2 1/2 yr old not sleeping in his bed...HELP US!

User - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Okay so our son is 2 1/2 years old now! And sadly he won't stay sleeping in his bed...but will come to ours about midnight or so! And this is after we have a hard time getting him to bed...even with a routine. He can go all night if we let him! Any advice would be great as I'd love to not have him in our bed anymore.....and going to bed at the same time every night!

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User - posted on 01/07/2009

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Okay great ideas.  I suppose I should've mentioned we can't let him cry it out!  Firstly bc we live in an apartment building...and secondly bc he'll puke once he gets to crying!  I think I finally got him back to going to bed at a more "normal" time of 9pm.  And now I'm trying to get him up earlier in the mornings..although I love my sleep too.

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2009

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well, i know exactly how you feel.  we were having a problem with our daughter (now7) getting her to bed at a regular time too for the longest time.  whenever she came into our bed in the middle of the night one of us would get up and keep putting her back in her room.  with getting her to go to bed at a regular time, she would throw a fit every night and come out of her room constantly.  we just kept bringing her to her room over and over again and close her door.  with my son who is 2 yrs, he does go to bed at a regular time but he will wake up and cry so i go up and give a few minutes of cuddles and then i just tell him "okay rowan, it's time to go to your bed"  and he usually walks with me and goes straight to bed.if you have to try cuddling him for a bit in his bed so he might learn that he sleeps oin his bed not yours.  this only what i have learned through trial and error so it might and might not work for you.

Caroline - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi, I've got g/b twins who are 2 3/4yrs old. I've only had a few weeks of trouble when we first put them into beds at 22mnths. They have a strict routine of bed between 7pm - 7:30pm. The best way is to persevere with guiding him back to his room and tuck him into bed each time he comes to yours. More effective if you can keep your calm and not talk to him (easier said than done I know). We put a stairgate on their room door (even though they can climb over it). We tended to turn all the lights off. For the first week my son screamed the place down for a good couple of hours and I didn't get much rest, but it gradually got less and less and at first he would take all his bedding off his bed and finally go to sleep on the floor a few hours later. My daughter managed to sleep thro' this but I don't know how. After a couple of weeks he then used to fling himself onto his bed (as if in protest) then finally he now sleeps at the right end of the bed and tucks himself in (normally in the dark as even now he doesn't stay in it when we tuck him in bed). hope this helps. Caroline x

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2009

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I'm with you! Our son, almost 2, is going through a phase for the past month where he will only sleep in our bed....past couple of nights we let him cry himself to sleep but he ends up in our bed between 2-4am. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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