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Toddler bed woes

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flipflopson5thavenue Thu 12-Jan-17 20:23:07

How do you keep your 2yo in their bed. At bedtime and I'm the night.


FATEdestiny Thu 12-Jan-17 22:47:24

Wouldn't it be easier if 2 year old was in a cot still?

flipflopson5thavenue Fri 13-Jan-17 12:22:07

yes, but he climbed out - rather inconveniently!

FATEdestiny Fri 13-Jan-17 13:42:57

Well it could be said that you have a battle of wills ahead of you to deal with the behaviour issue that he is not staying in his bed.

Climbing out of the cot is exactly the same behaviour issue. So you would deal with it in exactly the same way you are going to have to with the bed.

Plus you get the added benefit of the security cot sides being a toddler. Plus it being over-all safer for the toddler to be in the cot rather than a bed, once The Rules (ie lying quiet at sleep time) are established. Plus you get no extra problem of messing around in bedroom when it should be sleep time.

But if you don't feel you can go back to the Cit, I would deal with it by use of Rapid Return and a behaviour expectations mantra.

The instant child even so much as sits up, certainly if they get out of bed, you get to then as quickly as possible and immediately return to lying down in bed.

Little interaction in this return aside from repeating the mantra. Some thing like "we lie down quietly to sleep. It's sleep time now, Nan night".

Every shout. Every movement. Quickly return to then, repeat mantra, leave. Repeat repeat repeat until they eventually accept The Rules.

(You could deal with cot climbing in exactly the same way)

CurlsNoMore Fri 13-Jan-17 14:10:26

Is there a reason you are concerned? Safety or the disturbance (for them and/or you)? Are they coming into your bed for reassurance/cuddle?

Namechangefail Fri 13-Jan-17 14:34:23

Moving out of a cot can be for other reasons than safety. We moved our 2yo because he was too big for it and was waking himself up by hitting the sides. He's a tall 2yo admittedly- 99.9 percentile

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