Jack in the box

Kerry - posted on 03/15/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old has had ups and downs transitioning to a toddler bed. I thought we had overcome challenges, but for the past couple of weeks he has been relentlessly getting out of bed at bedtime, to the point where we consistently walk him back to his crib for 2 hours. We tried a gate, a double gate, and he climbed over both.weve been trying the super nanny method, but with little to no sucess. He also has been waking up between 4 and 5....I'd try taking his naps away, but he seems to get sleepy and need them. Of course at this point he's averaging 6-8 hours of sleep! I'm feeling tired, impatient, and like a terrible mother. Any advice welcome.

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Ev - posted on 03/15/2016

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My son outgrew a crib by 18 months of age and it was an up and down struggle to get him to stay in bed. Bedtime was 8 pm. He would stay awake getting up and down until midnight before he would sleep until mostly 6 am. He would take a nap in the afternoon for about 2 or 3 hours and was up when sis got home from school. I had to learn to adjust to his sleeping schedule so I could keep on taking him back to bed until he got it by the age of 5! It does take time.

Raye - posted on 03/15/2016

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Your child needs about 12-14 hours of sleep per day. This includes night time and naps. It's pretty normal for a 2 y/o to regress in their sleeping habits. They will grow out of it. You just have to remain consistent, even if that means putting him back to bed 50 times in a row. If he wakes at night, then make sure he's not hungry or thirsty, that he's clean and dry, and then put him back to bed. Be consistent, and don't give in.

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