My son wont sleep in his own bed.

Ashley - posted on 09/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is not sleeping in his own bed because we just moved into a new house. He is scared. How can I break him of this?

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Winter - posted on 09/29/2009

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you better break himnow do a super nanny or you will always have a bed full of kids he wont always be small we have just broke ours it took a wile but was worth it

Cathy - posted on 09/29/2009

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It might sound bad but my 3 year old wouldnt sleep in her own bed so i went and bought a few movies for her and she watches a movie in her bed every night and falls asleep to it. it worked great cause she wanted to come in our bed everynight and she is a little bed hog ol so thats what we did and it worked good but I let her pick the movie she wanted to watch

Colleen - posted on 09/28/2009

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My 3 year old is really into Disney Princesses now, so I got her a "Sleeping Beauty" bedding set and she now sleeps in her bed. She slept w/ us up til we got them. Is there a character he really likes? That may help!

Emily - posted on 09/27/2009

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Put him in his bed, and walk away. Every time he gets up and comes out, go and put him back in his bed. Don't say a word, dont coddle him, etc. Just calmly put him back in his bed. You may spend a week of sleepless nights doing this, but eventually he will get the message that he is not going to be able to get out of bed. As a 3 year old, he will do whatever you allow him to get away with. If you do not allow him to get away with it, then he will stop doing it. May seem harsh but that is your solution.

Helen - posted on 09/27/2009

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My sister in law put a bed in his room and did over a week started with the lunch time nap, and then the night naps now he sleeps on his own, and even get a night light that he can see that you are still there for him... Good luck :)

Maggie - posted on 09/26/2009

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Try staying with him until he falls back to sleep. Also try spending lots of time in the room during the day so he can get used to it. It might help if you let him pick some decorations to personalize the room so he feels more like it's his. It always takes some time to get used to a new place so be patient! (oh yeah, and lots of hugs help!!)

Dana - posted on 09/26/2009

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We recently moved and I have a daughter who is scared of the window above her headboard. She sleeps with her baseball bat and it makes her feel safe.

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You don't mention how old he is, but he won't be scared forever. So if you can tolerate it for a while, just let him be close to you and then start moving him away once you see that he's adjusted to the new environment.

Moving his bed into your room is a great idea, because at least he's close to you without being in your bed and will be easier to transition to his own room once he's a bit more comfortable.

Little ones don't like big changes, so it will take a little time to adjust. Heck, big people don't always do well with change either.

Good luck!

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My son has a lamp on and his door is kept open. Also before he goes to bed he gets to pick whatever toy he wants to take to bed, doll, car, lego, stuffed animal. As soon as he climbs into our bed I take him straight to his bed. I ask why he got up and if he says he is scared then I ask what from. If he tells me monsters or something I tell him they are not real they are just pretend. If it is something different I just tell him if he stays in bed with his eyes closed and thinks of something that makes him happy then it will be easy to go to sleep. It doesnt matter how many times he gets up in a single night just keep putting him back into his bed then he should understand that going into your room isnt helping him because he doesnt get to stay there and then he should stay in his bed. You will be tired for a while getting up so much but it only took my son a couple of weeks now he stays in bed all night and even sleeps in longer than before.

Shardae - posted on 09/26/2009

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This may seem like a lot of work but it does help, you can put his bed into your room and explain to him that he is still in your room but he is a big boy now and can sleep in his own bed then when he is used to that move it back to his room

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