will my son ever sleep in his own bed?? hes now 3 and still wont sleep in his own bed... ????

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Mary - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son went to home depot with his aunt and saw the paint section and saw a psoter of a bedroom decorated like the theme from Cars and started asking me for a car room, I told him I would not get him one till he could start sleeping in his room in the bed he already has, he has been sleeping in his room for almost two blissful mths now, he will be four at the end of october I will have to get the bed soon though I told him he could have it for his b-day, Maybe try getting your boy involved with choosing a theme or something he really likes as a incentive to begin the process, Oh yeah and 3 foot tall triceratops also guards my sons closet door to keep the monsters away LOL, good luck it will happen one day it will click and you might act miss him in the bed for a night or two!! lol

Casey - posted on 09/30/2009

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My sister is going through this with her son. Be firm. Don't back down. It will get easier and be better for everyone down the road. :) Good luck!

Keisha - posted on 09/30/2009

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You want to nip it in the bud right now my daughter is 8 years old and has always slept with me up until we got a bigger place and she has her own room. Now I am up almost every night with her trying everything to make her stay in her room. The earlier the better, my new baby is almost 7months and has been sleeping in her own bed since she was 6 weeks and no problems....

Marie - posted on 09/30/2009

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bribe him if all other things don't work, if he stays in his bed all night for a week he'll get a new toy of his choice, what i did with my daughter, i walked her back to her room each time she was up, after a while she stopped coming to my room...

Nicole - posted on 09/30/2009

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Place him in his bed when it's bedtime and then come up with a nightly routine such as sing a special song to him or read him his favorite book. You have to be the one to enforce that his bed is his bed and your bed is your bed. Some little things that helped my daughter grow out of it were going to the store and letting her pick out her very own night light and stuffed animal to sleep with. To this day she sleeps with the stuffy and her baby blanket and she is 6 years old but it gives her comfort.

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Aoife - posted on 10/04/2009

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hey just wondering how ur getting on with the bedtime routine?just remember not every nite wil go smoothly.some nites my little girl stil kicks up but recently i reinstalled her lullaby from when she was a baby so now b4 i leave the room i turn it on and the soft music with the fish and stars projected onto the ceiling help her nod off too.thing is she never liked the lullaby when she was a baby!!!haha

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Ry-Ann,

Any time they wake up during the night and get in your bed, you just take them back to their bed. I myself am not good about always doing this, but usually he stays in his bed the rest of the night once I take him back.

Sarah - posted on 10/01/2009

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thanx for all your ideas... ive tried the sticker chart and hes not bothered by it i have bribed him i have done his room out all disney cars and its lovely but he will play in there just no sleep in there... im going to start from the weekend and hopefully i will get there ventually... i tyhink i hav let it go for sooo long as i have a 19 month old little girl too and she sleeps in her own room and when mckenzie goes upstairs he will scream n shout n kick doors e.t.c. and it upsets her routine... so i feel like i cant win but im adimant i will do this... xxx

Ry-Ann - posted on 09/30/2009

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I NEED HELP TOO!! My daughter use to sleep in her own bed all night now for the past about 4 or 5 months she will end up in my bed around 11 or 12. I think there was one or two nights in there where she didnt show up in my bed! Why wont she stay in her room?!?! AHHH I just dont get it, she has like 2 or 3 night lights, and still nothing works :(

Dezra - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son is 6 and he still sleeps with us... If you figure how to do it please let me know!!! Good Luck

Brittany - posted on 09/30/2009

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I would put a toddler bed right up next to yours and have him sleep there...the next night, move it a foot away. Slowly move it towards his room, one night at a time if that is practical in your house. Otherwise sitting near and slowly moving your chair a bit farther works well too!

Ashley - posted on 09/30/2009

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ya this is a hard one. my daughter is 5 and still will crawl into my bed half way through the night! it took forever to get her to sleep in her room by herself, finally mastered that. I keep a bathroom light on and a nightlight. we have a schedule we read books, say prayers, rub backs but only stay in there for 5 min or so to rub backs, maybe start off with 10 then work your way down to 5. i use to lay down in bed with her until she feel asleep, needless to say i'd fall asleep! it's hard but if you get in the habit and keep to the schedule it'll get easier i promise!

Kristen - posted on 09/30/2009

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It took me 3 weeks of sitting outside my 4 year old son's bedroom door before he was comfortable enough to go to bed on his own. It was a long 3 weeks, but well worth it. Its been 6 years, and he hasn't had an issue with bedtime since.



I started out sitting next to his bed until he fell asleep. Then I moved further away each night. By the 3rd week I was at the top of the stairway and out of his sight. Good luck to you!

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The older they get, the harder it can be to get them to sleep in their bed. Some nights I still deal with it with my three year old. The other mom is right though and the more you follow through, the easier it will become.

Aoife - posted on 09/30/2009

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I recently put my little girl in her own bed.she's 2 n a half.i read her a story n tucked her in said good nite n left the room.it took 40 mins of puttin her bak n her crying loudly but i didnt talk to her n she eventually went to sleep

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