how do you get your toddler to sleep and stay in his own bed?

Heather - posted on 01/25/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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When my almost 3 yr old was moved to his toddler bed he wouldnt fall asleep by himself or stay in his bed all night. I have to get him to sleep in my bed then move him to his around 12:00 am and he wakes back up wanting in our bed at 2:30 every morning. Help im pregnant with #2???

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Sandie - posted on 01/26/2011

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i cant remember where i heard of this, but somewhere i saw a thing where the mum would put a picture of a moon and stars up on the childs bedroom wall when they had their night time story ( the child would help stick it up so they knew it was there) and in the morning they would put a big bright sun picture up, and when the child woke up in the night, they knew that they had to stay in bed until the sun was on the wall, because moon and stars means bedtime. i dont know if this might work for you, but if your child is old enough to understand, it might work, good luck, worth a try. x

Kim - posted on 01/26/2011

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You gotta be tough mom. It may be a few rough nights but no matter how tired you are you can let him in your bed. I would try nightly routines. Reading and quiet time in his room for 20-30minutes before bed so he gets comfortable with being in his room, on his bed. Maybe a noise machine or even a humidifier, for a little back ground noise. He is manipulating you, and he knows it, you have to be tough. After a few nights he will adjust.

Allie - posted on 01/26/2011

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I know this may sound crazy but, do you watch ABC's Supernanny? She has some really good tips on bed time routines and such... I personally use her bed time routine for my 2.5 year old. All I can say is check it out and take what you feel comfortable with. But the key is always be consistent.

Michelle - posted on 01/26/2011

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i kn ow this is going to sound harsh but leave him to cry. put a safety gate up at his door, when its bed time do your usual read him story or whatever and once you've finished you kiss, say night and walk out. go into your room so you can still hear him and he will scream the house down, after every 5/10 mins go to his room pick him up put him in bed and then walk back out. it will take time and you'll have to be strong but he will soon realize that this is what he has to do. and at 2 when he wakes up to come into your bed, he cant cuz of the gate so just shout get back to bed or go to his room and put him in his bed. like i said i know this is harsh and will be hard but sometime tuff love is the best way

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