I need tips on getting a 2yr old to stay in his bed at bed time ?

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Kristin - posted on 03/02/2010

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The crying is hard. My first slept with us until he was about three. Then he moved into hs own bed and would make it most of most nights. Now he is only allowed in early mornings (6am) if I want him to try to get a little more sleep. This child would scream like nothing I've ever encountered when we tried to ge him out before. I/we tried several times to move ours. What ultimtely mattered was everyone getting good sleep. Really all you can do it what's best for you as a family. If you don't mind him staying with you, don't move him yet. If you need him out, find a way to make it fun for him. There will still be some tears, but that's bcause he's always had you to soothe him to sleep and now that is gone. A while ago a friend suggested to me that I give mine a pj top that I was tossing in the laundry to sleep with. He had the mommy smell to snuggle with and I had him in his bed. It helped a bit in the beginning and then his bed had been slept in enough by then that it wasn't so strange to him. He also had moved on to another toy or blanket, so I got my pj's back.

You can ease him over or take a hard line approach. As long as he still gets lots of "I love you's" and hugs, this won't do anything to him in the future. Do some research on putting kids to bed and go with what you feel is right for you and your son.

Kate - posted on 03/02/2010

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l got my 2 year old to go to bed easily by dressing him for bed, brushing his teeth, reading 2 books of his choice. Then the part that l think made it easier was l then took a bath. He knew l was taking a bath. By the time l got done about 45 minutes later, he was asleep. l think alot of the time, they are afraid they will miss something. They want to know what's going on, what you are doing. By taking a bath every night, he knew what l was doing. And he knew if he got up, the tv was off, the lights were out, there was nothing for him to do. l think letting him know what l was doing, made all the difference.

Tara - posted on 03/02/2010

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thanx heaps it's not easy at all....

i am trying to stay paticent but it's hard...

i should not say this but i had him in bed with me from birth,and i no that's wht this is not easy......

i thank u once again..cheers

Kristin - posted on 03/01/2010

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Keep putting him back to bed but don't talk to him. Also, make sure you have a good bedtime routine in place. It just takes time.

Nikki - posted on 03/01/2010

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I did the Rapid Return method too for my daughter, it works perfectly. It can be hard work depending on how easily ur child gives in! My daughter was 2 when we had this problem, she would cry to come and sleep in our bed. Put him to bed as you normally would but wait outside his room where he can't see you, the first time he gets out say to him gently that it's bed time and he has to stay in his bed then put him in his bed. everytime he gets out after that don't say anything to him, just pick him up and put him in his bed and leave the room. It may take some time but it does work honestly! I put my daughter back in her bed 100 times in three hours, and she screamed everytime i did it!! But i stuck with it and eventually she gave up. 3 hours of hard work but she never got out of her bed in the night again! She's now 7 and sleeps perfectly in her own room! Like i said it's really hard work and there will be times when you want to give in (i know i did when she'd screamed for 3 hours!) but you HAVE to stick with it once you start!

Christy - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter did this for awhile, and it just took some training on my part. Everytime she got out of bed I just put her back in without saying a word. After about four or five nights of this she finally stopped climbing into our bed at night.

Monica - posted on 03/01/2010

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wear them out in the evening, and no sugar or salt after 7 . Also make a stand and don't back down. Once they get in your bed its 10 times worse.They always need something( like a drink or to tell you something) but just say no and mean it.When they cry still stand your ground they will cry themselves to sleep the first couple nights but will be better for it .

Christina - posted on 03/01/2010

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Take out all the toys and anything that could be a toy and buy a good baby gate. I had this problem with my son. I removed all toys then put a baby gate in his door way so the door could stay open. He slept on the floor a couple times but once there was nothing to do he stopped getting up and just went to bed. But, you must be consistant for about a month then if he/she is staying in bed you can start slowly putting a couple toys back in.

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