okay i have a 15 month old and she refuses to sleep in her crib any suggestions

Michelle - posted on 09/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my daughter will not sleep in her own bed she sleeps with us i so need some help on getting her in there she screams for like 2 hours and still doesnt go to sleep PLEASE HELP

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Sam - posted on 10/02/2009

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put her in a big girl bed.Toddler beds are so low to the ground and have rails to help stop them falling out.My daughter was in a toddler bed at 1 and she loved it.I said dyou are a big girl so you can have a big girls bed like mummy!The crib matress fits straight into a toddler bed.I then put my spare matress on the floor so she could either choose to sleep on the bed on the floor or her bed.At first she slept on the matress on floor and after about a week,she would go in the toddler bed.I kept the matress on the floor so if she wanted to sleep init she could.Also as a safty thing so if she fell out she wouldnt hurt herself!my daughters 2 now and shes in a proper single bed!just with a safty rail up and one side of bed at wall.

Jennifer - posted on 09/26/2009

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Well first off, if she's been in your bed already for a while, at 15 months they are already loving that. I've had both kind of sleepers. I agree if you never start it, you wont have the problem, but it sounds like you already started it. I have a 15 month old, but he LOVES his crib, and I use it ONLY for sleeping. I have a 4 year old that has been in my bed ever since he was 1 when he would wake and scream his head off. It's not easy, but if you are trying to ween, it is going to take a long time. My first and eldest was in my bed for 3 1/2 years, it took from getting sheets he loved to a night light in his room to get him comfy and safe. It's a very bad habit, and you'll have to weight out the good and bad. I find nothing wrong with co-sleeping, all of my kids have done it at one time or another, they're fine and as lovable as you can possible get. Sorry I can't be more useful, but I hope some of what I said helps.

Linda - posted on 09/26/2009

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i have kno ideas but you ent alone my boys 4 and still comes in to my room in middle of night.

Debbie - posted on 09/26/2009

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2 suggestions: a mesh crib tent to keep her in it and at least 2 weeks of patience to sit by her crib and comfort her til she realizes you mean it when you tell her she has to sleep in her own bed. Do not get her out of bed to comfort her (although patting her through the rails at first, is okay), and the second week, comfort her only with your voice and presence. If you patiently persist, she will learn to go to sleep in her own bed, and stay there. But you must consistantly stick to your guns, or she will always sleep with you.

Kryss - posted on 09/26/2009

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when my son did this my mom told me , to switch the bed to another part of the room and at the other end of the baby bed,, it wrked....but note it doesnt wrk for everyone:)

Chris - posted on 09/26/2009

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First get her into a bedtime routine, if she's not already and stick to it. Routine example: bath, pajamas, reading, praying, bed. For her bath you may need to start using Johnson's bedtime bath, it's lavender baby wash and helps them relax and calm down. Make sure you do her routine every night, especially for the first few months. Then if you skip one night it won't be a big deal.



Next, get music playing in her room, toddler lullabies or nature sounds are a great choice, very soothing. Then, put her in her crib, give her a book to read or a soft toy to play with and leave the room. This will most likely help her to calm down and with the soothing music playing in the background she will eventually fall asleep. If she's fussing, but not crying or screaming then let her be, she will sooth herself after a while. If she's crying or screaming go in there after 10 or 15 minutes and stay with her for a few minutes, (don't pick her up). Tell her you love her, but she needs to stay in her bed, don't give in. You can repeat every 10 - 15 minutes if needed, but don't give in.



We never bring our kids in our bed. We will go to there bed or when my oldest daughter was still in the crib I would take her out the living room and cuddle with her on the couch. Then when she moved into her big girl bed, I now go in there and cuddle with her for a few minutes. But she never comes in our bed, never has, and never will. That's our room and our bed.



I know kids who were sleeping with their parents when they were 5 & 6 years old. So, if you never start, you never have to change it.



I hope this helps. God bless and good luck.

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