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My 28 month old started climbing out of the crib everytime you put him in. So we figured it was time for a big boy bed. We have had a twin bed in there for a few months since we knew we needed to move him soon. The problem is, he will not stay in either bed now. I did get him to take a good nap in his big bed yesterday after he got up 5 times and I layed there with him until he fell asleep. My dh did that last night, and about 12am, he came crawling in bed with us.<br><br>
Problem is, he and I are both light sleepers. And he moves ALOT while sleeping. So basically, I have been up since 12am. With a few minutes of sleep here and there. The last 2 nights have been like this. I am pregnant, tired, and getting pretty crabby.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
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Anyone? I am desperate.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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set him up next to your bed. he obviously has a need to sleep with you, so do it in a way that you can get some rest.
 

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Yeah, I was going to suggest setting up his bed next to yours. DD will "wake up" a little, open her eyes and see if I am there. If I am not, crying ensues and she gets out of bed to find me (we cosleep). As for naps, I usually lie down with DD, wait for her to fall asleep, get up, work for an hour when she starts looking for me. Then I lie down with her for another hour. It is somewhat crazy but the alternative is her not getting any sleep at all and then she is a bear.<br><br>
My only other suggestion is duct tape. (I know, I know not helpful) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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He just took another nap in there. Took about 30 minutes to get him to stay, but he did.<br><br>
I am not sure about putting him in our room. We have only co-slept about the first 3 weeks of his life, so not sure what the sudden need is for wanting to sleep with us. I wonder if he has become afraid of the dark.<br><br>
Maybe this is just new and need to be consistant and just keep laying him back down. That worked today. I just hate when he puckers that bottom lip.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Could it be that you are starting to show (I notice you are pregnant) and he is feeling a little needy?<br><br>
I hate to see the lower lip pucker too, I just know how miserable DD is when she doesn't sleep.
 

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My DS never slept in a crib (coslept with us and then on a mattress on the floor in his room starting at about 15 mo.<br><br>
I layed with him to get him to nap (and often I napped when he did!). DP or I layed with him to get him to sleep and we still do. I love that time. We left after he was asleep but he always comes in at about 1am looking for us, so one of us goes back to bed with him, or he sleeps with us.<br><br>
It's totally normal for them to want to be near you at night. I don't think there's a way to force him to stay there... you could just get your DP to take him back to bed and lay there with him until he's asleep, or else DP could just sleep in his room with him. He'll grow out of it. When he's 16 he won't be wanting you to lay with him anymore, I guarantee it!
 

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Could you do something to make the big boy bed really special? Special sheets or a special toy that he only gets in his bed? Pretend it's a boat and he needs to sail away to sleep? He's the captain? Special nightlight with good night rituals?<br><br>
I am totally reaching--DD is 28 months and still in the crib. She was climbing out but then she just stopped so we're still waiting on the bed. I'm not sure what we'll do, because here bedroom is downstairs and we're upstairs.<br><br>
DD also wakes in the middle of the night, I go downstairs and snuggle her a bit and then she wants me to sit in the rocking chair until she goes to sleep. Usually takes another ten minutes and then she's back asleep. So, maybe it is the age--they are absorbing a lot of info/stimulation during the day and maybe need a little extra comfort late at night, or to get down than they did previously?
 
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