How to keep a 3 yr old to stay in his bed?

Jessica - posted on 07/01/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Ugh, I dread nap time and bed times. He has his own bed and has been in his own bed since he was born, but I am having a hard time keeping him in bed when it comes to that time. He always gets up and tests me. I seriously can't take it anymore. Oh yes, I am consistent. But how long will this go on for before he realizes I'm not playing with him? Grrr it gets on my nerves.. someone please help. At the end I end up tapping his hand and taking his blanket and pillow away...Some of you may think that is wrong, but it's the only thing I can think of that makes him stay there. and half the time that doesn't even work.

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Chet - posted on 07/01/2014

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Have you tried staying with him until he falls asleep? When our second daughter was that age I would read with a small night light until she fell asleep. She was four and a half or five before she could settle herself at bedtime.

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