18th month old in first toddler bed

Alexis - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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We just bought our 18 month old son his first toddler bed. We cannot get him to sleep in his bed unless we sit next to his bed until he is completely out. Then he continues to wake up throughout the night until we finally give in and let him crawl into bed with us. Prior to the toddler bed, he always slept in his crib all night long. We never had a problem with sleep before. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to keep him asleep in his own bed?

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Joanne - posted on 08/07/2009

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hi there we had that problem with our first born we too had to lie with him until he was out cold. this time with our little girl we said no way not doing it this time the whole night was gone lying with them until they fell asleep. she is also 18 mths now we read her a short story and leave her she does come in and out and few times but eventually settles herself. no matter how tied you might be in the middle of the night when he comes to your room dont talk to him just pick him up and bring him back to his own bed they do learn honestly we have been there.

Nicole - posted on 08/06/2009

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My 1st son was 18 months old when we put him into a twin size bed and my 2nd son just turned 18 months old and is on his 3rd night (1st time falling out last night) in a toddler bed. We started with letting our 1st son fall asleep in his crib and then moving him so he could wake up in the bed- then we would praise him (Yeah!! You slept in your big boy bed! Good job.) With the 2nd it has been easier because he wants to be like his big brother. We just laid him in the bed and told him to go to sleep and ta-da it worked. He will cry a little every now and then through out the night, but we just go in tell him it is ok and cover him up and he will go right back to sleep. Just keep trying and praise him for even the smallest amounts of time in his bed..or even try it during nap time when it isn't so dark. hope this helps some!

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Was he crawling out of his crib or something? I have three children and didn't put my girls in toddler beds until their second birthdays. I'm thinking maybe he is just a bit too young. I can't imagine my little guy sleeping in one yet! If you did it for safety reasons I can understand though. Best of luck with this big boy transition!!

Nicole - posted on 08/04/2009

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My 18 month old has actually been sleeping in a toddler bed for a couple of months now! At about 16 months he climbed out of the crib so we decided it was time for a big boy bed. We just kept putting him back in bed when he would climb out and then once he was asleep, usually when we went to bed, we would shut his door so he can't escape in the middle of the night. It didn't take long for him to stay in the bed and go to sleep.

Michele - posted on 08/03/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. Unfortunately, I let it go and she ended up sleeping with me for a LONG time (she is almost 12). I held off on the toddler bed for my 3 year old. He started when he was 2 and has been doing pretty good with it. My 18 month old just learned how to get out of his crib and we were contemplating a toddler bed for him. I am hoping we won't have issues like that!

Alexis - posted on 08/03/2009

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Good news!! It took a few nights, but he now goes to sleep on his own and stays in bed all night, waking around 8am every morning. For those of you worried about the same, just stay consistent. The age isn't the deciding factor, your individual child is.

Tisha - posted on 08/02/2009

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I have an 18 month old and I will definitely not even think about getting a toddler or big boy bed until he has tried to climb out of the crib. My oldest was 2 1/2 before he got a bigger bed. I am leaving my little one in the crib as long as I can. He's way too young for a toddler bed.

Lindsey - posted on 08/02/2009

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This is my biggest fear with my 18month old hence why she is still in her cot.

We put our son into a toddler bed at 18mths he was great never got out and if he did wake up he'd shout from the bed, but I can already tell my little girl will be constantly up and out the bed, even though she goes to bed fine now and sleeps through. We are moving house soon so bed and new house are going together lol

My friends little girl constantly use to get out of her bed - she put stair gate on the bedroom door, and just continued to put her back in the bed whatever the time of night. She just left the gap between going in longer and longer. I will be doing the same if my little one gets out - I don't do the putting them in bed with us (I made the mistake with my 1st when he was a little baby took me till he was about 13mths to get him out the habit). I know it means your tired and if you have to work the next day its a nightmare but they get the hang of it after a few days.

Cara - posted on 08/01/2009

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We put put our son into a twin size bed at 18 months. The first few nights I stayed with him until he was asleep, then I gradually left when he was more and more awake. We have a set bedtime ritual..pj's, teeth, story, songs and then we leave. If he does get out of bed we go back in and put him right back and say good night. Then eventually we don't say anything and just put him into bed. He will learn that you mean business. I've had a few fights but I don't give in! He now goes to sleep without any issues!! Just stick to your guns and be patient!!

Corry - posted on 07/31/2009

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Personally I think 18 months is too young for a toddler bed! When my son turned 2 I took the sliding rail off the side of his crib (to get him used to it not being there) and I put padding on the floor just in case he rolled over and fell out. A few months later I disassembled the crib completely and put his mattress on the floor for him to sleep on. His Christmas present that year was a twin size mattress and comforter & sheet set.

He's now 4 and we've never had a problem with him not sleeping at night!

My little girl is 18 months (Jan. 7/08) and when she turns 2, we're going to do the same with her that we did with my son!

It's just like weaning baby off the breast, or bottle, or soother, you have to do it slowly!

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