Toddler climbs out of bed at naptime and bedtime and won't go to sleep

Cindy - posted on 05/04/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 24 month old boy has been in a toddler bed for a few months now. My husband has been mostly putting him down for nap and bedtime. It takes 45min to an hour every time with my husband sitting next to his bed. Whenever it's my turn my son manipulates me even more (wants to get up and play, smiles at me and giggles to get his way, etc.) Last weekend after 1.5 hours I had a meltdown and put him back in the crib. He hardly cried at all and went to sleep a half hour later! Should we continue trying to get him so stay in his bed and go to sleep? Or should we back-track and go back to the crib? 2 hours spent a day getting him to sleep is ridiculous!

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Kathy - posted on 05/05/2010

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he's totally testing his limits. babies will sleep eaiser in the crib because it allows them to regress, feel secure and fall asleep easier. if he can't climb out of a crib then i would suggest you go back to it and only put him in a toddler bed when he's ready (when he's either too big for it or can climb out of it). people who usually put their kids in toddler beds before they're ready will face huge problems because their kids aren't ready and the new-found freedom, not to mention big bed without (crib) rails can sometimes cause anxiety... not always but sometimes.

if you want him to stay in a toddler bed, you can try using a reward system such as a sticker chart. pls send me a direct message for details

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