What is the most effective way to help your child stay in bed all night?
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.
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.
Lisa W added this item on September 9, 2010
Debbie S voted on September 9, 2010
Strawni I commented on September 10, 2010 - give them proper time so that they can sleep...
LynDClutter commented on September 10, 2010 - 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.
Anita D voted on September 13, 2010
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Hinda S voted on May 9, 2012
Install a motorized monster-under-the-bed that will grab their ankles every time they try and step down onto the floor.
Nicole P added this item on May 17, 2012
Regina G voted on January 26, 2013
Regina G commented on January 26, 2013 - Seriously funny!
luvmykids voted on February 27, 2013
luvmykids commented on February 27, 2013 - Lol.
Kerrigan B commented on April 3, 2013 - But then they might be scared to go back to there bed
Kerrigan B commented on April 3, 2013 - Lol
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.
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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After bath/story/teeth/potty/prayers, I close the bedroom door. If they open it, my twin girls can't play outside the next day. Open it again, they can't watch anything on tv. It took one day of living with the consequences to squelch their desire to roam