Keeping toddler in bed

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Jessica posted this 03 November 2019

My toddler has been in a toddler bed for over 6 months without any problems, but now just started getting out of bed all the time when she should be sleeping.  We've tried lots of negative consequences, but I wonder if there is a way to have some sort of reward for staying in her room.  The problem is that I'm not sure she can associate her behavior at night with a reward the next morning.

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Madison posted this 07 November 2019

I haven't tried it yet, but there are clocks that show when it is time to be asleep and when it is time to be awake. They have to wait until it's time to be awake before they can get up. Sounds like it'll just take some time. Maybe try to remove the biggest distractions from their room (like favorite toys or whatever they try to go do when they get up)

Liz posted this 06 November 2019

I agree, rewards and punishment should be immediately after the action otherwise they don't associate it. 

Jill posted this 05 November 2019

I think you're right that she will not associate it with the next morning. Toddlers are very here and NOW kind of thinking. We had to be very firm with our daughter.  She was not good about going to bed at first.  Honestly, we let her slide in with us around 2 or 3 a.m. because I didn't have the fight to make her stop.  But once she got too big, we said she was hurting us by kicking and she didn't want to do that. She stopped coming in very quickly after that!  I couldn't believe it!