So we moved the crib to our room (nursery area) last week and moved Lyla to the toddler bed. She slept in there fine the first day, for her nap and then slept in there the whole night. The second night she spent the majority of the night sleeping on the floor. I'm not sure if she fell out or climbed out. The third night she slept in the bed again. Since then she's been on the floor somewhere between 11pm and 1pm. The first few nights I'd go in and put her back in the bed but 5 minutes later she's back on the floor. She sleeps fine but I'd rather she sleep on the bed! DH thinks we just need to give her time to figure it out and won't let me put any padded anything on the floor because he doesn't want her getting comfortable sleeping on the floor. I get that, but I hate that she spend the majority of the night on the floor!
Any ideas on how to encourage her to stay in the bed? She's very active in her sleep and was always all over the crib, so I feared this already. I think she rolls out of the bed and then just doesn't wake up enough or bother to climb back in. So how do we keep her from rolling off the crib? Has anyone had issues with this? I've searched the web and found no help there at all.
Maybe she likes it on the floor? I don't see a problem with it. If she's falling out its not hurting enough to wake her up. IMO, there's one measure to how well a toddler is sleeping. Does she STTN? If yes, DON'T mess with it. I agree with your DH. If you don't like it, don't put anything down there that might encourage her to keep it up. Just make sure to clear the fall zone of toys that might hurt if she landed on them.
Erin, I think that's why I'm torn, because for the most part she does STTN. Since putting in the toddler bed last week she's only woke up one in the middle of the night crying. I know she wakes up a little sometimes because I can see her on the monitor, but it's usually her lifting her head and then changing position and going back to sleep.
Janice, I've suggested a rail do DH, but he prefers for her to adjust to the way it's going to be. I thought about maybe a pool noodle under the sheet on the open side of the bed, but I'm not sure how I'd keep it there. . . Oh and she kept her crib mattress that she had, so the mattress is the same one.
Maybe we just need to give it time and she'll eventually stop falling out (which is what I assume is happening. I was just wondering if anyone had figured out a good way to deal with an issue like this. Surely, my kid can't be the only one who's ever done this. . .
Erin, How is T sleeping in her bed? Is she still on the mattress on the floor?
Oh, there are no rails. Aaaah. Rails would probably help a lot. We have Magic Bumpers on Teagan's bed. I like them a lot. They do the job, they don't look like big ugly rails, and I've been able to take them with us on vacation. They turn any bed into a toddler bed. You just need to worry about them fitting under the sheets, which might be trickier with a small bed. Teagan sleeps really well in her big girl bed. She's been in her queen size pillow top bed (spoiled, right? ) for about 3 months now. She's finally STTN!! The bed is on the floor but its a good 2 ft high thanks to the pillow top.
We had a rail on DS1's bed and he's never fallen out, and he just decided before Christmas he was too big for it. Also, I'd just leave her to it. If she doesn't want to sleep on the floor she'll get back in bed!
It's a strange thing for your DH to say because I don't know any teenagers who had rails on their bed still needing them She'll just grow out of not wanting it
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I'd do a rail or a bumper if she's rolling out. If she's putting herself on the floor, leave her be. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Over time she'll spend more time in bed.
Such a silly little girl! At least she's mostly sleeping!
My DS has rails on his bed. When we moved him to a big boy bed we put one on each side to keep him from actually falling out. He can get out if he wants but won't get hurt falling. I would definitely do rails but if she keeps getting out leave her to figure it out. As Sarah said, she'll grow out of it, my DD1 doesn't need bed rails anymore LOL