What to do about son not staying in bed?

Chrystal - posted on 02/18/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son is 1.5 years old and because he was climbing out of his crib we moved him to a toddler bed. He did really well at first he'd get into bed and stay there till morning when we'd come get him up. But lately he's been climbing out of bed and laying on the floor next to his door right under his night light and going to sleep there. He's not crying or bang on the door or anything like that to get out of going to bed he just isn't sleeping in his bed. I usually don't even know he's on the floor till I go check on him before I go to bed and I see little feet sticking out under the door. I can't see any reason he wouldn't like his bed it's in the same spot as his crib was, it's got his blanket his Nanna made him that he's used everyday since he was born, it's got his stuffed animals that he requested be in bed with him, and it's a pretty comfortable cot I tried it out to make sure. I want him comfortable plus I feel bad about spending 300 on a bed that's not even being slept in it's so wasteful. Has anyone else gone through this? Do I just ignore it and hope he chooses his bed again or do I keep a closer eye while he's going to bed and make him keep getting back in bed?


Lindsey - posted on 02/18/2012




My son turned 2 in January. He's been in his toddler bed for about 2 months now, and he did the same thing as your son. He was okay in his bed for about a week, but then he began to get out of bed and fall asleep by his door. My husband and I even found him sleeping in the hallway snuggled up with our cat a few times. I would suggest that when you find him like that, you simply put him back in his bed.

I worried about my son being uncomfortable too, but then I realized that if he was that uncomfortable on the floor, he would soon realize it and start sleeping in his bed.

It won't last forever, my little guy stays in his bed 90% of the time now, only occasionally falls asleep on the floor. And if I put him back in his bed, he usually stays there now.

I think a lot of it has to do with the newly discovered freedom that they don't "have" to sleep in their bed.

Good luck.


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Chrystal - posted on 02/18/2012




thanks ladies I was hoping that would be the advice I'd much rather not start a battle at bedtime when for right now he goes to sleep without a fuss even if it's not in his bed at least it's in his room. My husband was worrying about him being lonely or upset and that was why he did it but good to know other kids do it too.

Medic - posted on 02/18/2012




My daughter is 25 months and been out of the crib since she was 14 months. Most nights she sleeps in her bed but sometimes she sleeps by the door or in her brothers bed. I personally couldn't care less where she sleeps as long as she is asleep. My son did the same thing till about 2.5-3. To me it falls under the catagory of if it ain't broke don't fix it. Kids can sleep anywhere and do not get uncomfy like adults do, hell my 2 and 5 year olds can somehow both fall asleep on the floor of their playroom....its tile.

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