Who is still in a crib?

Rachel - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Bed time has been a battle for us lately! We still rock Kaiden to sleep, have been since day one, and he just doesn't respond to it the same any more. CIO doesn't work with him either, he just jumps up and down in his bed or continuously climbs out until I threaten him a couple million times before he gets the point which is sometimes up to 2 hours later. He comes into our room every night around 4am to sleep next to me and that seems to be the only place he wants to sleep period anymore. So I was thinking about introducing the toddler bed to him, laying in it with him at night until he falls asleep and after a while ween him off of me doing that too. I'm just so nervous because I think he sleep walks. He doesn't sleep well no matter where he is, he rolls around, sits up in his sleep, and will end up sometimes on the floor on the other side of our room when I wake up. What have you ladies been doing? What do you suggest I do with my little monster?

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Lea - posted on 02/09/2010

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He needs to learn how to self-soothe. Put a gate on the door so he can't come out. My 2-year-old son is still in a crib because it isn't necessary to do the toddler bed until he can climb out. My nighttime routine: dinner, bath, books, bed. He lays down without a sound and goes to sleep and doesn't make another sound for the next 12 hours.

Sara - posted on 02/03/2010

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My daughter sleep walks I've stopped her from getting out of her room by gating her room off to the hallway..(I've found her in some weird places) She is two years old and had to get used to the toddler bed but really loved the idea of being a big girl. I would try to put a mattress on the floor first and let him get used to sleeping without the crib then introduce the big boy toddler bed, and gate his room if you think he sleep walks we don't want any kiddos hurt right LOL

Stephanie - posted on 02/01/2010

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I kinda have the same things going on. My son who just turned two has a beautiful crib that turns into a toddler bed and has only slept in it about 5 hours of his life. When he was first born I breast fed so I just had him lay in bed with me so I could sleep too but unfortunately now the only way he falls asleep is if Mommy is right there beside him. He currently will sleep all through the night on the futon but nine out of ten times I have to lay there with him. He is slowly getting the idea of going to bed by himself. I saw once on super nanny that if you lay them in their bed and tell them it's bed time do the hugs and kisses thing then leave the room. When they get up put them back in bed and say goodnight. When they get up again and every time after that you silently lay them back in bed. Now I haven't had a night to where I have been able to try this because this means I don't get much needed sleep but I have heard that it does work, it's just hard on the mom's more than the child most the time! Good luck!!

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Our son has been in his toddler bed for over four months now and he loves it, he hated his crib and would cry himself to sleep every night, when we initially moved him into his big boy room, he would cry at the door too but when he was done, he would climb back into bed, he did fall out during his sleep a couple of times but that was solved by putting pillows on the floor. It was just a matter of being consistent, he never cried for more then a few mins and when we thought he would be a sleep we would peek in and make sure he wasn't asleep on floor or something. It actually took a couple of months to perfect the routine (two steps forward, one step back). but now after bathtime and a tv show, he goes up stairs, we brush his teeth, he selects his book and climbs into bed reminds mommy to turn on the nightlight, and after story time its a quick cuddle and kiss, very stress-free!

Jessica - posted on 01/31/2010

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we are still in the crib but mostly because she's only climbed out once and it either hurt her or scared her (not sure because all i know is she was crying). That was just about a month ago. Since then, she hasn't tried it again. If your little one is already climbing out of the crib by himself consistently then the toddler bed isn't going to be much of a difference, but it will be better since he will have less of a chance of hurting himself by falling off the side of the crib. Try the change, it might do wonders for you. :)

Laura - posted on 01/29/2010

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We are waiting a bit. We may be moving in the next couple of months. So if we do we will give him some time to adjust to the new place and then start introducing the toddler bed slowly. There's no rush.

Lea - posted on 01/21/2010

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This month's issue of Parents says that even 3 year olds can sleep in a crib if they want to. Its a comfort thing. If they can climb out, move them to a toddler bed.

Sara - posted on 01/21/2010

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my daughter who is just 2 is still in her cotbed with the sides up - we have just bought bunkbed as the two children are in the same room - shae is four so he will be on the top and the bottom of the bunk beds is a doubles so caoimhe has more room as she is a fidget plus if i need to give her a cuddle to go to sleep there is room. shae went into a bed really easy and just laid down after a week of having to keep putting him back . we took away hes bottle as well and he thought he was a big boy like hes cousins so it was good with him but caoimhe is so different to shae she is constantly on the go whereas shae is more laid back so i think we will have lots of problems with her.

Lindsay - posted on 01/20/2010

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We switched our daughter to a twin bed a few months ago (since we would be needing the crib for our new baby), and for the first few nights I would lay her down, kiss her and leave the room. She got up multiple muiltpile times and I would keep putting her back in bed, kissing her and leaving.

On night number 4, my husband wanted to try. He put her in bed, said good night, kissed her then put a gate in her doorway and came downstairs. A few minutes later she was at the gate calling "mommy, daddy". He ignored it and in a minute or two she was quiet. 5 minutes later he went to check on her and she was back in bed covered up. Ever since then, that's our routine. Most nights she doesn't get out of bed at all, but if she does, she always climbs back in and goes to sleep. We keep the gate at her door all night so she can't wander around the house while we sleep.

User - posted on 01/20/2010

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We switched James to a toddler bed a while back when he refused his crib. He did good for a few nights and then it turned into "mommy I want to cuddle" everynight. So now his bed is in our room so we have compromised. He sleeps in his bed in our room. Soon we are going to put it back in his room. With the crib to toddler bed switch we re-did his room to a 'big boy' room so he would like it more.

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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With my two older children this is what worked with them, every evening we had a bath at 6:30 after dinner, brushed our teeth, read a story and turned on the night light, said a prayer and they laid down. The first time they got up, we would tell them "Okay it's time for bed, you need to lay down", give them a kiss and put them back in thier beds. The second time we would just give them a kiss and put them back in bed, anytime there after we would just pick them up, say NOTHING, and no kisses and place them back in thier beds. It took a bit of work but they eventually (about a week later) got it, and yes there were tears, and a tantrum or two. But consistency was key, we are now doing this with our (now healthy) 4 year old, and plan on working on a similar plan for our 2 year old (he's autistic and we're having alot of trouble with him). Hope it works out!!

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