How to get my 3 year old to sleep in his own bed??


Ndelamiko - posted on 07/22/2012




I had this problem with my son on more than one occasion. The only thing that works is everytime he gets into your bed... doesn't matter if it's 2am or 10pm, walk him back to his bed and gently put him back in. If he is protesting, do what you got to, but walk him back and put him back into his own bed. Eventually he will stay there...


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Kris - posted on 08/05/2012




My son is 8 years old and still sleeps in our bed. When we need privacy we wait till he goes to sleep and end up going to his room. I actually slept in my folks room till I was 13, (in a twin bed though.) I have a friend that had a similiar problem with her son. They made the change in small steps. First they moved him to a cot by their bed. The next step was to let him decorate his room with stuff that he likes. Then they put him in his own bed and slept with him till he went to sleep, then slipped out of the room. Apparently it is a slow process...especially the older the child gets. It's hard because we enjoy talking to our son. (He is an only child) It is a sharing and caring time of the day. However, the time has come to take the advice of my good friend. Above all, do what's best for YOUR child. They are all different, just like we are. Good luck!

Gina - posted on 07/24/2012




I let him sleep with me if he gets up. They are only young once, pretty soon they will be teenagers and will not want to having anything to do with you! I was the same with my 5-1/2 year old. I would let her crawl in bed with us whenever she wanted, trust me, it doesn't last long. By the time she was 4 or so she started sleeping in her own bed all night. Once in a while if something scares them or there is a storm or something, of course I let them sleep with us. I don't want my babies being scared. I actually love having the bed filled up with my babies!

Elizabeth Mwelwa - posted on 07/24/2012




I had to get their favourite character beddings and when i have the energy i cuddle them, kiss them and read a story for them. When it's very cold i even put a hot water bottle for them and tell them its colder in my bed..

Karen - posted on 07/18/2012




I am having this same problem with my 2 yr old. I have started laying him down with his tv on, when he gets up twice I will lay him back down But if he gets up 3 times, I will go lay him back in his bed and close his bedroom door. He will scream and fuss for about 5 minutes then he will calm down and do whatever in his room until he finally lays down and goes to sleep in his bed. When I know he is asleep, I will open his door. It has been working for about a week now. My only problem is he will get up around 4 or 5 in the morning and come get in my bed with me.

Lisamarie - posted on 07/13/2012




Has he always slept in your bed? Do you sleep in his bed? I have always put my children to bed at a certain time, book, cuddle, kiss, leave room. I have never slept with them so they have always slept through the night in their own rooms.
Good luck

Stacy - posted on 07/11/2012




Hi OMG i am having the same problem with my 2 year. I come home in the evens and we play a little than we have dinner and after a bath. We lay together in bed while i read her a story and she falls asleep. i than put her in her bed and turn on the night light and leave the room after about 2 hours she wakes up and start to cry and don't want to go back to sleep in her own bed.

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