How do I get my daughter to stay in bed?

Amanda - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 22 months and she climbs out of her crib EVERY time we put her down for a nap or for bed. We left the door open so she thought we were watching her. That worked for maybe 3 days. Lately my bf will sit right in front of the door and tell her to "lay down. go to bed" until she's asleep. Some times it takes a hour or 2 just to get her to sleep.



I have read that if they start climbing out that their crib's they are ready for a toddler bed. So just tonight we took the front bars off her bed but she still gets off the bed.



I want it to be easy like before. We lay her down and she might cry but she would go to bed. I don't know what to do to keep her in her bed. Please help me out! I don't want to watch the door anymore.

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Satrina - posted on 09/20/2009

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i know its hard but you have to be persistant. keep bieng stern and keep the same routine let her know this is moms way. if she continues give her time out that works. kids hate time out. my 21 mon son does that now but after a while she'll get it i went thru that stage with all of my kids. just remeber dont give up.

Lacey - posted on 09/20/2009

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My daughter is almot 3 and she does the same thing, she acts like it's a game. I lay her down and the minute i turn my back she gets out of bed and runs away, laughing. I used to lay down with her, read her a book or put in a movie and that usually helped, but it's difficult now since I had my son, I'm juggling both of them so I can't lay down with her. Since you just have you're little girl, try laying down with her to see if that works. But if you find any other way to where you can put her down by herself then please let me know.

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Carmen - posted on 09/21/2009

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Get a "crib tent". A lot of people sell them from Walmart to Amazon.com. It's a domed canopy that attaches to the crib. It's mesh & see through. But there ain't no getting out of that sucker unless you have the next Houdini on your hands. I got one & my daughter cried for a while realizing she was now "trapped" but she eventually got used to it eventually realizing this was the way it was going to be. She is now in a toddler bed & stays there all night. Prices usually range from 60 to 80 bucks. But you won't be wasting time @ her door any longer.

Angela - posted on 09/21/2009

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Close the door... My son would climb out of his crib and play around upstairs. We started closing the door and he would pound on the door for 10 minutes each night then pass out in front of the door. We'd go back in and put him in his bed. After about a week he stopped getting out of bed and liked having his door closed at night. Now a year and a half later he started asking for his door open, He thinks its time to play again, so I tell him if he leaves his room we close the door. Most naps the door is closed, but at bedtime he remembers the door closed at nap and stays in bed at night. Good luck, it is hard to hear the kids scream, but they are trying to find their limits. Don't give in :) Hope this helps

Carine - posted on 09/20/2009

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Hi there Amanda I have a 2year old who also use to do that i found it hard at first but then i got feed up so i just closed her bed room door with her night light on she did cry for awhile and i did feel really guilty and mean for doing that but it worked.It took a few nights before she got use to it but it does work,you just have to tough it out mum..hope that helps u:)

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