How do I get my 5 year old to stay in his own bed?

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Cassandra - posted on 02/09/2009

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he sounds like he has very age appropriate separation issue ... i would start a routine every night with him .. tub/shower, brush teeth , books and then bed... ( just an idea ) then tell him its bed time and stay in the room for a while 10/ 15 min not talking. in a chair ( read a book or a mag. while hes trying to fall asleep . then go out . reassure him that your there. if he wakes up in the middle of the night and tries to climb into bed with you go back to his bed and do the same thing over again ... if you do this for a week .. without slipping .. i can guarantee you will be successful .... i too had this prob. with my little guy .. and i was religious for 1 week and it worked .. also a walkey talkey so that he can talk to you if he wants .. and a no cross line at his door unless he needs to go potty and if he does good at the end of the week reward him with a book or something that hes into.... good luck you can do it !!!

Tammy - posted on 02/08/2009

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I used to have that problem with my 5year old until his sister came along,either my husband or myself would but him back to bed. Now I'm having the same problem with his sister, only this time I'm not as persistent with her as I was with him. They eventually stop. Getting really drastic is locking your bedroom door but I've always believed in an open door policy, in case of any emergencies.

Rochelle - posted on 02/08/2009

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Try a reward chart..... if they stay in there bed all week they get a reward (your choice). Explain to them what the chart is and how it works!!! Let them help design the chart the will love doing that... Its worth a go!!!

Miriam - posted on 02/08/2009

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Yes I agree, in my experience I had to persist and they eventually gave up.  Sometimes I had to put them back in their room up to ten times in a night.  Then on some nights when so sleep deprived I told them if they kept getting out of bed I would have to shut their door and then even make them believe it by doing so but only for a few minutes.  After that I had something to negotiate with them so the agreement was always that I would leave the door open, but they had to stay in their bed and weren't allowed to leave their room.  I have two boys 5 and 2, but the system gets reset when they are sick or out of routine, but once that is over I always go back to the rule - they sleep in their bed, that is where they sleep!  Persistence and consistency as tiring as it is - is the key, shouldn't take more than a week if you do it consistently without breaking.

Dewey - posted on 02/07/2009

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i have the same problem with my 6 year old.  i have been told to keep getting up and putting them back in him bed, but it hasn't worked yet for me.

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