How to get my kids into there own bed.

Kristi - posted on 07/16/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Ok, so I know alot of people don't agree with this , but I've always let my kids sleep with me and my husband. My oldest is 3 1/2 and my baby is 18 months. My baby Keith sleeps in his bed, but it's in our room. Kaden, my oldest, sleeps with us still. I want to try to get him in his bedroom, but don't know how to cut the string. He isn't a mamas boy untill its bedtime. He literally can't go to sleep unless I'm laying next to him. I need some advice.

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Alison - posted on 07/16/2009

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im in the same boat with my daughter (11 month old). we have let her co sleep with us for the past 11 months. now we want our bed back but she can't sleep without me snuggling with her. ive been letting her fall asleep with me in bed then putting her in her own bed once she is asleep. i have to get up with her around 2 am for a bottle but it does give me a few hours of peace

Michelle - posted on 07/16/2009

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you just gotta let them cry scream and throw their tantrums and don't give in....it will get worse before it gets better and if you give in at all even the littlest bit then it will be twice as hard to get him in his own bed. the longer you do it the easier it will get

Erin - posted on 07/16/2009

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I'm certainly no expert, but give this a go. Put him in his own bed and stay in the room with him until he falls asleep. The key ( and the hard part ) is to ignore him when he tries to engage you either by talking or crawling in your lap. Just put him straight back in his bed but don't talk to him. You'll need to stay there a while until he falls asleep. It's a bit of tough love that will break your heart, but it should work in the end. Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 07/16/2009

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This may sound really old fashion and cruel but just put them in there and wait for the tears... Its the worst habit to break because of the comfort. Start off easy by laying in bed with him until he falls asleep. If he takes naps, naps in his own bed... take it slow. Try even giving him a t-shirt you or your husband wore so he has the scent. The scent alone can calm the nerves and give the "illusion" you are in the bed with him! Good luck!

Arwen - posted on 07/16/2009

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My mother-in-law said my husband was like that. What she did took maybe a couple of weeks. Bring your son's mattress into your room, and put it right next to your side of the bed. Every night after that, move the mattress a little further away from you--out the room, across the living room, down the hall--until he's in his own room.

It helped my parents to have us go to sleep when it was still slightly light out, or the lights were on outside our rooms with our parents in sight, and we'd eventually fall asleep.



I wish I could speak from personal experience, but when we tried to co-sleep, my husband and I would snore so much that we'd keep HER up. Our daughter started sleeping through the night when I moved her into her own room. LOL

Tegan - posted on 07/16/2009

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I let me two (one is 3 yrs, the other is 22months) sleep in the bed with me. They still do sometimes (i think its nice), but i got them into their own bed by letting them sleep together in a double bed. Id lie down with them till they were asleep then move out, and because they were in bed together theyd comfort each other when waking through the night. I dont know if its any help but it is how i broke the habit without any tears and screaming.

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