Out of the crib.. now how to keep them in bed!

Jessica - posted on 06/19/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter made a great transition into her toddler bed and was doing wonderful. Now that she realizes she can get out of the bed, she does all the time. I literally have to rock her to sleep or sit in her room until she falls asleep so she stays in bed. We have a bedtime routine of reading some books shutting the light and singing a song then off to bed which use to work but is no longer doing the trick. Please share any secrets or tricks you have with keeping your little one in their room.

THANKS

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Jocelyn - posted on 06/21/2009

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We're getting close to that transition too. I plan to follow the "Supernanny" technique whereby, every time your little one gets out of bed, you take them directly back to their bed. For the first while, this may mean putting her back in her bed dozens of times before she finally stays there, but eventually she will realize there's no point to getting up. The key is to not engage in conversation with her, say nothing more than "it's time to sleep now", and don't give in to requests for a drink or a snack, which is really just stalling. I think you need to be really consistent, even though it will probably take a very long time for the first while. She'll "get it" soon enough. I've also heard of people putting a baby gate at the bedroom door, so they can hear their child when they get up and the child doesn't feel closed in, but they can't leave their bedroom. I'm not sure how I feel about that idea, but it might help? Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 06/19/2009

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When my kiddos made the switch to toddler beds they did the same thing. As with everything in life they are going to test their boundries and you have to set them now. The longer you rock her or sit with her the more she will expect it. The best advice I can give is to be firm, not mean, but firm. She needsto understandthat it is not okay to keep getting up and that if she continues this behavior she might not get a song or story the next night. Also maybe a night light is needed. My used one for a very short time, we had a test period. If they got up just as much as before we knew that wasn't the problem but if they stayed in bed we knew it was a help. Hope this helps.

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