Why is my 4 yr old has been climbing into bed with us again?

Amy - posted on 05/26/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have an 8 mo old who has been sleeping in his crib almost exclusively since he stopped nursing around 6 mo. My 4 yr old was doing really well sleeping in his own bed for quite some time but recently I've been finding him in our bed in the middle of the night almost every night. I know he's crying out for more attention during the day which I'm working on doing since I'm a stay at home mom. Is there something I'm missing?

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Christine - posted on 05/26/2011

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My boys are 4 & 6 and each has gone through cycles for short periods of time when they did this. It seems to be when they need more attention or are just feeling needy for some reason. Sometimes letting them take my sweatshirt to bed with them makes them feel more secure on one of these nights and then keeps them there all night too. I discovered this trick by accident when I found my son sleeping in my bed cuddled up with my sweatshirt one night when I came home from dinner. The babysitter told me he said it was okay to do and when I asked him why he did it the next day, he said it smelled like me and he was missing me, so we've used this trick other nights we've gone out, as well as when they just see extra needy. Hope this helps!

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