My 21 month old won't sleep in her bed...

Lindsey - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )




Yes, I know it's my fault...I just loved cuddling with her when she was little and now she's big and doesn't understand why she can't sleep with Mommy and Daddy anymore.

Finally, last night we said okay, this is it. We let her watch cartoons for about an hour, turned off the TV, went to brush her teeth, let her pick out two books to read, went to her room and as a family we sat down and read both books. Then we kissed her goodnight and put her in her crib. As expected, she cried and screamed. We left her alone, hoping she would settle herself down and go to sleep....BUT about half an hour of EXCRUTIATING crying and screaming later (I had to walk outside because it was 'Mommy!' she kept screaming) Reagan came running into our room wet with tears and sweat. I was shocked. I picked her up and we sat in the rocking chair. I asked her, 'when you got out of your bed, did you climb or fall?' She said 'climb.'

I was so shocked and bewildered that she managed to do that, that she won and ended up in our bed again last night...Now what??? Please help!


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Bobbie - posted on 06/18/2009




My son just turned 2 on May 1st, and about a week ago he refuses to go to sleep in his bed. I don't know what started it but it is sure aggravating. Expecially if I planned on having any company if you know what I mean!

Samantha - posted on 06/18/2009




If she is climbing out of the crib, it sounds like she is ready for a big girl bed. This is something that can be hard to do. With my oldest daughter, we would let her fall asleep watching tv with us and then move her to her bed. Slowly we started letting her watch tv in her room by herself and then would go in and check on her every now and then. She is now 3 1/2 and sleeps in her own bed. We allow her to watch a movive as she goes to sleep, but once we turn it off she is fine to go to sleep. She is also old enough now to understand that if she doesn't get a movie, she still needs to go to sleep. I know letting her fall asleep with a movie isn't the best idea, but it worked for us when she was 21 months, and now we have the option of turning a movie on or not. Hope this or something else works for you. Good luck!

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