My 2.5 year old won't sleep in his toddler bed throughout the night. He get's up 2-3 times a night in which I need to return him to his room. Anyone have suggestions? I'm exhausted and have another one on the way!

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Lori - posted on 11/24/2008

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we used a baby gate for the boys too...and another thing we found helped was either music he liked or a small tv with a movie playing....gave him some quiet time to relax and do a quiet activity.



The babygate was a huge help for us as we knew he was safe and the worst that will happen is he sleeps on the floor.

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Lori - posted on 07/06/2011

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You should read him the children's book, I Sleep In My Own Bed (www.isleepinmyownbed.com).
My daughter had the same problem: always running into our room begging to come in our bed or calling from her to have one of us stay with her.  However I Sleep In My Own Bed's cute illustrations and text taught her that her room is just for her so anyone else in her room or any other room doesn't work.  The book makes other great points too. She really loves the book and wants it read to her every night.  And most importantly she sleeps in her own room by herself.
I highly recommend it!

Krystin - posted on 11/24/2008

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I forgot to mention that we also have a sound machine that blocks out noises that could be outside, or even from the tv. Maybe that will help too. I'm not so sure about falling asleep to a tv tho (no offense) but a friend of ours did that and now her son can't fall asleep unless there's a tv on, which makes it difficult when the child goes to grandma's or you are at a family gathering.

Jessica - posted on 11/24/2008

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I had a horrible time with now my 5 year old at the same time. We bought him a wonderful Toddler bed but he thought it was a toy and he pushed it around the room and would not sleep in it. We went to a double bed with bedding that he chose...then the big night came and I have to admit I got this from the Nanny and it was hard but it took me about a week and it works. We had a night time story and then I would kiss him and place him in bed turn off the light and knelt beside the bed and make no noise or eye contact. If he got out of bed I would simply put him back in bed and say nothing and kneel back down. All he could see was my profile. I did not talk or soothe or touch him. Each time he got out of bed I just put him back. Every night I would move a little closer to the door until I was out of the room. I still have to be up every night in the living room until he goes to bed but he does not leave his room unless he has to go potty. It is hard because they cry and you want to cry with them but this does work, you are not leaving them you are just making them understand that this is their bed.

Cara - posted on 11/24/2008

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krystin reply is worth a try. i have 4 on my own and i believe in routine bath milk bed same time every night.all my kids have had a bedtime at 7 from the day that they was born.i have to wake them up!! just be consistant.i couldn't have done things on my own with out this. they also have a gate!! good luck hun xxx

Madeleine - posted on 11/24/2008

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We're having the same problem. She is now sleeping on her crib mattress in our room. (At least she's not in our bed.) We've ordered a twin bed---hoping that gets her back into her own room.

Monte - posted on 11/24/2008

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Try sleeping in his room for a few nights to give him comfort, but create a routine like sound machine plays waves or birds. eventually he will associate the sound with the comfort of you being in the room with him and go back to sleep when waking to the sounds. another option is a pinwheel lamp that illuminates on the walls and ceiling same consept sleep in his room for a week or so. good luck!

Katie - posted on 11/24/2008

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We didn't have a real hard time with our daughter when we put her in the toddler bed. We have since put her in a "big girl" bed. My friend and her husband actually turned the door knob of their son's room so that the lock side of the knob was on the outside of the door. they locked it from the outside and their son couldn't get out. they only had to do it for 3 nights and then they never had to do it again. she said it worked like a charm!

User - posted on 11/24/2008

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The big bed worked (eventually) for my oldest, but both younger ones managed to roll out too often despite rails, etc (helicopter sleepers!) and so stuck with toddler beds. After three boys, we've ad the quickest success with (and you're not going to love to hear this) taking them back to their bed each time they get up with minimal conversation or fanfare, tucking them back in and leaving the room. They got it eventually that getting up didn't get them any late night attention, just an escort back to bed.

Andrea - posted on 11/24/2008

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The bigger bed helped my son too. He was not as comfortable climbing in and out of it. Plus we had the bed rails. Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 11/24/2008

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My son is younger than yours also, and he was doing the same thing. We ended up and got a full size bed for him to sleep in, and it worked.

Krystin - posted on 11/24/2008

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Ok, I sometimes have the same problem with my son. He is younger, but this does seem to work for me. At night after he falls asleep in his bigboy bed, I have a baby gate that I put in his doorway. This way, if he is to wake up in the middle of the night, I can be assured that he won't get into trouble or get hurt. My son is very, very quiet when he wakes up, so I don't hear him all the time. Also the baby gate will make it so you don't have to get up in the middle of the night. Sure - he might sleep in the doorway sometimes, but I know my son will get bored with laying on the floor in the doorway and will go back to his bed.
Hope this helps!

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