How do I keep my 3 year old in her own bed at night? She usually finds her way to my bed around 4-5 every morning!

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Jaclyn - posted on 02/22/2009

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Consistancy is always the key. tell her its sleepy time and shes suppose to be in her own bed and that sleep will make her feel better tomarrow so she can play. Put her back in her bed and shut the door, as many times as it takes keep putting her back to bed even if shes crying because shes just testing you and if yu give in once she will continue to do it. Good Luck

Nikki - posted on 02/22/2009

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The best thing to do is to just take her back to bed consistently until she gets to the point she knows to stay there and wait for you. It took me about a month but I finally got him into the habit of reading a book or something in his room until I come to get him at 7. When he first got up I told him, "Im sorry, its still bed time" and put him back in bed. The second time I simply said- "bedtime" and put him back in his bed, then if he came in again, I didnt say a word, I just picked him up and moved him back into his own room. He finally got it, but you HAVE to be consisitent. The only other option would be to install a pressure mounted security gate in the doorway and essentially lock him in. Gates are safest, because in a true emergency the child can still get out or you can get in easily. Good luck!

Jhonalyn - posted on 02/22/2009

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My two year old son do the same thing but i guess their probably had a bad dream or doesn't want to be alone. I reckon if you put their bed next to yours then maybe they'll start realising that they have to sleep on there own bed and they can still be next to you. For us mums we can't help to be close to our kids no matter how old they are...Just enjoy while we can because once they grow up were gonna miss cuddle them up and being close to them! good luck.....

Maureen - posted on 02/21/2009

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I have a 4 and 5 year doing the same thing. We have set up a blanket and pillow on each side of our bed. They both enjoy sleeping on the floor. Many nights they don't even wake us up and just lay down. Other nights I get woken up and give them a hug and just tell them they can be on the floor or back in their own bed.

Betsy - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have the same problem with my 3 and 4 year old boys! If you figure this out let me know!

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