My 7 yr old won't sleep in her bed! I'm exhausted!


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Problem solved: let her sleep anywhere she pleases if it means ALL of you will get a good night's sleep.

See in my home, I pick my battles and sleep is one battle I refuse to war with. My 7 year old bed hops. And quite frankly I don't care. For those of you who know me, I am sure you get sick of me writing the same thing "Pick a bed, any bed and sleep in it." When my alarm goes off at 4:30 am and hubby has to get up at 6:15 am, we all need to get a good night's sleep. So big deal my son likes the comfort and security of snuggling up with us in our bed? What's the worse that can happen? Oh...he has a good night's sleep and I'm not cranky and bitchy in the morning! My son is not going to wan to sleep in our bed forever, and if it means comfort, safety, security, then that's what I'll provide. Just because he likes snuggling in bed with us does not mean he is an overly attached dependent little boy. It's actually quite the opposite! Half the time we rarely ever hear him crawl into our bed. Or lately, he wakes up hubby and hubby ends up his son's bed. Again- it's not a battle in my home since we all need sleep. I honestly feel sad when I hear of parents locking their kids out. She's your baby! She wants her Mom and wants to feel secure and safe. Why deny that? Start adopting my motto of "pick a bed any bed and just sleep" and I guarantee you will both feel great in the morning.

Lisa - posted on 04/03/2012




My daughter was born with kidney reflux and was taking antibiotics for the first 2 yrs of her life. She had surgery at 2 yrs old. As soon as she stopped sleeping in her crib she never wanted to sleep in her bed. We tried everything. Since 3 we have been struggling. At 5 she was diagnosed with celiac disease. I know that some of her sleep problems had to do with the symptoms she had before we found out about the celiac. She would complain of stomach ache, she would sweat a lot from the gluten and she would have joint pain in her legs. She is 7 and she has been gluten free for two years but we still have the sleeping issue. When she wakes up I put her back in her bed, but I have been doing this for a long time. I'm tired all the time and I'm sure she is too. I have hard time locking my door on her out of my room. Is there an easier way. Maybe she has some other sleep issues? She is extremely attached to me and doesn't feel soothed with my husband if he tries to help.

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