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switched our monkey to a toddler bed now how to get him to stay put

at nap time he gets up and plays then crys at the baby gate we have at the dppr so he cant wander to get him to take a nap

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Asked by franklynnsmom at 3:54 PM on Aug. 31, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • mine just started big bed last week
    how long have you been at it?

    mine is napping in her bed today!!!
    first time she just stayed in there
    i was surprised and i know this is not going to be the way it is from now on, it is most likely a fluke
    so i will be patient tomorrow when she naps (or i try to get her to nap)

    Answer by boredmom44 at 3:57 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • 2 night is perfect no crying its wonderful but at nap he wants to play and not sleep but no nap means whiney fussy all evening

    Answer by franklynnsmom at 3:59 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • If he's much younger than two, you might want to put the crib back up and buy a crib tent. If he's older, try patting his back until he goes to sleep or just putting him back in repeatedly.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:04 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • i am with you
    DD escaped playpen when visiting mom, next day at home she escaped her crib
    that was over a week ago
    first few nights, she did not sleep through, which she always did in crib, last two she has slept through the night
    as for naps, that is a different story, last two days she was in her room, not staying in her bed, she finally PASSED OUT on her floor, it was pretty cute and close to her bed
    and she was crying less at gate

    today she is napping in her bed, i did not have to go up and put her back in time and time again
    so day is a victory, not counting on it happening again tomorrow, but if it does i will be thrilled

    sounds like you are doing fine, it is a big change, be consistant, firm yet not too mad when he gets out, patience patience patience just like with lots of kids stuff

    he'll get there, and you will too (maybe with a few more wrinkles and gray hair-but you will get there=lol)

    Answer by boredmom44 at 4:05 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • The stay in bed tech. that super nanny uses! Just start about 30-45 minutes before hand. You'll want to take the baby gate down.
    Do you routine for nap time then tell him it's nap time. In bed he goes. First couple of times he gets out you repeat it's nap time and put him back. After that you don't say anything, don't get frustrated don't make eye contact. After a few days he'll just go down for a nap when it's time.
    Good Luck!

    Answer by 2murphyboys at 4:08 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • I do the super nanny approach as above. Just keep putting back to bed first few times you can say it's nap time and tuck in but each time after no eye contact, no words. Just put in bed. It may take a while, and several days, but before you know it, it won't be a problem.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • I remember having the same problem earlier this year when we moved our son to a bed. The first day he played in his room then amazingly enough, climbed into his bed and went to sleep. After that, forget it. I found that getting rid of the gate and closing the door (with a knob protector on that prevents him from opening the door), helped. he seemed less interested in what was outside his room when he couldn't see it. More likely to just stay in bed. Some days I rocked him to sleep just to get the nap in then just backed off how long I rocked him until we were back to a regular naptime routine.

    Answer by momofryan07 at 4:31 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • thank you all for your help

    Answer by franklynnsmom at 4:31 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

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