My son is almost 4 and has part time co slept since he was a bub. This was always fine (so please no judgement on co-sleeping) as we all got sleep, however now between him and his 11mth old sister (who part time co sleeps) and DF working night shift, it feels like no one is getting sleep. How can we get him to stay in his own bed? He has a great bunk bed with a tent over the top that he loves, has teddies, a water bottle, a night light on. We have tried talking to him, taking him back to bed and even (the shame!) bribery! He likes to play Mario Kart for half hour while I cook dinner and so we said that unless he stays in his own bed there is no Mario kart. Didn't work! He isn't upset or anything when he comes in. He is an excellent communicator and when we ask him why he comes in he doesn't really have a reason, "I just do" he says he isnt scared in his room, likes his bed etc.
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13-03-2014 07:38 #1
Advice wanted please!
13-03-2014 08:55 #2Senior Member
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I think it's probably a case of breaking the habit. You will have to be consistent & keep taking him back to his bed. It might mean a few tough nights but it will be better in the long run.
13-03-2014 10:37 #3
I would try and get him to sleep on a mattress on the floor next to your bed and get him used to sleeping in his own space but still close to you. Once he is settled doing that try to get him to settle in his own bed but have the mattress still there in case he wakes during the night. Eventually you can put the mattress in his room and if he wakes during the night put him back in his bed/mattress.
13-03-2014 14:57 #4
Thank you both. Will keep persevering. The mattress might be a good idea!
13-03-2014 15:46 #5
Good luck xo
14-03-2014 16:28 #6
Thank you headoverfeet, sometimes it is enough to know I'm not alone. A few "friends" and family have done the "I told you so" about co sleeping! Will try the mattress idea
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