Daughter won't sleep in her own bed

Madu - posted on 09/09/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 7 year old daughter will not sleep in her own room. The only way is if someone sleeps with her or if she sleeps in her brother or sisters room. I have tried to put her in her own bed now but she just cries and cries and if she falls asleep she will then wake up 4-5 times during the night like a baby. I take her back to her room each time she wakes up and I just feel bad. I don't know what to do anymore! Please help me.

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Melissa - posted on 09/11/2015

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As a now mom I totally understand this from the other side. I couldn't sleep in my own room until I was 12 years old. Some night's I would even go to sleep in my own room and wake up on the floor of my parent's room and not even remember getting there. They set up a flppy cushion for me as an option in case I ever needed it. I realize it may not be the most convenient thing for the adults; and I am sure my parents would have preferred more privacy but it was the best thing for me and I so appreciate them for letting me have that comfort. I think it lead to better sleep for my whole family in the long run.

When I was 12 I simply grew out of it, no idea how or why just did and I never looked back and never had issues sleeping on my own in my own bed ever again and even had my own wonderful apartment with no roommates for a while. So don't worry too much that this will lead to some longer term problem. I think a lot of kids went through this phase and it was just never really talked about.

My 6 year old is going through the same thing right now and some nights are better than others, even I have to remind myself that it is okay. And in the end whatever works best for you family works best for your family.

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