How do you get your Toddler to sleep in there own bed?

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Kristen - posted on 09/01/2009

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Here is what I did with my son. I would put him in his bed, read him a story, and pretty much just stay sitting on his bed until he fell asleep. Make sure you don't talk to the child, and that you make sure they understand it is bedtime, not playtime. I did that for a week, then I would sit in a chair next to his bed. Then slowly moved the chair further and further away until I was sitting in his doorway. Each step took about a week. This process helps them to get comfortable sleeping in their own bed knowing that you are still there to comfort them. The biggest reason kids want to sleep with their parents is because they are scared. This process takes a lot of patience!

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Tasha - posted on 09/01/2009

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well i think that the best thing to do is to just keep putting them back in their bed, i know its probably slow process, it took alot of patience because at times i didnt want to get out of bed to put them back in their own (this is what i had to do with my stepdaughter). as for my boys as soon as they were able to walk (which was around 9 months) i put them in their own bed and just left my bdrm door and their door open with a nite light incase they tried to find their way to our room (which was right next to theirs). anyways, as long as your consistant she should get used to the routine and it will get alot easier...hope that helps

Nikki - posted on 09/01/2009

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my doctor told me to put a few blankets on the floor in your room..with a pillow...then move her farther away...like to the foot of your bed....then right outside your door...and eventually to her bed...thats what we did and it worked! she is slowly adjusting to being further away from you...it worked for me...give it a shot!

Dawn - posted on 09/01/2009

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My daughter had slept with us until she was almost two, but when I was pregnant for her sister we knew it would not be possible to have two in bed and be able to sleep. My daughter loved books and she would sit and look at books for hours, so we told her she could pick out a few books to take to bed with her and the only catch was she had to stay in bed with them and she could read till she fell asleep and as time went on she read for shorter and shorter lengths of time. So maybe try something that the child really likes and only allow them to have it while laying in their own bed at night. It only took us about a month and she was going to bed all on her own and stayed in bed all night!

Desiree - posted on 09/01/2009

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i still have problems once in a great while with my son getting him to sleep in his own room in his own bed...but i found the best way to get him to do it is everytime he came out of his room i would pick him up put him back into bed get him comfortable give him a kiss and tell him time for bed...EVERYTIME he gets up i have to do this but now he only gets out of bed when it storms outside. it took a long time and lots and lots of patients but there is no fast way to get it done...just rembeber DONT GIVE IN!!! no matter what you have to stay strong and dont let him/her sleep with you or in your room...keep putting them in THEIR bed

Shari - posted on 09/01/2009

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I had to lay on her floor until she was asleep.. Actually i still do but we have only been working on it a few weeks

Christy - posted on 09/01/2009

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my daughter is 3 1/2 n im a single mom so yes i have slept with her but now shes afraid to sleep in her room because of monsters and says she sees ghosts... she has to have me right there holding her or hold her hand while she falls asleep...

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2009

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Persistence on your part and being constant! Give it a week of letting him know that you will not let him sleep in your bed and your toddler should get the hint. Always take him/her back to the bed and say this is your bed...or something like that. Make a routine that is fun and that you can stick to. That helps A LOT! Good luck!

Takiyah - posted on 09/01/2009

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well i just kick them out of my bed. dont back down. if you feel bad the first 2 nights get in their bed with them. after that let them know that that is their bed. if they get up and try to get in your bed put them back. you are the parent what you say goes. if they cry ignore they will fall asleep sooner or later.

Arlene - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son slept in our bed for 2 1/2 years, and we for a year we had tried unsuccessfully to get hi min his own bed. Finally, two weeks ago we just told him that all his friends slept in their own beds, that he was a big boy now and that he should try sleeping in his own bed. We are taking small steps, we set his bed up in our room still, but for two weeks he has slept in his own and put himslef to sleep and sleeps through the night. After awhile we are going to move to another bedroom and leave him in this one where he is comfortable. I find that talking to him before hand and preparing him for what is going to happen helps ease the anxiety associated with big changes.

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Jaimie - posted on 09/01/2009

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i had to constantly put them back in their beds. But it helps if they have something to cuddle up with. As long as my younger ones. ages 2 and 3 have a stuffed animal to "put" to sleep they would lay down with them and hold them. I also had to put my daugthers bed next to mine-it helped her knowing i was close and she would stay in her bed. I hope these helped good luck

Delynn - posted on 09/01/2009

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Well my process was slow and took alot of patients but i just put my daughter in her bed after a nice warm bath, read her a story and then told her its time for nite nite put the lamp on and let her work it out after that. She/ He will go to sleep. After a whie she got the routine down and I have no problems. Let ur baby play in there room for a little while so they are comfortable in there and u play with them in there somtimes too. It really helps.

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