my son is 22 months and climbed out of his cot bed

Emma - posted on 11/05/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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We have changed it into a bed, but getting him to sleep is a bloody nightmare, bath before bed, we have read stories, has his milk but no letting himself go..he wants us to sit with him even if he climbing on you in bed, we leave him and cries the bloody house down standing at the gate by his door. Anyone got any advice and success stories. I don't see an end to it lol

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Raye - posted on 11/05/2015

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By now your child should be sleeping about 11 hours at night. He should get up when you get up and take an afternoon nap for 1-3 hours every day. Some children will hold onto two shorter daily naps until their second birthday. If yours is one of them, don't fight it. Try to keep the schedule the same every day.

Sarah - posted on 11/05/2015

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In my personal experience a well rested child actually sleeps better that an overtired child. The trick is catching them in the window where he is sleepy but not so exhausted he goes berserk. I only had this problem with my first, and he though is was an awesome game to get out of bed and run around. We made the house quiet and dark (except a nightlight) and just kept putting him back in bed without a word. he had a door on his room and there would be nights I'd find him asleep by the door. He is little yet, but a few night in bed will help him learn to stay put. At almost 2 I'd think he'd need just one long nap after lunch. So if he is up at 7, try to stretch him to an early lunch 10:30 or 11 then down by noon until 2:30 or 3, then to bed at 6 or 7. Ritual is important and I think you follow a routine. Raye is correct also that a few months may make a huge difference. That doesn't mean you let him into your bed or get into his; just that it may take a bit for him to get used to sleeping in his bed. Did you have a similar issue with the crib?

Raye - posted on 11/05/2015

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Emma, This is an age when toddlers feel possessive of their parents. Try making naps shorter so he is more tired at night. Cuddle with him until he's drowsy, but not quite asleep yet, and then leave him to see if he will fall asleep on his own. You will have some time of adjustment as he gets used to the new bed. Remember he's not being aggravating on purpose.

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Emma - posted on 11/05/2015

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Thank you..seems really hard he has about hour a half late morning then will be awake for about 6 hours then will sleep approximately 7 in the evening. How long do I give him to sleep in the morning?

Emma - posted on 11/05/2015

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I dont believe in spanking. How is spanking gonna solve the situation? It will just make him cry more and teach him spanking is okay to do.

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