Bedtime escape trouble! Can't get 17 mth old to sleep in her toddler bed, need help or advice

Brandy - posted on 03/21/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




I have a 17 mth old daughter and she can climb out of her crib so we moved her in to a toddler bed. She wouldnt sleep in it in her own room so we moved it into our room and she still won't sleep in her bed. She used to sleep very well and now she won't go to sleep without a fight! Any advice, suggestions or wisdom will be greatly appreciated!


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Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011




We took out anything unsafe from the bedroom, had the bed in the bedroom, and the door gated. If they wake up during the night they can play, but with nothing to play with they give up. With only one to deal with, it's much easier!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/26/2011




To each his own, but this is where I stand with the toddler bed situation. It is a big task to get a child used to using a toddler bed and then you are going to start ALL over again in a few months with a regular bed. Why don't you save yourself the trouble and get a real bed for her..where you don't have to do this dance again?

Use a babygate at the door and that will help keep her safe..for us the stairs were an issue ..all our bedrooms are on the 2nd floor and we were scared the kids might get up out of bed at night or nap and come tumbling down the stairs.

Also, if she sees she can't get far she may be detered to even try.

We switched our children from the crib to a twin bed with rails on either side.. at 18 months. The mom before me mentioned a method very much like we used to keep the kids in bed. Super nanny has a video on it...check it out

Cheryl - posted on 03/21/2011




I think maybe you might have given in to her too soon when she climbed out of her crib.. did you drop the mattress and raise the sides as high as they can go?? Our son slept in his crib til he was 3 or older and we just told him he had to stay in bed til I came and got him up.. I left a little tiny snack and cup of water on the dresser next to his bed with some special books and he would just stay in there and read quietly til I came in.. he was a very early riser.. 5 or 5:30 and I wouldn't go in there til 6 or 6:30.. you are the boss not her.. you might have moved her to the toddler bed too soon, and you are losing all the battles by putting it in your room.. are you comfortable locking her door on her room? or a half door she can't climb over?.. you really need to be firm and win this battle because they only get bigger and harder and if you put your foot down and insist she stay in her bed/crib in her room til you come in and get her up, you will have so much more peace.. she is trying the limits to see if you will stop her! when she gets out of her bed and out of her room.. you very calmly take her back to bed, kiss her tuck her back in bed and say, no, you have to stay in bed and don't get up again.. you might have to do this over and over many times the first night and maybe the second or third, but be firm and consistant, don't get emotional or angry.. set a chair outside of her room with a good book to keep you occupied while you go thru this routine.. you will be glad you put in this bit of work in the long run.. she needs her limits, she needs her sleep, you need your bed and your sanity.. give it a shot!

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