Toddler bed

Amber - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned two a couple of weeks ago (Already)!!! She got a toddler bed for her birthday. The first day she napped in it fine and went to bed in it just fine. Now she will not stay in it for anything!!!!! It litterally has come down to me (she wont let her dad) Lying down on the floor next to her until she falls asleep!! I cannot just gate the room because with live with family so she sleeps in our room, and there is way too much that she can get into. Does anybody have any ideas????

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Lea - posted on 02/09/2010

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I read that a toddler bed is not necessary unless she can climb out of the crib.

Sara - posted on 02/02/2010

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That's a tough one. I know every family is different, so it's going to be hard to use most people's ideas, especially if you live with other family. Here's what worked/works for us and we are very comfortable with it:



-Our son has always napped well in it. However, sometimes he does get out of his bed during his nap and gets down and plays in his room. It's babyproofed, so we let him. We don't let him out until his "nap time" is up (or usually an hour) if he chooses not to take a nap. However, he almost always takes one, so luckily we haven't had to struggle with this.



-For bedtime, he didn't want to sleep in his bed very much at first. We alternated lying down until he went to sleep. When he woke up at midnight, we just let him come into our bed. Ever so slowly, he started making it in his bed longer and longer and now he goes right to bed by himself and doesn't get up until he wakes up in the morning. Occasionally, he will wake up in the middle of the night to come into our bed, and we always let him. We have no battles with him, luckily, I think mainly b/c we are so laid back at letting him choose what he wants to do, while gentle persuading him to do what we want him to:)



I would say just keep trying to figure out what works best for your family. Don't worry about doing the "right" thing, just do what works best for your family and what makes you all happy.

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