Our son co-slept with us for several months after I converted his crib to a toddler bed. I finally started working with him in February to get him used to sleeping in his own bed. Persistence is the key. And routine. With my son, it starts out w/ a bedtime story (2 or 3, depending), then lights out, musical crib toy on, cuddle/rocking time w/ me. He usually sing some of his favorite nursery songs and then I'll put him to bed. At first, he would get out of bed several times and DH or I would make him go right back to bed. Sometimes I would sit in front of his door and as soon as he got up, I'd send him back. It took a few weeks, but it got easier, and tho he will sometimes get up once or twice, he generally stays in bed.
I admit, he's not completely broken of the habit of sleeping with us. He will sometimes still crawl into bed w/ us at night which really doesn't bother us, so we let him stay.
at 3:50 PM on Jun. 15, 2010