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    Default How do I get my 2yo to stay in bed?!

    So the little guy is a runner by nature and now he's in his big bed I'm at a total loss as to how to get him to stay there and to go to sleep.. He's been up to 11 for 2 weeks now and we just can't run on this little amount of sleep.
    He thinks it's a game. He can escape his cot and sleeping bag so the big bed is the only option. I lay with him, breast feed, frickin everything and he just gets up and runs out of the room.

    I'm so frustrated I want to smack his little bum!!!! But that won't achieve anything...

    What do I do!!??

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    It's a phase. I know that's not helpful right now but it is.

    My son moved to a bed at 26 months because he could climb out but he wasn't ready so I put him back in the cot and it helped. If you're worried about him hurting himself, then put the side down a little bit.

    It is a nightmare phase and I am going through the same thing with my youngest who is 3 but she's usually asleep by 9 at the latest, which is still too late but getting better. I lay outside her room on a kids' fold out lounge thing so she doesn't get out of bed. She still gets out but not as much. It's been about 4 weeks and I'm thinking it will be another 2 weeks before I can put her in bed and trust she will stay there.

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    My ds was doing this from 22-23 months. And we've coslept since birth. He stopped once the novelty wore off.

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    So do I keep putting him back to bed every 30 seconds for hours and hours or give up and let him roam the house til he's a delirious mess?

    I took him for a quick drive tonight and it did the trick but that's just not happening every night..

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    You just put them back in bed and say nothing. He will eventually get that it doesn't get him any attention.

    My daughter had gone from getting out of bed every 30 seconds to getting out maybe 5 or 6 times.

    It takes time and it's frustrating but you just have to put up with it until he knows the deal. It could take weeks

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    Yeah it does take awhile to improve...
    I found ds was much worse on days he had had a big nap so limiting his day sleep or wearing him out more before bed did seem to help.

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    Damn it, I was afraid you guys would say that 😩

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    I'll no doubt get crucified for this...my DD was 27mths when DS1 was born, and in the horrific phase you have described above. She thought it was hilarious! And was miserable the next day with fatigue (as was I ) It went on for weeks despite the constant returning to bed every.single.time....
    I ended up locking her door (light on) after lots of warnings that "next time I'm going to shut your door". She'd throw a tanty behind the door for 5 mins and then fall asleep. The first 2-3 times she fell asleep on the carpet behind the door, after that she didn't bother with the getting up caper, and went to sleep, in her bed without fuss.
    "Respectful Parenting"? (as new term for me!) Probably not, but it worked, and worked in 3 days. We were all a lot happier!

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    Our daughter was a bit older by the time she started doing that. We put a baby gate on her room...did the trick :P

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    We usually gave up after maybe 6 returns to bed. If he persisted in getting up then obviously he wasn't tired so kept him up until he was.

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