How do you get your 23month old to sleep in his own room again?

Patricia - posted on 08/30/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 23 month old son does not want to sleep in is own room anymore. this started about a week ago. and I have tried changing his crib into a toddler bed so he could feel like a big boy now. and that didn't work. he always wants to go to bed in my bed for naps and at night and I am not sure why he is so affraid to be in his own room now. Before we would say it's bed time and he would get his blanket and his doggie and would walk to his room and give us a kiss and we would put him in his crib and he would just go to sleep.so after the first to nights i thought maybe its time for the toddler bed and the first night he went to bed fine but now he is back at wanting to sleep in my bed only. Can anyone help me by telling why he might be doing this and how I can get him to go back to sleeping in his own bed?

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Neva - posted on 08/30/2011

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The best way to get a child to sleep in his own bed is to not let him sleep in yours. I would establish a regular bed time routine, if you don't already have one, where you give him a bath, put jammies on, take him to bed, read him a story and then tell him night night. The toddler bed is fun for him because he can just get up, where in a crib he could not, so after you turn out the light, sit at the foot of his bed and look at the floor. If he gets up, get up and tell him its bed time and put him back into bed. Then go back and sit on the floor again. Don't look at him or talk to him. After the first time he gets up don't speak to him again. The next time those little feet hit the floor, just immediately get up and lay him back down, and go back to your spot. Don't talk to him or look at him in this process. The first night it might take a couple of hours, and he might try to get your attention by talking, crying, asking what you're doing, etc. Don't answer back, just keep putting him back as soon as he starts getting up. He will soon learn that getting up is getting him nowhere. Do the same thing for naptime. Have him take a nap in his own bed. If you follow through, you will have him sleeping without a problem in just a few days.

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Patricia - posted on 08/31/2011

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Thank you Neva, we did have a regular routine for the past 12 to 14 months and he was doing great. This that is happening just started a week ago. He was still in his crib at the time so after the second night of him fighting us we decided it was maybe time to try the toddler bed and it worked for the first night. And then he started fighting us again. So we decided last night to put the rail back on his bed to make it a crib again. And we just let him cry himself to sleep.

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