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5/28/14 7:27 P

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thanks everybody for the help. i will try the suggestions and see what works. i just wish it was easier on me. Weve had too many sleepless nights, thanks again!!!!

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5/28/14 2:00 P

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I have the same problem with my little guy. Even if I get him to bed at night, he inevitably wakes up in the middle of the night to come to bed. I'm going to try the gate and see how that works.

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5/28/14 1:12 P

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We got an extra tall gate so she can't get out. I was too guilt ridden about just closing the door, and with the gate I can look in quickly and quietly to see what she's up to. She plays a lot, but she'll eventually settle down and sleep.

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5/20/14 10:38 P

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Not the typical method, but I put a full sized bed in my toddlers room and got a bed rail. I lay down with him until he goes to sleep and then leave. He gets better and better every night.
And a consistent bedtime routine.
If he gets up, I keep the light out and don't talk to him or play with him, I just remind him mommy is sleeping, it's time for night night. He doesn't really get up bc he knows it won't be fun.

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4/14/14 9:16 A

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It does sound cruel, but we turned the doorknob around on my son's door so we can lock him in. As soon as he's asleep, we unlock it. We have had mannnny sleepless nights because he'd rather sleep in our bed, but when we stick to a regular nighttime routine and are firm he gets used to it. I just don't seem to learn my lesson, because every few weeks I slip up and let him get away with sleeping in our bed and then it starts all over. You'd be doing yourself a favor to stick with it. He does cry for the first night or two when we stick to the routine, but eventually he goes to sleep. This is the hardest part, but believe me, he's ok.

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4/6/14 8:29 A

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I wish I had advice -- I can so relate to toddler nighttime antics it isn't even funny. Mine won"t sleep all night emoticon I did have problems having mine stay in bed when I laid him down and here are a few things that I did (these may not help but they worked for me one thing I've learned with mine is that these kids are certainly individuals so it is a lot of trial and error stuff)

For one, we put one of those door knob covers on the inside of his door (you know the ones that are child-resistant -- we did it primarialy because we live in a bi-level and I didn't want him being able to get out of the room and try to navigate the stairs in the middle of the night). Some people recommend putting a lock on the door. It really isn't cruel. I read the book "Healthy Baby, Healthy Sleep" or something like that... and he recomended it. It will make it so he can't get out of his room.

I've started laying down the rules before bed. "Stay in Bed" "Don't get out" "bedtime" etc just to reinforce what time it is.

Solid bedtime routine is key. Do the same things at the same time and DON"T waver from it if possible. We do a bath sometimes, then jammies, teeth brushing, stories, he goes and says goodnight to daddy and his older brothers and sister, then I tuck him in.

Probably the BIGGEST thing for us was letting him eliminate his nap. We would lay him down at 8:30 and he would bounce around his room for sometimes a solid hour and a half, but when he quit taking naps it completely changed. I honestly don't recommend this unless your little one is COMPLETELY ready to not take naps because sometimes no nap has the complete opposite effect on bedtime, they become wired, grouchy, temper tantrums, etc. Mine had fought naps for a long, long time and it was only after discussing it with the nurse in my doctor's office we determined he might not be needing naps anymore.

One other thing my nurse suggested to me was when it was time for bed, lay him down and leave. Just leave don't go back in and eventually they will get the idea that it is bedtime and they will play and be crazy for awhile, but if you don't go in there it will become less of a game. It did work for bedtime, he lays right down and goes to sleep. Now if I could just get mine to STAY asleep emoticon

One thing we've learned is that it is a lot of tough love. It sucks to listen to them cry, but if you don't want him in bed with you, you have to really take a stand with him. I would suggest the doorknob cover that way he can't get out. It will probably make him mad when he can't get out but he'll get the idea. Trust me, I totally get the feeling of being lost with sleep. My little guy (he'll be three in July) has NOT been a good sleeper at all. He's my fourth and I have spent the better part of the last two and a bit years sleep deprived. My other ones made sleep so easy they went to bed easy, slept all night and woke up in the morning. This one.... ugh, not so much. Good luck, it is so hard. Hang in there, mama!

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4/6/14 6:45 A

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My 2 year old has become so attached to me that I don't get a break, even at night. My husband works nights, so its up to me to deal with this...HELP! I didn't have an issue with my oth my other 2 boys because it seemed so much easier not to let them stay with me only when they were sick. But now if I do that with my baby, he seems to think its ok all the time. I've had his crib partway set up with his toddler bed also in the room because I thought if he had the bigger bed he'd transfer easier...not the case. I've tried putting the mattress back in the crib, he climbs out....I'm so tired from being kicked and wacked in the night by him that I don't have a clue any more what to do. I'm extremely frustrated by not getting a break from him, not even to use the bathroom sometimes. What can I do and how do I go about it?....any advice will be helpful. I know I shouldn't have started it in the first place but when they don't feel well you wanna do what you can to comfort them. HELP! Thanks!

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