Posted by: karin Claassen | 2010/05/12


From cot to bed

When my boy turned 2 years he refused to sleep in his cot and even jumped out onr night, hurting himself, He used to have an excellent sleep routine, going to bed without any crying, drinking his bottle and fall asleep by himself , not waking up once during the night. But the week before his 2nd birthday things changed. He refuses to be put in his cot or a bed in his room, He falls asleep in our bed. I take him to his room once he is asleep and put him on a matress. During the night he wakes up and walks to our room and get in our bed. How do you stop it? He still takes an afternoon nap of +- an hour. My sleeping night mares are starting now?

Expert's Reply



Your son may be having night terrors or he may just be behaving in this way because it is now a habit.If you suspect that he is having night terrors you should go to his cot when he wakes, reassure him and then leave the room again. Using a night light in his room will help. If he comes to your bed take him back to his cot immediately. If he returns the parent who did not take him back the first time must take him back. If he tries again take him back again and then only leave his door very slightly open or it can be closed. If he cries it will be the time to practice the controlled crying method.

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Posted by: Ina | 2010/05/12

Put a side railing on his bed so that he won''t fall off at night. Then when he comes to your room at night - carry him back to his bed, even if you have to do it 20 times per night every night- he WILL get the message sooner or later.... I struggled immensly with my son as well - but this worked...

Good luck!!!

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