Brenna - posted on 03/29/2011 ( 218 moms have responded )
I have a little girl about to turn 2 on April 30th. She sleeps in a toddler bed and goes to bed at 7or 8pm-ish and wakes around 7am-ish. She usually sleeps through the night once in a while waking up.
The problem is she likes to put everything in her bed after we leave her. I mean everything; Books, clothes, baskets, toys, blankets, shoes...everything and anything she can get her hands on! She even uses her desk chair to climb up and take things off of dressers and shelves. Once she has it all in her bed she gets in and sleeps. Each morning we have to dig her out of the overflowing rubble. I’m not sure why she is doing this and I’m a bit worried. Any ideas on why or how we can get her to stop??
Hi, some of you are asking for answers to your questions. I did answer as many as I could but I think the answers are lost in the comments so I thought it best to put them here with the start:
My husband and I are happily married with 4 kids (Girl 18, Boy 16, Boy who will be 4 April 30 and Kat "The Monkey" who will be 2 on April 30) none of our other kids did this…she is only looked after by family members so no outside stress or anxiety as the reason in that regard. She had been in her big girl bed for about 6 months before she started this so I don’t think it’s due to new bed anxiety. When we put her to bed we give her one bear and her binky and she goes to bed without fuss. She is getting up in the night to load up her bed. She takes a 1-2 hour nap during the day with no fuss and does not do this during her nap. Her speech is a bit delayed but we chalked it up to her being a preemie. She says: Mom, Dad, Bug, Book, No-way, me & “Coming” clearly. She also uses another 5 or 6 words in heavy baby talk ( Jute for juice, Peees for please etc.) but she is open to try and repeat what you say if you ask her to. She very seldom has meltdowns and has a very silly personality. She is also going through some major teething. (Only had 4 teeth until just before this started now 4 are coming in at once!). We have tried a night light and playing soft music. She has been adding things to her bed for about a week or two now. She does not bring food to her bed and we have removed her chair and any hard things she could put in her bed. but she has started to leave her room and pile things around her on the couch in the pitch dark down stairs and then just sits and waits for us to find her in the morning. We don’t act angry when we find her but I do tell her I am very worried when she leaves her room and try to encourage her to go to find mommy and daddy (Our door is open at night and next to hers) We have tried several baby proof door handle devices but she is a ninja and gets out. We are now trying to tie her outside door knob to the railing in front of her door for a few days until she realizes she can’t get out. I hate the idea of tying or locking her in (Even for a short time) but I think it would be more dangerous for her to roam the house at night while we slept. Yes she climbs over baby gates too! LOL (I know, not funny, but big picture funny) Thank you to everyone, It is very comforting to hear this is a normal 2 year old thing that others have also experienced with their kids…I hope with time it will run it’s course and I will be on to scratching my head on the next thing this little monkey does :)
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Hi, Sorry, I know some of you are asking me to "Reply!"..not sure how to do that so I'm adding my replies here...( Pushed the reply button and I get taken here anyway LOL) Here is my next reply:
MaryEllen you are a genius! I never though that she could be doing this in her sleep! My 16 year old did amazing things in his sleep (Still does occasionally). He would roam the house, make food, sit in front of the TV and laugh but the TV was off. He even once took out all of my canned food and made a castle on the kitchen floor with silverware balanced on top! We found him sleeping in closets, cupboards and even on the dining room table. We could have full on conversations with him and he would even start talking to a third person who was not there adding them to the conversation LOL. Thankfully he never left the house (We installed high locks) they said he would grow out of it and for the most part he did by age 9. It never dawned on me that she might be doing this too because the doctor said it was a rare thing for him to do this and no one else in our immediate or extended family ever did it. I guess I have a new direction to explore with this little one, thank you! And thank you to all the well-wishers and supporters :)