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getting my toddler sleeping in her own bed June 18, 2004 4:59 PM

Hi! I have a 3 yr old girl and she will not stay long in her bed every night. If she wakes up in the middle of the night, she would climb up my bed to sleep beside me and refuse to sleep on hers. Could anyone give any advise or tips on this matter......please..thank you.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Dear Nurul, June 18, 2004 5:54 PM

my first advice would be just to be patient - and enjoy . Perhaps she needs to FEEL you close to her. But if you need more space for yourself, you could try to place a bed or mattress for your daughter next to your bed. So that if she wakes up you can hold her hand and assure her that you are there. Good luck! Carola  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Nurul June 18, 2004 11:27 PM

Hi, I have a three year old who still co-sleeps. My husband and I laugh because we spent a lot of money on "the best" bassinet, crib and toddler bed...none of which my daughter has used for more than a few naps here or there. Our bassinet even had a little vibrating thingy and we had the womb bear to simulate heart sounds. Well, womb bear sounds more like upset tummy bear and as soon as my daughter left the warmth of my breast she went into hysterics. Now, she has her own toddler bed that she chose and has even helped decorate her room, but she still sleeps in my bed, in my room ,with me..and that's okay. She has informed me that when she "grows four" she will sleep in her "big girl bed". I'll allow her ot make that choice. If getting enough sleep due to wiggly toddler is an issue, I suggest a well placed pillow after she falls asleep. We have a king bed, so there is usually enough space. Also, you might try sleeping with her near the toddler bed..or move the bed into your room as Carola suggested. Does she have a favorite toy or blanket that might provide comfort? Does she nap in the toddler bed? If so, that might help ease the transition. It should be a peaceful transition based on her comfort level though. Good luck.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 21, 2004 6:33 AM

Thanks very much for the advise gals! I'll give it a try.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 21, 2004 10:36 PM

My 3 year old and my 4 month old both sleep in my bed with me. Here are a couple of articles about some of the benefits of sleeping with your toddler:  [ send green star]
 June 22, 2004 3:12 PM

My son sleeps in his own toddler bed. It was hard at first. I just had he sleeping in it for naps during the day. Then, at night I would stay with him until he fell asleep for a couple of weeks. Then he just started to relize it was his bed and now he enjoys having a bed all to himself. He does sleep with us sometimes. I don't ever make him sleep in his bed if he's scared. And if just on a whim he wants to sleep with us taht's fine with me. I mean our children grow up so fast, we should be happy they still want to sleep with us!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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