What can you do if your toddler hates his toddler bed?

  • SHARE THIS QUESTION:
jafloydci

Asked by jafloydci at 6:02 PM on Dec. 16, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

0 Level 1
This question is closed and filed in the CafeMom Encyclopedia.
Answers (9)
  • Have you tried putting rails up on the side of the bed to make him feel like he's secure. You can buy the kind that slips under the mattress. It probably is a security issue. But since he is almost 3yrs old I agree that he needs to be in a toddler bed. Give it some time and see if he will adjust...I bet he will. Best wishes!

    Southerncharmes

    Answer by Southerncharmes at 6:05 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: 19 Level 3
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • no just be firm and tell him thats his new bed, that he doesn't have a crib anymore and he's a big boy. It will take a couple nights for him to get used too. Maybe try sleeping in the room on the floor for the first couple nights or at least til he falls asleep o rread him stories til he falls asleep
    krazyash023

    Answer by krazyash023 at 6:05 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: 10 Level 2
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • no just be firm and tell him thats his new bed, that he doesn't have a crib anymore and he's a big boy. It will take a couple nights for him to get used too. Maybe try sleeping in the room on the floor for the first couple nights or at least til he falls asleep o rread him stories til he falls asleep
    krazyash023

    Answer by krazyash023 at 6:07 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: 10 Level 2
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • well this is probably hard for him because it's a new house, a new bed, a new style of life. Kids aren't that great with transition usually. My daughter went through that when we moved and I just laid in bed with her and acted like it was the coolest thing to be in her BIG bed and how awesome it was that it was hers. I also got rails for her and every time I put her to bed I would make sure she had a special stuffed animal or blanket that made her feel secure. it took a couple weeks but now she goes to bed without the stuffed animal or special blanket. So it may just be a matter of time.good luck.
    Mrs.Wills

    Answer by Mrs.Wills at 6:12 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: -1 Level 1
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • I can understand if he doesn't like it. Do you like sleeping in another bed? Is it because he is afraid that he will fall out of bed? If he is, try putting the mattress on the floor until he becomes comfortable with sleeping on the floor. Then, you could try putting the mattress back on the toddler bed. If that doesn't work, put him back in the crib and leave the side that goes up and down off. He will be able to get in and out of the crib when he needs to. You don't have to try it in the order I have written. You could start with the crib and progress from there. Try to find out why he hates the bed. Good luck.
    dustbunny

    Answer by dustbunny at 6:14 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: 5679 Level 18
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • This is exactly the problem my neighbour is having with her 2 year old. He hasn't settled properly in a bed since moving but will sleep in a bed at his dad's place.
    The guard rails are a good idea, my daughter liked one there to help her feel safe. Although she kept it until she was 5!
    jackdaw

    Answer by jackdaw at 6:15 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: 417 Level 10
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • If I were you I'd put his crib back up until he gets used to living in his new home. As long as children are out of their cribs by age 4 they can continue to sleep in them.
    twinclubmom

    Answer by twinclubmom at 7:23 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: 227 Level 8
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • There is no harm in putting him back in his crib. Everything in his little life has been turned upside down - new house, new sounds in the night, new bed. Why not work with him instead of forcing him to "be a big boy" and "grow up" as other posters are suggesting?

    I'd suggest leaving both up - if you have the room - and let him pick. The feeling of control may help him adjust to both the new house and the new bed quicker.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:59 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: 129 Level 6
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • I pushed the crib up next to the bed. My son felt the security of the crib, and could climb in there if he wanted.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 8:14 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

    Credits: 44558 Level 30
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
close Cafemom Join now to connect to other members! Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN