When my son transitioned from our bed to his own at 2 years- we put him into the same routine as the other kids. Jammies on, teeth brushed, story, into bed. My husband and I took turns for about a month- we put him into bed, gave him a kiss and turned off the lights. If he got up, we picked him up and put him back into bed, pulled up blankets and sat back down on the chair. Never saying a word.
For about a week, he cried. The next week, he spent a while talking until he fell asleep. The third week, he cried again. The last week, he talked and we moved our chairs outside the door. That full week, he tried getting up again- but we were still there. Just picked him up and put him back into bed. Never say a word. (Sometimes, I'd kiss his forehead. :-)
One day, almost at the end of week 4... he never got up again. The next night, same thing and I went downstairs.
From then on- he goes right into his bed and goes to sleep. :-)
at 8:36 PM on Jan. 26, 2010