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How can I get my 2 1/2 yr old son to stay in his bed at night?

he wakes up and comes into our bed at night and when we put him back in his bed he cries and cries and keeps coming back into our bed

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Asked by proudmom2twins at 10:12 AM on Oct. 3, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • You could try the Super Nanny approach. It's on her website, but basically tell the child it is bedtime and then sit on the floor with your back to him. When he gets up you calmly put him back in his bed and say nothing. You might have to do it over and over and it might take several nights. Good luck.

    Answer by elizabr at 10:23 AM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • Establish a routine see the article so that knows when bed is, it is not a "negative" experience, and what is expected of him.  Take him back to bed when he comes in yours.  If repeatedly you take him back to bed and he still get up, I've heard of parents putting up a baby gate so that the door can be open, but he can't get out. 


    Answer by momjs at 10:58 AM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • stay away from tv an hour before bed and make it quiet time of staying in bed. At that time read to him talk with him and cuddle, but keep it quiet time. TV and like activities before bed make children restless in their sleep causing them to wake up more, and also can cause nightmares (leading to him coming to your room in the middle of the night). Also try getting him a safetly blanket, animal, or one of your shirts that your wore that way to keep with him at night.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 11:18 PM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • You just have to be persistent. My DS sleeps with his door closed so he can't get out at night (he can't open the door knob yet).

    Answer by mag12305cmg at 11:27 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • put him in bed and put up a baby gate or close the door. he may sleep on the floor by the door for a few nights but eventually he will get the idea

    Answer by Butterflysky_24 at 5:27 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

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