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Baby won't stay in crib


Any advice on how to get my 2 year old to stay in his bed?? He figured out how to get out of his crib, now he won't take naps, and goes to sleep at 10 pm (from a bedtime that was 7 pm w/o a fuss) What to do??

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suebree96 suebree96 7 years 8 weeks
Sandy, try the whole bedtime ritual thing. Story, glass of water, hugs and kisses and night night. IF you are consistent with it and let Troy help you by tending to Taylor and Jack before you know it Brady will start to get used to the idea. But you have to be consistent, if he gets out of bed you have to put him right back in without getting upset or saying anything to him just night night. That's what I did remember. Scotty was the only one who gave me trouble with that. I learned better and didn't have that problem with the other four. Give it a try. Even when you come here to visit adhere to a strict bedtime schedule with him, he will get used to it. It doesn't take long for the kids to get it. Besides they say kids like structure, right? Who knows but that worked for me. One out of five ain't bad. :)
arbonchic arbonchic 7 years 12 weeks
We did the toddler bed thing also, but put it in the room with the crib so she could get used to it. Before long, she only wanted to sleep in the toddler bed and didn't have a problem when we took the crib out. She's really good about going to bed now, she likes to sleep in her "big girl bed!"
Chellard Chellard 7 years 13 weeks
Yea, the only way to fix that is discpline, on YOUR part. If he gets up, you put him back, up again?, put him back, etc etc etc The first night you'll do it for what seems a million times, the second night a few less, the third night anothr few less, and so on until he just realizes that you are NOT going to give in. Then he'll just stay in his bed. You can also put a gate on his door.. so its open but gated, so he can't get out. But plain disclipine and sacrifice of alone time for a week, should put him right back into place. Good luck!
bluesuze bluesuze 7 years 13 weeks
Oh, I hear you. It's hard. We put my 2 year old in a twin bed (never bothered with a toddler bed) pretty early on. He really enjoyed being in a big bed. We let him take 2 of his toys to bed each night (aside from any stuffed animals)- he ususally picks a train and a tractor or car or something. If he gets out of bed, we take them out of the bed and he really doesn't like that! We also leave his bedroom door open but put up a gate in the doorway. He is also started to cut out some naps, too. He seems to nap every other day, and his naps have moved later from 12 to 1 or 1:30. Hope this helps.
JustPlainJane JustPlainJane 7 years 13 weeks
YOU CAN WASTE YOUR LIFE DRAWING LINES OR YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE CROSSING THEM Thanks for the advide toxxic, it's crazy but all 3 of my kids are up by 6:30am the latest, and they are on summer break, and they're still up that early, so by 7:30pm I need me time, and they usually go down easy, they get in bed, and watch TV until they fall asleep usually by 9pm, but the baby won't have any of this, altho he used to, and he has both a toddler bed, and a queen bed in his room, but he prefers kicking it w/me til I go to bed.
t0xxic t0xxic 7 years 13 weeks
its time for a toddler bed theres no way to hold him down now lol th toddler bed will be safer and less chance he will fall on his head. Personally I think a 7pm bedtime is a little early for the guy unless he has an early schedule where he has to get up early for daycare. 830 or 9 I start trying to get my son to bed (he is 2 an 1/2). I take away the toys an make him sit down to calm down Let him watch a calm boring movie lol. My son no longer takes naps either. I dont really mind that. But the best way to get him to do it is to be consistent put him in his room in the bed an each time you see him getting up trying to play put him back into his bed. He also may not be letting out enough energy to take a nap so try letting him run around outside for a few hours before the nap takes place. Good Luck
JustPlainJane JustPlainJane 7 years 13 weeks
YOU CAN WASTE YOUR LIFE DRAWING LINES OR YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE CROSSING THEM All 3 have done this, except w/the other 2 I just let them sleep w/us, but now w/3 kids I need my own time, and I need them to stick to a bedtime so I have time to myself, the other 2 are in bed by 7:30, the little one on the other hand thinks he runs the show, we'll see ....
Hope5 Hope5 7 years 13 weeks
Lol, none of mine have ever done this!
BINGOBABY BINGOBABY 7 years 13 weeks
get another bed in his room (before taking out his crib) and let him get used to it. you have to be very disciplined and consistent in getting him to stick to his bedtime (naptime) YOU are the parent. if you need more tricks look on babycenter.com or ivilliage.com (parenting) - they've got great ideas...but try the "big boy bed", it worked for me.