sleeping

Rachel - posted on 11/10/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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hi im having trouble getting my 2 yr old to sleep in her own bed at night, she is very attached and as i work nights i always get home late and to a full bed. my sleep is lacking and so is my mood...im tyired and frustrated that she will not even attempt to sleep inher room or bed...please if anyone has some suggestions it will be muchly appriecated

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Erica - posted on 11/12/2008

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If you have ever watched the show "The Nanny", you will see her use a technique that put the child back in the bed EVERY time they get up. Over and Over again. No matter how tired the parents gets, the child learns that they are not going to be allowed in the parents bed.

I did this with my son and it worked beautifully. I had flashbacks of infancy, when I was up every 2 hours feeding! LOL But it did work.

Eloise - posted on 11/12/2008

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my eldest was a bit like this we used to put him to bed telling him to try to stay there all night nd he can have a treat in the morning

if he cryed we went in kissed him and tucked him in trying not to pick him upor talking to him it takes alot of control though it is heart breaking to listen to them crying and i found that my partner couldnt do it as he cant tune the crying out like i can it toke a couple of houurs the first night for him to drop off and the less and less time each night and after about 2 weeks he was sleeping through and in his own bed

we also found leaving the bedroom door open and putting the stair gate across help as he was not shut in all alone but he could nt make a dash for us if he did wake

Jennifer - posted on 11/11/2008

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why not go to sleep in a different bed when you get home. if being near is an issue and she does have her own bed, bring it in your room and go to sleep there. if you need to get in later, just squeeze in. this can't last forever, but what i would give to sleep for 4 hours straight!!!

Carri - posted on 11/11/2008

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My 4 year old was like that when I was pregnant with her brother and now that he is born. What I did was, told her that if she slept like a big girl in her bed for 2 nights in a row, then she could sleep with me on the 3rd night. Once she was doing this with no problems I increased it to 3 nights and so on and so forth. Now, she sleeps in her own bed and on occasion I let her sleep with me just because we like to snuggle.

Katie - posted on 11/10/2008

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My daughter didn't have a choice. I was very strict with her, I had to move her to a bed at 19 months. I would sit outside her almost closed door and if I heard a sound or if I thought she was getting up I would storm back in there and say "you need to stay in bed" and I would put her back. If she fought me I would sit by the side and keep laying her down until she got too tired to fight back. Eventually, and it took a couple weeks, it worked. And now she is 2 and a half and even when she wakes up in the morning, she does not get out of her bed at all. She will grab a book or a toy off of her nightstand and play with it in bed until I get up and get her. Consistency really works! It may stink for the first couple weeks, but she will learn!! Don't give in! You are the parent!

Laura - posted on 11/10/2008

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I read a couple extra bed time stories for mine and that seems to work... however every child is different. I know some that have a special "sleep" toy that they only get when they sleep in their own bed. Some that get to use a special cup with water when they are in their bed. You should try to find out the reason though. If it is the dark let her help pic out a night light. Maybe picking out her own set of sheets. Something to help her and let her know it is her room and her bed.

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