Having trouble getting my daughter to sleep in her bed

Tiffany - posted on 08/29/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Okay - so before my daughter went to visit with her father a little while ago, my daughter ALWAYS slept in her own room, in her own bed, with no lights on. She'd even yell at me to turn the lights off...

Well, after she got back from visiting with him she is now afraid of the dark and wont sleep in her room, she will only fall asleep in my bed... And while it was okay the first few nights she was home, because I missed her, its getting old... She's 3 years old and takes up my entire queen sized bed. (No she isnt a giant LoL she kicks and stretches all night). I dont want to have one of those kids that sleeps with her mommy until she's 10 years old. That just isnt happening. I tried the ol' putting her in her bed and waiting it out, but that child can out last me when it comes to standing there crying all night...



Any ideas?

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Tiffany - posted on 08/29/2009

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Oh I will :) I know it will be a pain in the booty to get her situated in her own bed, I have a feeling a few long nights of crying herself out, I'll just have to stand firm...

Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2009

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My daughter is 3 also. She will not sleep in her own bed. She is little, but i know how hard it is to sleep with a child in your bed!! she is all over the place. I don't have any advice for you, just thought it might help knowing you're not alone! If you find something that works please let me know.

Tiffany - posted on 08/29/2009

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I did get her a nightlight. I dont think he did anything to her at all... but he is an enabler. His older daughter is afraid of everything, she's 9 and HAS to have a night light. Also, when my daughter left she would eat ANYTHING and loved it... But after her visit there, she wont hardly eat ANY veggies... She used to love carrots and stuff, now she wont touch them. And thats because her father doesnt eat them. He wont eat any veggies (and the amount of weight he and his new wife have gained makes it obvious that he's been making dinner - when I let him cook for the family once we ate a meal made entirely out of starch... he made, pasta, mashed potatoes, and rice, literally.)



Since we are in the middle of a custody battle and have a guardian appointed by the court and I have given her all of the information that Ive compiled over the last 3 years.

Mackenzie - posted on 08/29/2009

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If it occured right after a visit with her father you might want to think about sitting down and talking to her about what happened at daddys. I am not saying he did anything, but maybe the strange house and new bed worried her especially if she had not been over there in awhile. Depending on how she answers you you may need to either call social services or simply help her set up her room the way she wants it. I know when my two year old went though that stage we spent a day rearranging her room and sorting though her toys and getting her a nightlight (her choice) and she has slept in her room since. I wish you the best of luck and maybe let her fall asleep in your bed then move her to her room? It will work out...

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