Two year old won't sleep in bed?!

Ashley - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son just recentley turned 2. His sister whom is nearly one does just fine in her own bed. I intially get him in his own bed at night but he always ends up waking and coming into bed with us! He know's how to open his door and once in bed with us he is tossing and turning all night. Our bed isn't big enough so I am always being pulled out of bed by him in the morning with a very sore back. Anyone know what to do? Please Help!!

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Annie - posted on 08/25/2009

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I saw it on super nanny that as soon as he tries to come in bed with you, pick him up and put him back in his bed just like you would if you were tucking him in for the night regularly. Tell him in a firm but loving and comforting voice that it's bedtime and he has to sleep in his own bed, then go out and close the door like you normally would. You might end up having to do it several times for a week or two until he gets the idea, but the most important thing is to stay firm and never give in and let him sleep with you in that time. Kids understand consistency. If you waver and give him the idea that you'll give in to him if he persists, then he won't quit.

To solve the door-opening thing, there are always those little plastic covers that go around the door knobs. We had to put one of those on our son's door because our daughter would wake up and go in brother's room and wake him up. Don't put them on the inside of his door, though, just the outside of your door. This way when he potty trains he can still get out to get to the bathroom. You definitely don't want to discourage that! :-) Good luck!

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Jessica - posted on 08/25/2009

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thats hard to get them to stay in there own bed .. i have always put my son in his own bed . but my brother on the other hand there little boy has slept with them since he came home from the hospital as a new born..

Annie - posted on 08/25/2009

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I feel ya there... sometimes being a wife and mother of 2 is more like being a single mother of 3! lol I guess you'll have to use the consistency rule on Dad too! :-)

Ashley - posted on 08/25/2009

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Those plastic covers, good idea, I have some of them in the house already but didn't think about putting it on the outside of my door. I am going to keep working at it with him. I try to be a very consistent mother but his father isn't so consistent :P So maybe I need to work on him too, lol :)

Ashley - posted on 08/25/2009

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I know that he will have to cry and I can deal with that but the problem with that is that my daughter whom will be 1 in 2 wks is sleeping by that time. If I let him scream than he wakes her, then they are both up!

Maggie - posted on 08/25/2009

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My son wakes in the night sometimes and usually he just walks about the house but every once in a while he tries to climb into our bed. I just tell him no and walk him back to bed. He doesn't get upset, he knows that he needs to be in bed. He might just be partially sleep walking. Anyways, back to your question... The only way to get him to sleep in his own bed is to not let him up into your bed anymore. That's it. It'll be hard I'm sure there will be lots of crying, but making sure he gets a nap in the afternoon may help. I have found they sleep better if they aren't over-tired.

Ashley - posted on 08/25/2009

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I have no suggestions.... my son is 22 months and only started sleeping through the night 2 months ago, and that is only because he is now co-sleeping with his Daddy on the futon lol.

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