Staying in toddler bed

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My son is 18 months old. He crawled out of his crib many times until finally we broke down and turned it into a toddler bed. Now we are having trouble keeping him in his bed at night. I try not to get in the habit of him sleeping with us, but when you are sleep deprived, it's the easiest thing to do. Any suggestions?

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Medic - posted on 03/21/2011

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My now 4 year old was moved at 16 months and my now 14 month old was moved a few days ago. Now we haven't had issues with them getting out but while we were changing everything we told them that getting out of bed when it wasn't time and they would go in the playpen. we have the playpen set up in the corner and my daughter absolutely hates it and our plan is after putting her back to bed 5 times she will sleep in the playpen...we haven't gotten that far yet.

Pia - posted on 03/21/2011

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I know sleep deprivation is horrible and it's so easy to let them crawl into bed with you, but this is one of those things that you just have to go through the pain to get the result. Just keep putting him back in bed. And use the gate. I found my son resisted staying in bed less if I told him I was going to come back and check on him in ten minutes. I always went back and he would (usually) always be in bed waiting for me.

Louise - posted on 03/21/2011

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I would put a stairgate on his door and make the room totally safe. keep putting him back to bed and telling him to stay there and then leave. Then let him cry it out and let him fall asleep on the floor. Then go in and place him in his bed. If you keep giving into him he will expect to sleep in your bed and then you are left with a worse habbit to deal with. Nobody likes to hear there child cry but there are different types of crying, crying because your upset and crying because you are not getting your own way. Stand firm with him tell him before you go to bed that this is his bed and this is where he is going to sleep. He will eventually get the picture if you stay consistant he will stop pushing to go into your bed.

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