11 months old and isnt sleeping in his own bed. how do i get him to sleep in his own bed..HELP!!!!

Jaimie - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my son has slept with mommy and daddy since he was born and i think its time for him to sleep in his own bed, it was hard at first cause we travel for our job, and the only thing we had for him as a bed was a pack-n-play. he has a crib but it gets to no use...He will sleep in it for a couple hours and when he gets to moving around he wakes ups screaming and wont go back to sleep unless we hold him.my boyfriend seems to think that he wont stay in there.. how do i get him to stay more than a couple hours at a time...

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Erin - posted on 03/22/2010

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When Ii moved my daughter from her crib to her toddler bed is when I had the issue of her not staying in bed. So I decorated her bed with christmas lights and told her that they were fairy lights and hung up a canopy....basically made her room way cooler then ours. If he has a favorite movie or what not the two of you can decorate his room and bed together maybe it will motivate him to want to stay in his own room.

Deanna - posted on 03/22/2010

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Among the replies I have read to your question, there may be only one solution and that is to put him to bed in his room and if he climbs out of his crib then put him back. It will be the hardest the hardest thing for you to do. But it will eventually be worth the heartache. Set up a routine though as much as you can. Like nursing him for a half an hour and then put him to bed at like 8 or 8:30. Eventually he will get used to a new routine. As i said the hardest part will be he will cry himself to sleep or he could adapt to it very easily. Sometimes rubbing his back or belly helps. Hope this helps.

Tracy - posted on 03/22/2010

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You could try putting his crib mattress on the floor in your bedroom and eventually move it to his own room. Those crib bars can be confining when they get that big. Plus they can usually climb out of it by age one. You can make a big deal about how he's such a big boy, and he needs to have a big boy bed instead of sleeping with mom and dad like he did when he was a baby. Let him pick out a toddler bed once you see that he can sleep well on his crib mattress in his own room.

BUFFY - posted on 03/22/2010

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GOOD LUCK MY DAUGHTER STILL DON`T STAY IN HER BED AND USUALLY DOESN`T SLEEP THROUGH THE LIGHT AND SHE`S ALMOST 3

Monica - posted on 03/21/2010

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hey so i did the same thing.

my son slept w/us, then at a year (as soon as he could walk) right into the toddler bed.

only thing was, i had to lay down with him in there til he fell asleep. i was still breastfeeding also, so when he woke up in the mid of the nite, i had to go in and feed him. He woke up until he was about 18 months!! sometimes i would have to hold him, or just rub his back.

i'm sure it's pretty normal since your son is used to sleeping with you guys. I think you should take it gradual, let him get used to it so that he's comfortable. You don't have to let him cry, he's getting bigger and he will understand. Maybe stay less and less time in there w/him before bed, read to him, or sing or whatever then explain that he's a big boy and he has his own room!! Maybe get him a new toy or something to sleep with. there are projector thingies that light up the wall or ceiling and will help soothe him to bed?? my daughter loves hers!! good luck and be patient because it's worth it as long as he's happy!!! :) :)

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