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    Default Staying in their own bed

    I can't get DS who is 4 years old to stay in his own bed. He comes in to our room 1-2 times a night. I take him right back to his bed and get in with him which he is fine about but it doesn't stop him. Sometimes he climbs in next his father so he can sleep with us as he knows DH won't wake up or just won't take him back to his bed. But he mostly comes to me.

    I will be having DD soon and I don't need to be having extra wake up calls during the night and I so don't need him in bed with us as I am a light sleeper and he annoys me. ANy suggestions on keeping him in his own bed. He has night lights in his room he got for his birthday which helps as he will happily go back to his own bed and wouldn't before I use to have to carry him crying bc he didn't want to go back.

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    I have been having the exact same problem with me 2.5 year old. I also had a bub who is now 9weeks and have been struggling with both up throughout the night all this time. Her bedtime routine is the same every night - dinner, bath, stories in bed, sleep at the same time each night. I can't seem to get anything to work except threatening to close the door and turn off the light (she insists on sleeping with a light on outside her room). I often have to go through with the threat two or three times at which point she screams and I open the door and turn the light on again. Then she will finally stay until morning. Some nights this is keeping me up for two or three hours. That plus the new born is killing me sleep wise. I have been searching for answers everywhere, but no one seems to have a solution. I have tried all sorts of different techniques but nothing seems to work as each night she is up again. She will usually stay in bed initially until around 12am which is when the saga begins. I know she is warm enough as she has a thermometer in her room. When I take her back to her room and put her to bed, she doesn't cry until I try to leave the room. I am at my wits end and would appreciate any advice.My only comfort is that so many other mums seem to have the same issues so I know I am not alone.

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    No advice but lots of empathy - we have a 6 year old and a four year old sneaking in most nights. It's musical beds around here and often dh gets the boot. Drives me crazy! and i don't know how to fix it.

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    Same here... DD nearly 5 is in our bed everynight. But I'm too tired to take her back so just let her stay.. I know I'm gonna regret that soon !

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    DS is almost 2.5 and I am being induced with DD on Monday so I'm really interested in any advise because I am panic stricken over what will happen when bub arrives.

    Currently it takes us about an hour to get DS to sleep at night as he just keeps getting out of bed. He has the same bedtime routine, dinner, bath, family cuddle, bed. We put him down at 7 but its normally about 8 before he goes to sleep. He will sleep to somewhere around 11, get up, normally at that time we can resettle him quickly but when he wakes at 1.30/2am it usually takes about 40-60 minutes to resettle him and then he will wake between 4-5 am at which point we often let him into our bed as I'm too tired and pregnant to fight anymore. He wakes around 6 am.

    We have tried a groclock, he loves it but doesn't stay till the sun comes up. We have a Wiggles sticker book on top of the TV unit for him if he stays in his bed all night, while he wants the book, not enough to stop him getting up. So bribery has failed. We are at our wits end and I am knackered. My BFF is going to take DS overnight tomorrow so both DH and I can get some sleep before being induced on Monday so we are not totally shattered before labour but surely there has to be a better way.

    Any advice would be greatly welcomed and to all the other mummas of non-sleepers, hugs, I feel your pain.

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    All my kids who slept straight through from a young age started waking again around 2.5-3 yrs old and have come into our bed. We had a mattress next to the bed and I said they could come and have a cuddle and then they could sleep on the mattress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annabella View Post
    All my kids who slept straight through from a young age started waking again around 2.5-3 yrs old and have come into our bed. We had a mattress next to the bed and I said they could come and have a cuddle and then they could sleep on the mattress.
    this is what we will do as well


 

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