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Getting Your Toddler to Stay in Their Bed


Time for Bed. These three words have magical powers. Not only do toddlers immediately get amazing bursts of energy as soon as you say those three words, but they also discover that they are hungry, thirsty, and need to go to the bathroom 3 more times. Time for Bed is the perfect way to discover that the favorite animal is missing, the pj’s are dirty and the bedroom floor is covered with mega blocks. And getting a toddler into his/her bed is only half the battle. Figuring out how to keep a toddler in their bed is even more fun. Here are two tips that have worked for me getting my own toddler to stay in her own bed without pulling my hair out.



Stick to a Routine

Having a bedtime schedule is crucial to helping toddlers stay in their bed. There needs to be a routine that is followed every night so they can get all the extras done before it's actually time for sleep. Decide what is important to your family. You may want to make a chart to help your toddler establish this routine. Try to start the tasks at the same time each night so that the child will understand the process. Do the extra drink of water, search for their favorite stuffed animal or pajamas before you actually expect your child to go to bed. They will then come to expect it making it a lot easier for you.

Offer Incentives

Sure, we all want our children to do things because it is the right thing to do. But when you are training your toddler and forming life long sleep habits, you may need to add incentives. Offer stickers or fun rewards if your child stays in bed like they are supposed to. You may call it a bribe but I call it an incentive and trust me, it works.
Tip: If your child habitually gets out of bed multiple times each night, then you might want to offer rewards for every time they do not get up. Have 5 new stickers, fruit snacks, or little toys sitting out on the kitchen table. Every time they get up, you take away one of the rewards. You might need to hit up the Dollar Store or thrift store to stock up on incentives and prizes.
Now if your little one is having nightmares or are afraid of the monster in the closet or under the bed and want to sleep in bed with you, I suggest you do let them but put them back to bed once they are fast asleep. You may also stay in their room with them, whichever is your preference, until they are fast asleep. A nightlight can also help in a situation such as this.

Getting your toddler to stay in their bed is not an easy task for most parents, but it is possible to teach this good habit. Got any other tips?

Annmarie John
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  1. Great tips and made me thankful that both my girls now for the most part stay in their beds at night! ;)

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  2. Ya know, I never had an issue with either of mine, but I know people who have. Great advice :)

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  3. These are great tips. It's funny. My boys were great as toddlers about staying in their own beds, but as pre-schoolers/Kindergarteners..... well, they're not so great anymore. Maybe a post about that later? Lol

    And I do love incentives. I think they work wonders..... for kids of all ages. :)

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  4. My little girl is starting to fight bedtime. She likes to continuously get out of bed once I've laid her down. This has been hard on me because she has always been so easy to put down and I have to sit with my son until he is fast asleep. Now they are both up later than I want. Thanks for the tips.

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  5. Thanks for the tips. When she first moved to her toddler bed from the crib, I woke to our then 2 year old staring at me many times. It's kind of unnerving to be woken by a silent toddler...

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  6. Stickers! That's a great idea to associate positive behavior with little rewards. I don't have kids yet but planning soon! There's just so many things to think about!

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  7. I was lucky my son never got out of his bed. He loved his big boy bed from get go.

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  8. A few of my friends have this issue, so I will share! Luckily my girls stayed put!!

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  9. Great tips! This can be difficult at times for the little ones

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  10. Great tips, so happy I am done with this phase in my life. LOL

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  11. We had issues with my middle child, it always seems to be the middle child. I tried stickers, bribes etc, I guess it all passes anyway.

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  12. How about introducing them to their won Bed a bit earlier. I would say gradually once they start eating Solids ... that way it would be a lot easier and these tips listed can be better applied

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  13. We were having this issue last year... And before I know it we'll be having it again with my second child!

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  14. My little one just started climbing out of his pack n play. These are great tips!

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  15. These are great ideas. They can be so sneaky when they get up to play with toys.

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  16. My kids would sneak out and we'd find them asleep on the floor outside of our bedroom or on the floor beside our bed late at night.

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  17. These are great tips for parents struggling with the little ones.

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  18. Good advice. Routine is always a big help.

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  19. I had trouble with my daughter staying in her crib. She was a climber and I’d often find her sitting on her changing table in the middle of the night. Once we moved her to a ‘big girl’ bed, she was much more obedient and would always stay in her bed.

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  20. These are good tips. I tried the staying in the room thing w/my youngest last night who wanted to keep getting up. Guess who fell asleep in there too??? Oy!! :)

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  21. Those are great tips. Mine is still sleeping with us, she will be moved into her toddler bed soon. I am dreading it!

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  22. We had issues with my daughter when we transitioned her from co-sleeping to a toddler bed. Incentives were the best thing ever!

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  23. Our toddler is fine it is our almost 5 year old now. Every night!! AHHHHH!!!!

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  24. These are good ideas. Parents are often reluctant to incentive things with their children, but incentives do have a good place in child rearing.

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  25. This is very timely for me as we will be transitioning to a bed soon. Thanks!

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  26. Good tips - Dawn was always sneaking out of her bed and climbing into ours

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  27. This is my every night life. I swear that those burst of energy suck all that I have left from the day

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  28. Sometimes it's just luck of the draw because Des has never really minded going to bed. Who knew?? Although he's getting more combative in his toddler old age. Routines and incentives seem key.

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  29. My older kids were great with staying in bed, my youngest was awful. She still comes and climbs in bed with me at 5

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