How to get my 2 year old to stay in his bed?

Kristen - posted on 08/14/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son turned 2 in May. 3 to 4 weeks ago I went to put him in his crib for a nap and he jumped out. I put him back in and he jumped out 2 or 3 more times so I though it was time to switch him to a big bed. When I say jump I mean jump. He didn't climb out he put one leg over the top and flung himself to the ground resulting in a big knot on his forehead. He is now in a full size bed against the wall and a rail on the other side. I have to lay with him until he falls asleep and then he gets up every hour or so through the night. Sometimes more! I have to lay with him until he goes back to sleep. After half the night I usually wind up putting him in bed with my husband and me or I stay in his bed with him the rest of the night. This is not working no one is getting enough sleep. He was sleeping 1 and a 1/2 to 2 hour naps. Now he sleeps 20 or 30 minutes maybe and comes out of his room. I use to be able to just put him in his crib and he would go to sleep on his own. I tried putting a baby gate up to keep him from coming out but he just climbed over it. Every time he wakes up he comes to get me and I tried putting him back and leaving but he just screams and keeps coming back to find me....I had him letting me set by the door until he went to sleep but now he wont even let me do that. I have to be laying right next to him. Looking for advice from moms who have already got through this situation. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Speakwithkatherine - posted on 08/22/2011

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Yeah its not only me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have the same problem with my son, and it was right after he was out of his cot. Would sleep with his leg arm hanging out and wake up, so put him in a bed. He sleeps in our room as only have a 3 bedroom house and the other two have their own rooms. Totally no where you are coming from. What makes it worse other two were so easy. Have tried putting him back down straight away and with hubby sleeping in lounge while did this and me upstairs incredibly frustrating!!! Still hasn't worked so will be looking for miracles too. Unless we want the neighbourhood screamed down major tantrums when leave the room and will just follow us around think will just have to dream of him turning 5 and sleeping through!!! any ideas as sick of being walking zoombie!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anna - posted on 08/15/2011

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I've SO been there, and it's frustrating! We ended up with the up and right back down "method". Every time she got up we would put her right back in bed and immediatly leave the room. It is important that you do not talk to him or interact in any other way. It's not as easy as it sounds. My daughter would scream and follow me out time after time - we literally spent hours doing this the first night. Eventually they figure it out and are too exhausted to argue. After just a few nights she would only get up a couple of times. This has been really succesfull for us, though it really takes effort on your part to stick to your guns. I would do this only at night at first untill his routine is established, and then start on the naps. I read about this method in a book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, By: Marc Weissbluth, MD

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