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Any suggestions on how to 'persuade' ds (2.5) to stay in his bed past 05:00???

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MrsBigD Mon 26-Feb-07 12:04:41

without physically tying him to the bed or locking his bedroom door?

He has started coming into our bed as well during the night, but I think that is partially due to moving and partially due to him getting a bit cold at night. We now turn his little radiator on and he only wanders in once around 01:30. However, come 05:00 he's wide awake, climbs into our bed and wants to play. We've tried putting him back into his bad with very stern 'go back to sleep' or such but to no avail. DH is loosing his tempter and will be migrating to the sofa!


Astrophe Mon 26-Feb-07 12:15:15


Could you try an alarm clock of some sort, and promise a treat/star on chart if he stays until the aarm goes? Set it for 5.15am, then gradually 5.30am etc?

Or could he go to bed a little later? Or drop a nap if he still has one?

PS, hows are there now yes?

Astrophe Mon 26-Feb-07 12:16:48

Bunny alarm clock

MrsBigD Mon 26-Feb-07 12:29:00

not in Oz yet, we moved but within UK. Oz has slid back to in 2-3 years

Will have a look at the bunny alarm clock. I'm willin to try anything ;)

We've tried putting him down later but still he is there at 05:00. Could set a clock after him! He sometimes naps during the day but not always and whether he has a nap or not no difference on being a morning lark

Astrophe Mon 26-Feb-07 12:38:58

bother! My DD of similar age is a devil for nocturnal visits, but not an early riser, thankfully. A combination of 'quick cuddle, then straight back into her bed', plus bribery (stay in bed all night and get a lollipop) is helping. I think also it is a phase - something she needs for a while and is growing out of.

Eleusis Mon 26-Feb-07 12:45:48

I'd take him straight back to bed every time he appears -- without exception. And morning birbery might be a good idea too. Like, if you sleep in your bed all night, then you can pick your cereal in the morning. (no chance I'd hand over a lolipop at 6 am! I am the junk food gestapo until after lunch)

Astrophe Mon 26-Feb-07 12:48:21

lol, yes DH was rather shocked to see DD eating a lollipop for breaky! Unfortunately its only happened 3 times - she usually comes in once a night at least.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 26-Feb-07 12:50:00

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Eleusis Mon 26-Feb-07 12:51:51

Can someone decode Cod's message for me. I swear that woman must have no fingers.

Astrophe Mon 26-Feb-07 12:52:01

Cod, c'mon, I might want to google whatever it is you're trying to tell us...write in english woman!

IdrisTheDragon Mon 26-Feb-07 12:54:56

I think she's saying the colour clock is LOADS better.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 26-Feb-07 12:55:41

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Astrophe Mon 26-Feb-07 12:58:25


MrsBadger Mon 26-Feb-07 12:59:29

and she has fins of course

Astrophe Mon 26-Feb-07 13:01:06

Not sure if I am understanding the colour clock, but doesn't it mean you only get 15 minutes extra sleep of a weekend?

Eleusis Mon 26-Feb-07 13:02:19

Sorry, but I think that colour clock is a tad complicated for a 2 year old.

Eleusis Mon 26-Feb-07 13:02:59

And too complicated for Astrophe!

(think you are supposed to watch the hour hand)

Astrophe Mon 26-Feb-07 13:04:39

so you get an extra 3 hours of a weekend then???

waaaay too complicated for me!

liquidclocks Mon 26-Feb-07 13:14:38

I was thinking about getting this one... don't know if it will help though

Eleusis Mon 26-Feb-07 13:24:47

Oh, I like that one. My thick DD could comprehend that.

MrsBigD Mon 26-Feb-07 13:26:17

Thanks everybody

Eleusius... you're not just junk food gestapo you're plain gestapo... I've seen you with your kids! I admire that you can control them so well Me I'm a big fat softie.

The 'straight back to bed' doesn't quite work. I think he then comes in deliberately just to get a cuddle whlist being carried back. Have to carry as there's no way he'll walk... he does a very good impression of wet potatoe sack iykwim

shall discuss options with dh... we shall see which model he understands and then we go for that one

Eleusis Mon 26-Feb-07 13:29:02

My kids are not always well controlled. But it doesn't keep me from trying.

You could always lock YOUR bedroom door.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 26-Feb-07 13:35:31

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Eleusis Mon 26-Feb-07 13:40:10

Ha, see. Cod agrees with me. Take him back EVERY time.

Cod, I think your boys might be smarter/older than my kids. (actually as I recall your number 3 is exactly the same age as my nuber 1, so perhaps they are cleverer)

FluffyMummy123 Mon 26-Feb-07 13:40:44

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