Conversion to toddler bed

Desireew - posted on 10/24/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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We converted our 18 month old son to his toddler bed yesterday. Last night was no problem. Todays nap time and night night time is ugh!!! He knows now he can just get out of bed and "wander" we have a gate up in his doorway, so he can't get far. Any tips??? Thank you

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Amy - posted on 10/24/2010

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I made sure that the first week I switched my daughter that she was certainly TIRED when it was bedtime. Not over exhausted, but tired. I stayed with her for a little bit until her eyes were droopy and then sing our little lullaby we always sang before crib, so she knew routine was basically the same. If she got out of bed, I'd just take her back in and say, no, it's nite time. sh...... she only got out of bed a few times before she realized, she may as well stay because she's going back anyway. :) naps were harder for us. I actually had to lay down with her until she was out and then i'd get up and leave the room. but, she was my first. no way can i do that now. I have a woodstove now and am delaying the toddler bed for my son [also 18 months old now].

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Susan - posted on 10/25/2010

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I'm not sure how to keep him in bed, but my parents and friends of ours turned the door knob around so it would lock from the outside so the child can't get out of the bedroom at least. I would never want my daughter wandering around our house in the middle of the night. She is 26 months and we are currently renovating her new room and will put her in a bed then. I'm sure giving her a new room and a bed at the same time will prove to be a frustrating transition. She is really good about going to bed though so we're hoping for the best!

Casey - posted on 10/24/2010

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Be persistant, everytime he gets out of his bed grab his hand and take him back to it and put him back in, avoid eye contact and don't talk to him, my son was getting up sometimes 17 times a night but you just have to stay firm with them, good luck :)

Sasha - posted on 10/24/2010

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My daughter's 15 month's old and has been in a todler bed for a week. I was having the same problem with her so i would go in the room 2 time's and talk to her explaing this is her new bed she has to go to sleep in it and not play then if she did it agian i would go in a 3rd time and put her strait to bed and say goodnight and walk out. I did that about 2 time's every night for 3 day's and she startd to get abit better.

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