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How do I stop my toddler from getting in bed with us?
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In brief: Be persistent
The new found freedom of a toddler bed often leads to middle-of-the night visits to your bed.
If you persistently return your child to his bed, he will learn to stay in his bed. If you sometimes allow him to sleep with you, he will continue to seek your bed. Deep sleepers unintentionally reinforce co-sleeping, because they fail to awaken. Put a bell on your door, alerting you to visitors.

In brief: Be persistent
The new found freedom of a toddler bed often leads to middle-of-the night visits to your bed.
If you persistently return your child to his bed, he will learn to stay in his bed. If you sometimes allow him to sleep with you, he will continue to seek your bed. Deep sleepers unintentionally reinforce co-sleeping, because they fail to awaken. Put a bell on your door, alerting you to visitors.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Don't give negative
or positive attention.
At the same bedtime, read, brush his teeth & put him in bed in his own room drowsy, but awake to learn to fall asleep on his own without bottle or pacifier. Tell him you expect him to stay in bed till the A.M. As soon as he enters your room, CONSISTENTLY walk him back to bed from behind without talking or making eye contact. The behavior will first get worse, then cease.

In brief: Don't give negative
or positive attention.
At the same bedtime, read, brush his teeth & put him in bed in his own room drowsy, but awake to learn to fall asleep on his own without bottle or pacifier. Tell him you expect him to stay in bed till the A.M. As soon as he enters your room, CONSISTENTLY walk him back to bed from behind without talking or making eye contact. The behavior will first get worse, then cease.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Take him/her back
Toddlers can get stuck in a zone where they want you to do everyting they want & they don't understand or accept limits.
Yet limit setting is important & this is a great learning project. Kids should be returned every time to their room & offered the choice of staying with the door open or being locked in. A few tears later they desire the open door & the promise of access it gives. Be firm.

In brief: Take him/her back
Toddlers can get stuck in a zone where they want you to do everyting they want & they don't understand or accept limits.
Yet limit setting is important & this is a great learning project. Kids should be returned every time to their room & offered the choice of staying with the door open or being locked in. A few tears later they desire the open door & the promise of access it gives. Be firm.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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