View Full Version : Stay in your bed....please
05-14-2009, 08:01 AM
Our daughter learned to get out of her crib at 18 months. So we converted her crib to a bed. At first we didn't have a problem with her staying in her bed at night. Now at 20 months, even when she is dog tired and cannot keep her eyes open she just won't stay in her bed. I give her a bath at bedtime, read stories, rock her, and I even went so far as to sleep on the floor of her room...yes the floor, and and hour and a half later when I was sure she was asleep the moment I left her room........she got up! Does anyone out there have any other ideas.
05-14-2009, 11:13 AM
We had the same problem with our DD when we moved her to a big girl bed. And I did the same thing - staying on her bed until she fell asleep, sleeping on the floor throughout the night, etc. It was ridiculous. I had tried doing what Super Nanny says - just kept putting her back in her bed, no talking to her, over and over and over. Seriously, I lost count after about 200 times of putting her back in her bed in one night! Finally I had had enough and I put my foot down. I put a safety knob cover on her door so she couldn't open it. We had tried a baby gate but our little smarty pants figured out how to get over it. The first night I put the knob cover on was pretty rough - she screamed at us for about 30 minutes before finally crawling back in bed and going to sleep. She wasn't just learning to stay in her bed/room, because I had stayed in her room until she fell asleep so many times she had to learn how to fall asleep without me there. It was like sleep training all over again!
Ever since then she has slept in her bed / room with no problems. Sometimes she has bad dreams, tells me she's afraid of the 'monster', so I told her the knob cover was a special door knob that keeps that monsters out. This was about 4 months ago. A couple weeks ago I felt she was ready for me to take the cover off and she about flipped a lid, telling me to put it back on so the monsters can't get in! :)
05-14-2009, 11:23 AM
BTW - we still use a baby monitor, so even though she can't come out of her room we can still hear her and know she's okay.
05-14-2009, 11:48 AM
Great suggestion...thank you!
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