3 year wont sleep in his bed

Ashley - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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my three year wont sleep in his bed he sleeps with us me and my husband did work seperate shifts when he was born and I think thats how it got started. he even has a neat firetruck bed but he says he is afraid of the dark and just cries and cries and it breaks my hear to hear him crying out for me and saying he's scared. I dont know what to do I dont think I'm strong enough to let him cry it out and neither is my husband my 1 and half year olds twins sleep fine in there own beds in the same room with him they all share a big room. even when I put him in his bed after he falls asleep he wakes up in the middle of the night and gets back in our bed with us not knowing. I really dont mind him sleeping in there but I know its better for him to learn to sleep in his own bed even when his at his grandparent he sleeps with them. If I have learned anything from this DO NOT put your kids in bed with you. Hard habit to break. I'm afraid he's going to be in school still sleeping with us. Hopefully not.

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Paige - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hi Ashley, my name is Paige and I had a similar problem w/ my 2yr.old. Unfortunately, the best solution is to just let him cry it out. The first week might be hard but eventually he'll stop crying and just fall asleep.I think the reason it's so hard now to get him into his own bed is that he knows that you won't make him and he can come to your bed. Do you have a nightly routine for him? With my son it's a bath, then 2-3 books (we call it book time) then it's off to bed. That might be a helpful way to get him to sleep in his own room if the routine doesn't change and he KNOWS that after books (or whatever you do before bed) comes bedtime in his own bed. What also worked with my son is that I got him his favorite character sheets to put on his bed. He was super excited to sleep on them a wouldn't even let me sit on the bed until he sat on them first! You just have to stick to your guns and know that him crying isn't hurting him and he WILL be ok! I hope some of this is helpful. Good luck and let me know how it goes. ;) Paige

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