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when you move your toddler to a big bed they'll constantly be jumping out and wandering into your bedroom

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fisil Wed 16-Feb-05 19:30:38

If only!

Ds will not move from his bed unless we go to him. As he is in the loft conversion and we are on the 1st floor we just don't hear him. It's also a bit annoying having to go up to him just to come straight back down with him again.

So how do we train him to get out of bed on his own and come and find us?

Lonelymum Wed 16-Feb-05 19:50:36

He will eventually (well you knew that anyway as I am sure you did not envisage collecting your teenager from his bed!) How long has he been in his bed? Was he trying to climb out of his cot before? If not, it is not surprising that he hasn't yet worked out that he can leave the bed by himself.

fisil Wed 16-Feb-05 19:55:33

lol at collecting my teenager!

He's been in the bed about 2 months now and before that he was in his cot without the side on it for about two months. He never tried to climb out of his cot!

Lonelymum Wed 16-Feb-05 19:59:07

I can't remember how long it took my kids to work out they could leave the bed themselves. Ds1 used to climb out of the cot so I reckon he knew straightaway and ds2 had ds1 in the room with him so ditto. I think dd was the one who took her time to work it out, but it came eventually. Can you try shouting to him in an encouraging way or are we talking about very early in the morning before the house is properly awake?

fisil Wed 16-Feb-05 20:11:28

We could try shouting, yes - might annoy the neighbours, but hey! I've been trying going upstairs and standing at his door and saying "come downstairs for a cuddle"

popsycal Wed 16-Feb-05 20:12:39

get a two way baby alarm and then tell him to come down?
practice it as a game first??

fisil Wed 16-Feb-05 20:28:45

that's what we're currently doing, popsy. But we want to stop that before baby comes!

fisil Wed 16-Feb-05 20:30:06

oh, and even though we did it as a game first, he still just sits in bed chatting to the two way monitor. When we eventually give in and go up to his room he tells me that he's been talking to mummy. And he often picks it up and turns it off (thinking that it is how to use it!)

Whizzz Wed 16-Feb-05 20:30:44

How about a trail of biscuits !
Sorry - it's been one of those days !!!

fisil Wed 16-Feb-05 20:35:06

we like that one, whizz!

Clayhead Wed 16-Feb-05 20:36:23

Snap with our dd, she has never come to us despite us begging her to .

She's been in her bed for 18 months and we're still hoping!

Posey Wed 16-Feb-05 20:40:52

Dd never came out of her bed when she wanted us, just yelled down until we heard her, until ds was born. We told her she couldn't yell anymore as she may wake him up. She was 5.5 when he was born

mummytummy Wed 16-Feb-05 20:43:12

DD1 has only just started to get out of her bed - she has been in her bed since November, and she used to call us whenever she wanted to get out (quite funny really), but she was ill last week, and she started coming in to us. Tonight we have had to keep putting her back into her bed. We are in a bungalow (although we're about to convert our loft too), so the living room is on the same floor as her bedroom, I think curiosity is now going to get the better of her!!

mummytummy Wed 16-Feb-05 20:43:45

DD1 has only just started to get out of her bed - she has been in her bed since November, and she used to call us whenever she wanted to get out (quite funny really), but she was ill last week, and she started coming in to us. Tonight we have had to keep putting her back into her bed. We are in a bungalow (although we're about to convert our loft too), so the living room is on the same floor as her bedroom, I think curiosity is now going to get the better of her!!

fisil Wed 16-Feb-05 22:35:31

at least we're not the only ones then!

tiredemma Thu 17-Feb-05 21:43:35

my ds1 (age4) will NEVER get out of bed unless we go into him, he never has, even when we first took the sides off his old cot.
ds2 however (22mths) totally different, we took the sides down on his cot and he was wandering round upstairs!

pipsy1 Fri 18-Feb-05 14:35:42

Our problem is totally opposite. DD won't stay in her bed at all! She gets up the minute our back is turned. Eventually she falls asleepin bed but when she wakes in the night she gets straight out and then cries when she gets stuck at the stair gate, whereas when she was in her cot we didn't hear a peep all night. Wish we could put her back......

Newbarnsleygirl Fri 18-Feb-05 14:46:01

I once read a tip about putting a timer on a lamp and this couple explained to their daughter that she could get out of bed when the lamp came on.

They did it because she was getting up so early so they changed the timer to come on 15 mins later every 2 days.

It could work depending how old he is and if he understands.

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