Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

i am trying to switch my 2 year old to a toddler bed because he has learned how to climb out of his bed.

but the only thing is when we try to put him in his crib his entire life he has always thrown a huge fit. its like ww3 and i am scared that he wont go to sleep if he can get up and out of bed on his own. help any advice

Answer Question

Asked by s_lanpher at 10:36 PM on Jan. 17, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

Level 1 (0 Credits)
Answers (6)
  • Perhaps it is OK if he doesn't stay in bed. Have a nightlight or two in his room, and if he decides to get up and play then it's OK, as long as he stays in his room. Perhaps you can even suggest that he "read" some of his books until he feels sleepy enough to fall asleep.

    Answer by Bmat at 10:39 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • sorry no advice...i will be getting here soon with my daughter. and i am worried too. ha ha hopefully you get some good replies and he handles it better than you think. good luck!

    Answer by aly38914290 at 10:45 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • According to supernanny, you can stay in there with him untill he falls asleep, at first. But there are other rules to it. Maybe check out her website for the rest of the process. Good luck, you can do it. :)

    Answer by JackieGirl007 at 12:21 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • I can't imagine supernanny saying that! He's old enough to understand that bed time is bed time.. when he gets the big boy bed he'll have to learn that he has to go to sleep when it is time.. but you have to be consistant with bedtime every night... if he gets out .. the first few times its like okay get what you need to back to bed.. and then you just take them over and over again until they don't get out... you can still use the things that you might put in the crib like the light up musical things to help them go to sleep... he's old enough for a big boy bed so just do it and don't look back.. my daughter was in a toddler bed before 12 months... she's fallen out once and i blame restless sleeping from getting shots that day .. just make sure the room is baby proof incase he gets out in the middle of the night.. and put a gate up so if he opens the door he won't escape.

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 2:28 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • well mine was also a handful and climbed out of bed all night. then we got a gate and he couldnt get out of his room anymore. so we put a regular qeunn sized mattress in his room on the floor for him and his sister, so now if he wakes up or doesnt want to sleep he jumps around and plays in his room and jumps in bed when he gets tired. also i dont mind letting him cry for 10 minutes or so while trying to get to sleep. i will lay him down and when he gets up i let him cry for a few and then lay him down again. it only takes about once or twice for him to get to sleep now

    Answer by secondtyme520 at 10:03 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • If/When he gets out of bed, calmly tell him it's time for sleep, love you, goodnight then put him back and leave. Next time just say goodnight and put him back. Anytime you have to put him back in bed after that, say nothing, just calmly put him back in bed. Don't get frustrated, don't interact, don't get angry.... literally no response but putting him back in bed. It likely won't take more than a week for him to stay in bed. Just be sure not to react to his doing it in anyway that gives it attention.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.