Question: How do I get my toddler to go to his floor bed on his own?
How do I get my toddler to go to his floor bed on his own?
My toddler won’t crawl into his floor bed on his own.
Every time he is sleepy, I pick him up and put him in his floor bed so he associates it with the sleeping. But ten weeks later, he still won’t go to it himself. I have to bring him to it every time.
If he rolls off the floor bed in the middle of the night, sometimes he wakes up and begins crying. He will not crawl back into his bed. I have to go in his dark room and slide him back into bed. He goes right back to sleep.
What to do?
Tags: asked April 11, 2012
How long has your toddler had a floor bed? Ten weeks? I think even more time will make a difference. Also, how many months old is he? Here's our timeline with Roo and his use of the bed:
Roo had a floor bed from about three or four months - once he grew out of his moses basket. When he was about eight months old I wrote this: "Roo would wriggle diagonally in his sleep until he ended up off the end of the bed, woke up, and cried for us. To solve this problem we moved his bed against a wall first, then later after re-arranging again we put a small cabinet at the bottom of the bed, and then later again there is a playpen fence in that spot (it surrounds a heater). Now when he wriggles he runs into either the wall or the playpen fence and doesn’t wake up/doesn’t wake us up."
You can see more detail on that here: http://louiseallana.com/2011/06/29/montessori-floor-bed/
By 10 months he was choosing to go to his bed for naps, although also still chose the floor sometimes which was OK by me.
By 13 months he was going to and staying in his bed for naps and most nights. By 18 months (now) when we say 'time to get into bed' he walks to his bed and lies down on it... in fact, he *loves* his bed. He loves lying down for naps and bedtimes. This may just be attributable to his personality rather than the use of a floor bed :)
You can also try putting nice comfy rug next to the bed (hmmm, do you already have one?) in case that means he's happy to sleep on the floor when he does get out of bed... less getting up for you! Is he getting cold when he gets out of bed? Roo sleeps in a sleep sack thingy so he doesn't actually need blankets for warmth.
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