Kristen Bell shares the ‘Controversial’ trick they use to get their toddler to sleep.

Kristen and husband, Dax Shepard, are currently battling to get their 3-year-old daughter, Delta, to sleep.

Kristen shared her story at the world premiere of the IMAX documentary PANDAS, held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

“Look, I’ll get controversial,” Kristen told press on the red carpet. “My 3-year-old [Delta] decided to stop sleeping about nine months ago. And every night, when we put her to bed, she turns the lights on, which annoys the 4-year-old [Lincoln], and she will move furniture, and she bangs on the door with different, hard toys. We switched the door knob. We turned the lock on the outside.”

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She went on to acknowledge that the practice of locking your child in their bedroom at night time is definitely one that sets off fiery debate among parents.

“I’m sorry, I know that’s controversial, but we lock it when she gets in there, and we stand outside and say, ‘We love you, we will talk to you in the morning, but now, it’s time for sleep.’ And after about 10 minutes, she’ll wind herself down. And then, before we go to bed, obviously, we unlock it.”

Whatever works, right?

I actually don’t even like the doors shut, but this parenting gig is so hard, we all do what we have to do to get some peace.

How do you feel about locking your child in their room at night?

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  • Look as parents we do what we need to so that we can make it through. Im sure that this phase didnt last long.


  • Not something I would do but hey it seemed to work for them.


  • There’s nothing wrong with that- our daughter started getting up too early at one point so we used to lock the door and she used to amuse herself quietly until it was a more acceptable hour. We always shut the door when we turn the lights out anyway and we have never had much difficulty getting our kids to go to sleep. All you need is a good routine.


  • Not sure if I could lock my children in their room but if it works for you go for it, just not me.


  • I started locking my 4 year old with Down syndrome in her bedroom at night a couple of weeks ago. Her 8 year old sister (both under a guardianship order) has a Reactive Attachment Disorder and started undressing her younger sister at night, keeping her awake and watching her naked little body and encouraging her to turn the room up side down. We felt we needed to protect her against this to happen, for both the girls, and lock the bedroom door at night.


  • Don’t think I like this idea but I do agree that each parent should do what right for them. It’s such a hard gig


  • Mmmm… not so sure about this. I wouldn’t like a child to feel unsafe and not having the possibility to go out, does that.


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