What is the most effective way to help your child stay in bed all night?

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A set bedtime routine (bath, bedtime lotion, book, bed) and not running in my DD's room when she fusses in the middle of the night. If she fusses for more than 2 minutes or sounds truly in distress, I will check on her.

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  • Strawni I commented

    give them proper time so that they can sleep...

  • LynDClutter commented

    She can't wake us up or leave her room until the clock turns 6 or later. Of course, if she is sick or scared, she can come anytime.

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Just put her straight back to bed with as little fuss as possible. This can be completely exhausting for the parent, but the child learns that she won't be able to stay up for an extra few minutes. Don't even tell her off as that is giving it attention.


Install a motorized monster-under-the-bed that will grab their ankles every time they try and step down onto the floor.

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  • Regina G commented

    Seriously funny!

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  • Kerrigan B commented

    But then they might be scared to go back to there bed

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Have a set bedtime routine, 10 minutes of child-chosen wind-down time (books, coloring, etc.) right before tuck-in, get all needs (potty, water, etc) taken care of in advance, and as little interaction as possible when they try to get out of bed. :)

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  • Proudmommyof3 commented

    I tuck my son in and tell him that his stuffed animal will protect him if he has a nightmare. And I will sometimes read a story to him and I have a nightlight for him too. Hope this helped!

  • Proudmommyof3 voted

Have a basic routine but have up to a half hour of give in either direction. Getting them into bed when they are *tired enough* but not *too tired* Recognizing when to get bedtime rolling is an art form that takes time to master.

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I think that just getting a regular schedule down is the trick. Make sure you put your foot down too if they try to veer off the schedule for bedtime. Soothing things like a bath or lotion is probably best. Books are also very good.

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