How do I keep my 1 and a half year old in his bed?

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He kept climbing out of his crib so we switched to a toddler bed. Our doc said to put a gate up and baby proof the room but he shares a room with his sister and he climbs into her bed and bothers her.


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User - posted on 10/07/2009




is he climbing in with her for comfort? try getting him a big teddy that he can cuddle so it feels like someones there with son used to get in and out of his bed and it really used to annoy me but aslong as hes quiet he can do what he want, it was the easiest compromise!

Meghan - posted on 10/07/2009




Insted of forming a barrier for your baby, try giving him the option to make the right decision. Children Love to feel in control of their own actions. Especially if he is in the 'do it myself' stage. I was a nanny for years, and I had this challenge with one of the children under my care. I spoke with the parents, and I suggested making it a game. If he were to stay in his Own Bed All Night, the 'Sleep in your own bed Fairy' would come and leave a special something in his shoe, which was placed at the end of his bed. Sort of like the tooth fairy idea. (Nothing extravagant, just like dollar store type thing) Good Luck, I hope my suggestion helps.

Jaime - posted on 10/07/2009




I used to have that prob. with my daughter and I started letting her take one "toy" with her to bed. It woked for me. Try it and hopefully it works for you too!! Good luck.

Jessica - posted on 10/07/2009




have you tried those mesh toppers for cribs? Or if you are willing to put him in your room and when you catch him getting up immediately put him back in his toddler bed until he gives up. It would be as many as 20 times a night with my daughter when we transitioned to toddler bed. But she eventually cached on. Or if you have a baby monitor you can put directly under his bed, so when you hear his movement you can go check on him. Make sure you catch him before he gets too far away from his bed, you want him to understand that he needs to stay in his bed when its nap/bed time. I also would limit your words. Keep it short and to the point, like stay in bed, or time to sleep. Then walk out of the room and close the door. I remember standing by my girls room for like 10 minutes listening for her little feet touching the floor and would walk in right away to correct her. Persistence is key with this. My daughter was in toddler bed when she was 16 months because of climbing...we put a big toy box as a barrier so she wouldn't roll out when she finally fell asleep.

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