Toddler Bed Problems

Molly - posted on 11/08/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. Wihin the last few days my daughter had started climbing out of the crib so we recently changed it to a toddler bed. We went from having an awesome sleeper to tons of issues and I don't know what to do. She is having anxiety about being seperated from us at night and it takes an hour or two to get her to lie down. When we finally get to to lie down she moves to the hallway and falls asleep. Then when we go to bed, she follows us to our bed. We have never co slept before and this is somewhat of an issue with all of us in bed. I'm not sure what to do here. Any suggestions?

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User - posted on 05/09/2011

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I will look for the crib tent, ladies! My daughter climbs over even the gate we put up. It's so big, I have to hold on to a wall if I want to walk over it since I would lose my balance otherwise. My daughter was once a fantastic sleeper too. Now she is a grumpy mess. But Mommy is willing to try anything! What do people think about locking a child in her room? I have mixed feelings...

Christina - posted on 11/12/2008

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My son was about 16 months old when he started climbing out of his crib. We tried the toddler bed but it just wasn't working. We resorted to a product called a crib tent. We found it at a local store that specializes in infant/child safety products. It was $100. but well worth it. It is a mesh tent that fits the crib. It took him about 3 day to adjust to it. Works great! It is called "Crib Tent by Tots in Mind" You can view it on Google. Hopefully the toddler bed works well for you but the crib tent is just a suggestion just incase the toddler bed doesn't work. Best of luck to you!

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When we put our daughter in a toddler bed she came out of her room all the time. she still does. we put her in bed, and we put her in bed, and we put her in bed. some nights 5-7 times in a span of no more than 2 hours.

Christylee - posted on 11/11/2008

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Just curious how old your toddler is? She may not be ready for a toddler bed. They have this great thing called a crib net at babiesrus. It's like a tent and fits under the mattress and forms a tent like netting over the bed. That way your little one can't get out. It works wonders. I know several moms who have used it because they had the same toddler bed sleep problems you are having. If that's not a solution that will work for you. You might want consider getting her a special "big girl" lovey or someone that she feels will protect her in her new bed. I think it's simply a security issue. They don't feel as secure as they did in their crib. Also, the gate is an excellent idea. Good luck!

Sharon - posted on 11/11/2008

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We have to do the same thing with my son (2 years 8 months). He is in a toddler bed as well and we have a normal bedtime routine of giving him his bath, getting him dressed for bed, tucking him into his bed, give him his sippy cup of milk, read a bedtime story in a low somber voice. This usually calms him down and lots of time, once his milk is done, he hands the sippy cup back to me, and then he rolls over and within about 5 minutes he is asleep. Unfortunately we do have to sit next to him until he falls asleep. We find it is better this way because then we don't have to worry about his crying. We did try to do the putting him in bed and leaving the room thing but he cried sooo hard with this that I could not stand it. He literally cried so hard that he started coughing and choking, etc. So the supposed "cry method" does not work for us. We know he will grow out of the bedtime routine eventually.



Lastly, after Jordan falls asleep, we put a gate up at his doorway and this works pretty well. If he wakes up in the middle of the night, he just comes to the doorway and calls for us and we usually come. Of course, he comes in bed with us then and we are trying to break him of that so it is a work in process. But we are getting there. Last night and the other night, he slept through the night nicely. That is a good thing.

Suzanne - posted on 11/10/2008

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I also put up a gate at the door b/c I had the same problem. Sometime he still has a hard time and I can hear him up playing but he gets tired and puts himself back to bed.

Molly - posted on 11/10/2008

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Thanks for the suggestions! I think I just have to remember to be patient. It's so hard though when you are not getting much sleep. :)

Ashley - posted on 11/08/2008

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We put a gate up in the doorway, and stay in the room until he is asleep (he's never been a good sleeper, and he doesn't "cry it out"). Then when he wakes up, he comes to the gate and calls for me. The first few nights he was really really freaked out, then it was just like if he woke up in a bigger crib.

Also, we did have to develop a solid bedtime routine - he couldn't fall asleep until we did. We pick up toys, do a snack, put on pj's, brush teeth, put up the gate, go into the bedroom and read in the rocking chair, turn on the music, say goodnight and do kisses, get into the bed, turn off the light, then I sit by him until he is asleep.

Sometimes he's really restless at night and I pat his back for him. I'm sure that's why he needs me in the middle of the night, cause I don't make him fall asleep without me, but this works better for me so I don't have to be so stressed out at bedtime.

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