My son will only sleep in his bed. What can I do?

Crystal - posted on 12/27/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 in February and he will not stay anywhere other than at home in his bed. He will not stay anywhere else. He wont stay with his granny or anywhere. And if i have to run some errands and I leave him with a sitter or his granny I have to hurry back before his nap because he wont go to sleep without being in his bed at home. What can I do??

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Jill - posted on 01/01/2012

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my daughter was like that. when i took her to grandma's house, they tried to lay her down just like i did at home and if she didn't nap, she didn't nap. it was hard later that day but she soon learned, with consistency, that she can take naps at grandma's house too. it was a short phase but i didnt stop taking her places just b/c she wouldnt nap at other places. we just kept trying.

Donna - posted on 12/29/2011

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Just to say you are not alone on this 1 my youngest who is also 2 in Feb is the same, even if he had a dummy as that's all he goes to sleep with, and he hates being left with my sister in law,or other family members,think it could be an age thing.

Kaitlyn - posted on 12/28/2011

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I agree with trying the "comfort item/s" too.
Also, maybe he is use to you being the one to put him to sleep so he has some fears (i.e. you won't come back for him, etc.) if someone else puts him down to sleep. Sort of separation anxiety of a different form. To alleviate this you might have to have someone else (granny would be best) start putting him to bed at HIS home bed for a period of time before he will even entertain the idea of sleeping somewhere else too. Now is the time to try to break this fear/habit too. My friend's 4 year-old only recently started letting people (mom included) other than his father put him to bed and it took several weeks of easing into! Good luck!

Oh, and BTW, there is nothing wrong with expecting your "not even two year old" to sleep somewhere other than his own bed.

Sally - posted on 12/28/2011

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Why would you expect a not even two year old to sleep any where other than home?

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Our daughter can sleep anywhere, the main reason being that we travel often and as an infant where we were living at the time it wasn't feasible to go home for naps.

I have seen some parents try a tent. They're small one-toddler tents. You could start having your child sleep in that at home and see if he will sleep in it away from home as well.

Keri - posted on 12/29/2011

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Maybe have Grandma come to your place? Maybe tire him out before you go somewhere - if he's tired enough he'll sleep anywhere! My son's even slept in the basket of a shopping cart before. If he doesn't have any other optioin and he truly is tired he'll go to sleep.

Amy - posted on 12/29/2011

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Sleeping over at granny's or elsewhere isn't something many 2 year olds are ready for - can granny or babysitter come look after him at your place? The only way my 3 year old had a nap at grandmas where he loves to go is if they take him for a walk in the stroller!

Amy - posted on 12/29/2011

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Sleeping over at granny's or elsewhere isn't something many 2 year olds are ready for - can granny or babysitter come look after him at your place? The only way my 3 year old had a nap at grandmas where he loves to go is if they take him for a walk in the stroller!

Crystal - posted on 12/29/2011

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Thank you Kaitlyn. I will try that. When I first had my daughter (who is 4) We were living with their granny, so i never had this problem with her. Though she thinks now she has to be over there all the time lol. But thank you for the advice I will def. try it.

Crystal - posted on 12/28/2011

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My daughter stays at her grannys sometimes and it gives my husband and i a break. My son loves to go over there but when he gets tired hes ready to go. and when we are visting my family who lives in Louisiana it is really hard because its not like we can just go home.

Bonnie - posted on 12/28/2011

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I agree with trying to use his pillow and/or a favourite stuffed animal; something that is familiar to him.

Katrina - posted on 12/27/2011

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Maybe it's a comfort thing...it "smells" like home.

You could try making sure he sleeps with a special blanket or teddy so that it obtains the "home" smell and then take that with him wherever he is going to sleep. Then the bed he sleeps in will still have that comfort.

Or, you could use his pillow?

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