Any tips on getting my 2 yr old toddler to sleep in her own room.

Carolina - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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When Ely was about 5 months old, my husband wanted to have her in the bed with us. Well now (2 years later) I am having the most difficult time getting her to sleep in her own room. HELP!!!

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Carolina - posted on 09/01/2009

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Very happy to announce that Ely has now been sleeping in her own room for 4 days. I have been sleeping on the floor next to her just in case she woke up in the middle of the night, but last night we were each in our own beds.

Chrissy - posted on 09/01/2009

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consistency is key....does she have a favorite character she likes, does she want anything that you have been hesitant in buying her? some may not agree with this but bribary works very well...let her know that once she sleeps in her big girl bed (you give her a specific time frame) she will be able to pick out her ______ at the store. you may want to try and sleep with her in her room and gradually start moving out. its worth a try.

Carolina - posted on 08/31/2009

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Thanks Leah for the advice. I will be consistent and I have to be strong-willed because there is only so much crying that I can take and then when she blurts "You don't love me!", well that just tears at my heart.

Leah - posted on 08/28/2009

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Persistence and you have to be consistent. It is tough, but if you are really committed to getting your bed back you need to be strong. (Not mean but strong) And stay unitied. Put your child to bed every day with a routine that you can keep. The routine will be very important. Bath, book, bedtime is what I used. It will take some time, and you may find that they do well for a while and then regress again, but if you stay consistent you will get your bed back.



It really is simple, the hard part is getting the routine established. Once you have though you will be so glad! Remember to be consistent and always stick to the same routine whenever possible. It works so well for me that now my kids are seven and five and they go to bed on their own every night even when we are out of town. We just do the same routine and it works like a charm, and the quality time you get together is invaluable.



If she gets out of bed after you have tucked her in with the routine you can just put her back to bed. It will take a while and could even take hours but eventually she will get the hint and go to bed. This part is pretty exhausting but it will work eventually. Just remember to put her straight to bed without much conversation and do not let her back in your bed no matter how long you two end up trying to get her back in her room. After the first few days of this it will probably get easier. Its funny but when they know what to expect kids are pretty inclined to fall into the routine you set.



Hang in there. It does work I swear!

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