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My son has been in a toodler bed for about a month. The first few weeks he was fine. But now he is up and down like a yoyo. We have tried, just walking him back, saying nothing, he then is up within seconds. After 3 hours of this last night, it resulted in hubby sleeping on the floor next to the bed. Any suggestions.

Posted anonymously, 8th January 2014

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  • :( great question! We need help too!

  • It sounds like a ‘separation anxiety’ type thing. Maybe ‘dress’ a favourite teddy in something that has yours or your husbands ‘scent’ on it and explain to him that as Mummy and Daddy need their sleep too you are going to get the teddy to ‘care’ for him in his bed so you can ALL get a good nights sleep.

  • Stick with it, be strict explaining that it is bedtime that he is a big boy now and big boys stay in there own bed. Maybe do up a reward chart so if he stays in bed for a week straight he gets a treat. You will get there it just takes time :)

  • It took us years (literally) to solve this with our son. None of the expert recommendations worked. However, a child safety gate across his door did help him to some extent – it sent a message.

  • It takes time for liitle ones to get use to sleeping on their own. When they do one night I made a big deal on how fantastic they were. I made them try the next night and the next etc.

  • Don’t worry – I had sleep problems with mine too, one slept in her room alone from 10months without waking, the middle slept with us for a little bit then next to us in the same room and then the last refused to be in the bed with us and then changed her mind when she was a toddler and it’s taken ages to ‘wean’ her to another area. He might be scared of the new changes. Perhaps he could sleep where he was and slowly move him one ofr two nights to his new bed. Sometimes I would lay there till they fell asleep and then go back to my own bed. A special nighttime blanket or toy might help.

  • To learn you must keep out at it so he learns he is going straight back to bed,then he will stop getting up. It took me a month with my child .

  • I would often lie down beside my toddler son and sing him a song so that he would drift off to sleep, and then I would quietly leave. This worked a treat. Your son has only been in his big bed a month so he is still getting used to it. Make sure he has his favourite toy with him for company. Maybe leave a night light on until he is sound asleep.

  • safety gate sounds great but put a matress down incase he decides to leap out!

  • I think a safety gate is the way to go. U might get some sleep then.

  • A safety gate is highly recommended. So at least should he get up through the night while you are asleep he shouldn’t get into anything he shouldn’t. Otherwise just letting him play in his room if he’s happy doing that and then eventually laying him down or he may lay himself down once he is tired.

  • keeping an eye on this as my 2yo is doing the same. looking for suggestions also

  • The safety gate option is a good onea but keep persisting in putting him back in bed.

  • Just keep putting them back to bed and hopefully they will get the idea its sleep time, maybe a night light might help?

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