My 3 year old will not sleep alone.

Joy - posted on 10/24/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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How do I get my three year old to stay in her own bed? I continue to put her back to bed 2 to 3 times a night. I have a one year old that still gets up once a night, and between the two of them it's exhausting.

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Mary - posted on 10/24/2009

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This is one of those challenges that are different with every child, but here are a few ideas that might help. If your 3 yr old ends up in your bed every night, try setting up a crib matress in your room on the floor next to your bed. Spend a lot of time talking to the child about how the big bed is mommy's bed and this is "your bed". Put the three year old down in the small bed in your room and try that for 2 weeks or so. Once they are used to it, move the matress several feet away, but still in your room. Carry that one for a couple of weeks, and slowly move the matress away from your room - and into theirs.



Another option is REALLY tough, but it might be easier than moving a crib matress around. This one is to be really firm, and put the child back in bed each time they get up. It might be helpful to have your one year old taken care of by a family member for a night because you will meet resistance! When you put the child back in their room, don't say anything at all. It will stimulate them and make them think that there is room for bargaining! Just be a mommy robot and put them back in the bed each time. Don't let them in your bed at all. It will be hard, they will cry, scream, throw a fit, but be a persistent little robot. A couple of nights of that will cure them. You can see this method on the show "supernanny". You tube it to see how it works. You will be amazed! Good luck and I hope you get some sleep!!!!!

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