Training for toddler bed?

Kimberly - posted on 01/17/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter has climbed out of her baby bed the last 2 nights. So I put her in her toddler bed last night. So far I have to lay down until she falls asleep. Last night she only got up one time and wanted me to lay down with her. Our bedrooms are upstairs so I am afraid to let her stay up there even though I have baby gates up to keep her from coming down. I also need some information on how to keep her in her bed and get her to go to sleep on her own without pitching a fit like she normally does.

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Katie - posted on 01/19/2012

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I read an article in a parenting magazine a few years ago, about how to keep your kids in bed longer. It mentioned putting a large digital clock in their room and covering the minutes, only expposing the # of the hour. It said to post large numbers next to it and teach your child that "when it says THIS number you can get out of bed, but have to stay in your room; when it says THIS number, you can come get Mommy." Of course it depends on the age of your child, and may not work as well at night (can't see the sample #'s in the dark) but it may work. We have a projection alarm clock that shines on my daughters' ceiling, She loves to look at the numbers, We will definitely try this technique when she moves to her toddler bed. GOOD LUCK!!

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Medic - posted on 01/24/2012

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Kaitlin- the older one was a climber the younger one wasn't but she napped in her brothers bed one day by chance and would not go back to the crib. I also used to have an alarm clock in my sons room and he could get out of bed whenever but the alarm would go off at 8 am and once the alarm went off he was allowed out of his room. It worked really well. Now he is 5 and can tell time and him and his sister play in their room until 730 then they come harass us. Good thing they usually sleep later than that anyways.

Lacey - posted on 01/24/2012

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we are really close to getting our daughter into a toddler bed, she will be 19 months soon. She climbed out one day and fell, but hasn't tried it since. I ordered a small bed rail for the bed to make it a toddler bed she can't roll out of. We haven't used it yet but at least have it. That is an option to keep her from rolling out, they can still climb out as they want but shouldn't fall out while sleeping. I plan on sitting next to her bed and reading to her till she gets good and sleepy or until asleep until she gets used to it. You will find something that works! I have also seen suggestions to put a gate on their door so they have to stay in their room.

Jamie - posted on 01/20/2012

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I moved my son to a toddler bed at about 22 months because he's very tall and I thought he was going to climb out of his crib. The first night was terrible! He would not stay in bed no matter how many times I went and put him back in. He finally laid down and went to sleep after I laid on the floor in his bedroom around midnight. The next day at naptime I gave up and put the crib rail back on his bed. About two months later I tried again with the toddler bed and it hasn't been a problem since. There are two main reasons the switch from crib to bed is so difficult for them, 1. Their sense of security has been taken away. And 2. They now have the freedom to get up out of bed on their own unlike in their crib. If you're worried about her falling out of her crib and hurting herself put a big pile of pillows on the floor in front of it so if she does she will fall onto those instead of the floor.

Amanda - posted on 01/19/2012

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When they can jump out it is essential to move to toddler bed. My son did the same at two. The second night i pretended that his stuffed mickey mouse was whispering in my ear that he wanted my son to sleep with him! it worked. if he got up the next night i would talk to mickey a little and he would laugh and listen. finally he got the point that we didnt want him outta bed without our permission! hope things have improved for you the last two nights! good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 01/18/2012

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When she finally goes to sleep she sleeps good. Just have a hard time getting her to fall asleep on her own in her bed. And that has just started. She usually goes to sleep with no trouble.

Kaitlin - posted on 01/18/2012

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not 'too young' but still young- meaning it's not essential that it happens now. Like potty training, 2 is still young, nothing to fret about if they aren't doing it by then. Wow! Your kids did that REALLY young- they must have been climbers, lol.

Medic - posted on 01/18/2012

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@ Kaitlin- How is she too young for a toddler bed? Mine were sleeping in one with no problems at 16 months and 14 months.

Kaitlin - posted on 01/18/2012

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I would say just stay consistent, keep putting her down. by 'baby bed' do you mean crib? She's still young for a toddler bed, but all kids are different. I don't know, we just moved our oldest to a 'big boy' bed and he loves it and stays put, but he's a little older.

Kimberly - posted on 01/18/2012

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Our room isn't far. we have a small bathroom separating the two rooms. she is 20 months old. Last night it took her until midnight and she finally gave it up after 3 hours. too bad she didn't sleep later today.

Kaitlin - posted on 01/18/2012

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how old is she? Do you have a monitor in her room (and yours) since your room is so far away (we do for this same reason)?

Medic - posted on 01/17/2012

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Just put her to bed. If she gets up don't say anything and put her back. If you start babying her and laying with her you will never get out of it.

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