Co-Sleeping

Katelyn - posted on 06/17/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son has nearly spent his entire in our room, around 13 months he went into his own room. He was very great at adjusting and would even tell us when he wanted to go to sleep and would run to his room. At about 16 months he became scared to sleep in there and around that time we decided to let him sleep in our bed, and he has been ever since-he is now 21 months. We have tried putting him back in his crib and he can now crawl out, we have tried a toddler bed and he wont stay in there, we have also tried putting on a movie in there for him and a night light-none of this has worked. He screams and cries if we even get close to his room at bed time. So I am wondering if anyone else is experiencing this or has experienced this and how did you change it? How do I make the transition again? Thank you for all for the advice in advance :).

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Samantha - posted on 06/18/2011

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i saw an episode of super nanny with this issue as i a highlight. they put the child in his crib/bed and sat quietly on the floor not looking at the child until they fell asleep. if the child came out of their room and into their bed, they quietly without speaking put the child back into their own bed and sat quietly until the child fell asleep. the key was to be very quite, no speaking, no getting the child more riled up. if the child crawed into their lap when they were waiting for them to fall asleep the parent quietly put the child back in bed. being very consistant is important. explane that your room is separate from your sons. it is his own quite safe place and he is to sleep there. never use his room for time outs or punishments as this will make them not want to go there. maybe find a special toy or blanket to soothe him.

hope you can resolve this good luck ♥

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Thats great that it worked, just keep it up its hard to stay consistant especially when they get sick. It will get easier after a few days of him learning about this new arrangement.

Katelyn - posted on 06/19/2011

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Thank you Samantha! We tried that tonight, and it took about 20 mins for him to fall asleep, he was screaming and crying and it was really hard but hopefully it gets easier. April, yes he loves books, we usually read a book or two before bed each night. And normally he likes to cuddle, first with me then he goes to his dad and then back to me and then he falls asleep.

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First off does he like books or some quiet activity? If so what is it maybe able to integrate that into bed time where he does that activity in his bed but is not allowed in the parents bed. Just curious what does he like to do when he first gets into the bed with you and your husband? is it snuggle, play, or just go right to sleep?

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