How On Earth Do I get A 4 Year Old Into Her Own Room? - Mothering Forums
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nettlesoup's Avatar nettlesoup 03:03 PM 05-06-2013

   We are so stuck on this and really don't know what to do. I am pregnant with our second who is due at the beginning of September, and my 4 year old is still in the cot bed sidecarred with our bed. We've been telling her that she needs to start sleeping in her own room for months now, but nothing we do will keep her in there. We've tried the idea of treating her for each night she does it, offered to stay in there until she falls asleep, and we have even told her she can sit in her bed and look at books, or sleep anywhere in her bedroom. We have completely run out of ideas. The problem is she doesn't want to sleep without us next to her, and hates the idea of being alone in her bedroom.

 

We really are struggling now, and the only idea we have left is to remove the cot bed and give her no choice. But there is still the issue that she would never stay in her room, never mind sleep in it. Any help would be wonderful, we are so stuck!



tracyamber's Avatar tracyamber 01:23 PM 05-07-2013

I have no idea as we are still co-sleeping and will for a long time but there has to be someone out there with some ideas....bumping.


ISISandOSIRIS's Avatar ISISandOSIRIS 02:24 PM 05-07-2013
What about first having her camp out on the floor for awhile, then eventually camp out int hallway outside your room?
jocelyndale's Avatar jocelyndale 09:48 AM 05-08-2013

My son chose to move to his own room when his baby sister arrived.  He realized he didn't want to be woken up by her a few times a night.  He was five years old.

 

DH went with him.  stillheart.gif  He also wanted more sleep.  


nettlesoup's Avatar nettlesoup 10:00 AM 05-08-2013
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Originally Posted by jocelyndale View Post

My son chose to move to his own room when his baby sister arrived.  He realized he didn't want to be woken up by her a few times a night.  He was five years old.

 

DH went with him.  stillheart.gif  He also wanted more sleep.  


That sounds like a good possibility, thanks.

 

Thanks for the replies. I think we're just going to stop trying to rush her for now and see what happens nearer the time. I think she just needs more time to get used to the idea as she's just not ready yet.


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