into her room in the middle of the night or in the morning and she is sleeping underneath her bed instead of in it. Why would she do this. She's not afraid of her bed or anything. I don't get it.

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Kristy Ann - posted on 08/19/2011

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Some children have difficulty transitioning from crib to bed, there are some devices u can purchase that sit over the bed like a giant leaf and with small side protectors on the edge of the bed may help her to still feel safe and secure in her bed, then slowely after some time move the leaf a little to the side opening up her view above her bed.
Continue to do this till the leaf is removed.
U can buy the leaves at Ikea.

Karen - posted on 01/07/2010

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I wouldn't worry too much about it. My daughter did the exact same thing for a while when we first transitioned to the toddler bed. Even with the toddler rails, she would end up on the floor. I think she ended up there because she was used to something stopping her movements while she was in the crib. My husband was really disturbed about it so I put an air-mattress beside her toddler bed and shoved it somewhat under her bed. That way she would stop being under her bed. For the first week after sticking the air-mattress there she would just roll herself off of it and onto the floor. After 3 weeks or so, she stopped ending up on the air-mattress and was staying put in her bed. Basically, I decided not to worry to much because if she was uncomfortable, she was big enough to get up on her own.

Claire - posted on 01/05/2010

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Is she in a toddler bed or a twin? I've found that our kids' toddler beds are at a good enough height to catch the draft from the window. That was easily fixed by some of that plastic window film.

Also, maybe there's too much light in her room or it's just enough of a crack in the curtains to let in the streetlight.

Ceva - posted on 01/04/2010

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Iv never had this experience but it sounds like a security thing to me,some kids go into their parents bed maybe your daughter just feels safe there! :-)

Melissa - posted on 01/04/2010

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She can't talk enough to tell me why she sleeps under the bed. I do put her back in her bed if I find her there before I go to bed but she's always back under the bed when I wake up in the morning.

Mandy - posted on 01/02/2010

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My kiddos have done this just after they are transitioned out of the crib. It just lasted a few days maybe. You could try putting the mattress on the floor.

Tina - posted on 01/02/2010

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Have you tried asking her why she ends up under the bed? I assume you scoop her up and put her back in the middle of the night and she stays there till morning? Have you considered using a fold-down rail to see if that makes a difference? She could be dream walking...as a kid I always slept with the blankets pulled over my noggin because that's how I felt safe...Ask her ...I bet she has enough vocabulary to answer your questions.

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