Bedtimes are nightmares for me and my 21 month old son...

Sheri - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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ok, I have a 21 month old son how lately Bedtime are a nightmares, we put him down at 9pm and lately its been taking him 1-2 hours to fall asleep and 2 days ago he found out how to raise and lower his sides on the Crib...

I was wondering is that just terrible two's or is he ready for a toddler bed??


Please message me back, I can't stand nights lately...

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Bethanie - posted on 06/08/2010

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Do you have him on a set napping schedule during the day and a consistent bedtime routine? 9 sounds a bit late to me for his age. What time is he up in the mornings? At this age, he needs at least 10-12 hours of sleep a night and at least one 2-3 hour nap during the day (or close to this). As far as the crib goes, your railing may be busted or malfunctioning because he shouldn't be able to get it down that easily! I would rig it to stay up so he can't get it down and wait to transition him into a toddler bed until you can get his nighttime sleeping figured out. If he's up for two hours now once you put him to bed, if he can get in and out of his bed on his own, he's going to be up even more, I'm afraid!

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Kate - posted on 08/25/2010

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When my oldest son was that age, l put him to bed and told him was going to take a bath, which l did everynights. He could hear the water running in his room and l never had trouble getting to stay in bed and going to sleep after l started doing that. Most kids are afraid they'll miss something. lf you tell them what you will be doing, they feel secure and stay in bed. Anyway, it worked for me.

Tiffany - posted on 08/24/2010

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I think hes ready for a toddler bed

Maybe he needs to feel less restrained, maybe he needs a change... but clearly it is no longer safe to keep him in the crib.

Maybe he needs an earlier bedtime? 9 seems a little late. we usually do about 8pm, and she goes down fine. Maybe by 9 he's over tierd?



PS (edit) I noticed a lot of peoplesaying they are moving out to the hallway and such - does this mean you are leaving thier doors open? We have always closed her door to keep distractions out. Maybe this is something you mamas can use?

Sheri - posted on 06/09/2010

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TO BETHANIE LUNDGREN:
HE USE TO SLEEP FROM 9PM - 10AM AND TAKE A NAP FROM 2-4PM... HE USE TO BE A GREAT SLEEPER AND NOW ALL HE WANTS IS TO BE OUTSIDE.. I DON'T WANT A TODDLER BED BECAUSE HE ALREADY CAN FIGURE OUT OUR SAFETY GATES DOWNSTAIRS... HE IS ALSO A CLIMBER AND EVER SMART. HE KNOWS HOW TO USE ARE TIVO REMOTE WITHOUT US SHOWING HIM HOW TO USE IT (HE KNOWS HOW TO TURN ON HIS "THOMAS THE TRAIN" SHOW EVERYTIME) SORRY FOR THE CAPS, I HAD IT ON CAP LOCK AND DON'T WANT TO RETYPE EVERYTHING..

THANKS

Jillian - posted on 06/08/2010

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That sounds like my older daughter. We tried several things.
A strict daily routine.
A strict bed time
After I put her in bed and finished with books and stories I would move closer to the door each night. Then to the hallway, then I would leave and come check on her (I usually told her some chore I had to do, often folding laundry) It took about a year to get her to go to sleep without me in her room.
Good luck.

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