2yrs old, just out of cot but wont sleep in her toddler bed, help!!!!!

Sallie - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my 2 yr old daughter is 2 big 4 her cot, she has a toddler bed but wont stay in it, what can i do 2 make her sleep in it? please help!!!!

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Jamie - posted on 04/25/2010

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What I do is I put her bed in my room and sit with her till she falls asleep. Usually she wants to hold my hand untill shes asleep n if i let go before shes completly out then she cries.

Louise - posted on 04/21/2010

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I made sure that I let my daughter play in her new bed during the day. I filled it up with some of her toys so that she did not feel lost in what for her seemed like a huge open space compared to her cot. It took a few days but I have done it with all three of mine now and I have no problems with any of them going to bed at night, and that includes my two year old.

Laura - posted on 04/06/2010

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my son is 2 as well and we had to take down his crib at around 18 months because he was consistantly climbing/falling out of it. We set up the toddler bed but he is, to this day, more interested in sleeping in front of the door. (he also learned how to open doors around 18 months) so we had a very hard time keeping him in his room all night, he'd wake up and wander around the house. we ended up re-handing the door so it opened outward ( so his sister could still get in to bed when he was asleep at the door without hitting him with the door) and also it put the lock on the outside so we could lock him in at night We haven't had any difficulties since. We leave an old credit card in the door where his sister can reach it (she's 5) but he cant, so she can let herself out to go potty, and all our problems are solved lol. (as long as he doesnt get ahold of the card cause he also knows how to use it to open the door ).

Anita - posted on 03/22/2010

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Does she like the bed? For my daughter when she went through this, I went to the shop and had her pick her own bedding and made the bed a little sanctuary for her, (she was in the dora stage - so it was dora duvet cover, dora fleece and dora cushion) she still uses all the comfort items to this day (almost 5 years old)
I found a night light/bedside light helped, also when she climbed out of bed, I would only say 'bedtime' and walk her back to bed, firm but loving, tuck her in and say 'goodnight'. This process is repeated until they are simply too tired to keep fighting and they fall asleep (okay, so you are tired too, but it should only last a week at the most if you are consistent!)

Hope this helps x

Michelle - posted on 03/18/2010

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hi i had the same problem with my duaghter but she wouldnt cry she just got out of bed and started to play with toys.. i had to perservere i stood at her door and everythime she got out of bed i went str8 in said no sleeptime picked her up and put her to bed this went on for a while until she fell asleep. it took a few nights but on the 4th night she didnt bother getting out of bed cos she knew it was pointless. she then understood that when she was put to bed she was to stay there. my daughter is 2 years and 2 months and been in her bed for 6 months now. the important thing is not to talk to her or give her cuddles after the 1st time you put her back into bed. good luck :)

Evelyn - posted on 03/16/2010

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What I do with my daughter is I give her a routine for bedtime, and then when shes all tucked in and ready for bed I say goodnight and close the door but leave a night light on. Because shes too young to open the door by herself, she lays in her bed and cries herself to sleep. And just do it consistently every day even during nap. After Its done enough she'll know that's where she has to go to bed, and she doesn't put up a fight anymore. Just make sure you dont go in AT ALL until shes fully knocked out, otherwise you will cause more problems with bedtime.

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