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She sleeps on the floor every night - bothered, or not??

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Thomcat Mon 04-Jul-05 21:55:08

She's happy to go to bed, wiggles down, gets a story, says 'night night' and by the time I've got to the bottom of the stairs she's got out and bum shuffled out, opened the door and laid herself down on the floor behind the closed stair gate which we have at her bedroom door.

We used to go stgraight to her, no words, or if any a few key words like 'dark, bed' stay, sleep' or whatever. We'd just put her back in and then leave, no fuss. But this would go on and on.

By the way, she never, ever calls out, she does all this very quietly.

So sometimes we didn't know she'd got up and we'd find her asleep but we nipped to the loo or went to bed ourselves.

So we ended up just leaving her there till she fell asleep and then put her in her bed.

Just now I've gone up and there she is on the floor. She's not quite fast asleep, so I put her in bed, lay with her stroking her back and hair etc. I get up and come down and I can hear that she has got out of bed and is back lying in her little spot!

What would you do?
Just leave her and not worry?
That's what I'm doing but just wondered what you might do if it was you.

Angeliz Mon 04-Jul-05 21:57:02

I'd be tempted to put her back before i go to bed each night.
She sounds so determined though that she'd probably get out again. I'd just worry about the cold!

QueenOfQuotes Mon 04-Jul-05 21:57:04

I'd leave her

Pixiefish Mon 04-Jul-05 21:57:35

Bless her tc. No suggestions sorry but it's terribly cute (or maybe its your description)

helsi Mon 04-Jul-05 21:58:23

I'd leave her too. It could be a comfort thing in that she can hear the tv downstairs and you and dh wandering about.

Twiglett Mon 04-Jul-05 21:58:44

I'd take lots and lots of photos

(and I'd leave her to it but when I went to bed I'd put her back in her bed)

RTKangaMummy Mon 04-Jul-05 21:59:33

She obviously likes it there

Carry on moving her when you go to bed if you are happy to do that

DS used to fall out of bed and sleep on the mattress we had next to his bed BUT it was on the floor

nannyjo Mon 04-Jul-05 22:00:00

how old is she??

Doddle Mon 04-Jul-05 22:00:02

Ds2 did this for nearly a year, if he was there before I went to bed I put him back, but he often got out again!! If he got out after we were asleep he just stayed there. It was exactly the same spot just behind the stairgate, it didn't seem to affect his quality of sleep and he eventually stopped doing it.

hth

MarsLady Mon 04-Jul-05 22:00:28

If she's sleeping, she's sleeping. I think it's sweet. DS1 STILL likes sleeping on the floor. Bless her. Take a photo!

edam Mon 04-Jul-05 22:02:54

Hmm that's a new one on me - L sure knows how to keep you on your toes, doesn't she?
I think, if this was ds, and he seemed happy with it, I'd be going down the same path as you - starting off putting him back in bed and then getting to the stage where I'd question whether it was really worth persisting when he was so determined and when it didn't seem to be causing any obvious harm. Not sure that's helpful...
I suppose people slept on floors before beds were around. And jesters used to sleep in the door of their master's room (maybe Lottie's teling you something here?!).

ghosty Mon 04-Jul-05 22:04:53

My niece used to sleep in the wardrobe ... she was about 2 and a half at the time and in the end SIL made up a little comfy bed in there. I think the stage lasted about 6 months or so.

Thomcat Mon 04-Jul-05 22:06:48

Cool, okay that's what I thought.

Nannyjo, she's 3.5 but has Down's syndrome, so is a bit more like an 18 month old in many ways.

I put a little quilted lanket down in her spot and make sure she's in pj's and yes do put her to bed as soon as she's asleep, or when we notice she is.

She's always back there by the time morning comes though.

At least she's quiet and does it with no fuss. You're right, although she loves her big girls bed she must just prefer sleeping on the floor.

Ahhh, bless, what a mad kid

kama Mon 04-Jul-05 22:08:42

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Flum Mon 04-Jul-05 22:09:09

Thats so sweet. I would put a lambskin rug down to keep her cosy then maybe put her in her bed when she is asleep.

Ahhh gone all soft and fluffy now.

nannyjo Mon 04-Jul-05 22:11:57

bless her, i'd leave her, if she's happy then thats cool, sure it's just a phase. she's safe. i don't know about the duvet cos that might be encouraging her??? she obviously comfy without it

edam Mon 04-Jul-05 22:13:08

Love the bed in the wardrobe story Ghosty.

Thomcat Mon 04-Jul-05 22:15:27

Okay, just been up and she's on her back with her legs up the wall, snoring!
She's in bed now!

RTKangaMummy Mon 04-Jul-05 22:19:16

Do the hot water pipes go under her floor at that point?

Was just wondering if there is a hot spot on that bit of floor

Thomcat Mon 04-Jul-05 22:24:22

Hey, do you know what, i think they might. Oh how funny! She's like a little cat!

RTKangaMummy Mon 04-Jul-05 22:27:23



That is lovely

lockets Mon 04-Jul-05 22:28:09

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milge Mon 04-Jul-05 22:31:36

TC, my dd used to get out of her bed and sleep under the bed. Her twin bro sleeps on the floor between their bds, he makes a den with her pillow and his duvet - its like clambering over a linen mountain to find either of them

milge Mon 04-Jul-05 22:33:09

hijac, sorry, but while you are around TC, I have sent you a CAT as i need some advice re DS, if thats ok!

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