Alas, your daughter’s behaviour is typical for a 2-year-old. Here are some suggestions for getting her to stay in her bed:
- Leave your bedroom door open a crack and place an empty suitcase behind the doors so you’ll wake up when your daughter bangs the door against the suitcase as she enters. Then, take her right back to her room. You may have to do this several times, and over a period of several days, before she understands that you’re serious.
- Put an expandable gate in her doorway so she can’t sneak into your room. If she gets up in the night, tuck her in and let her know she needs to be in her own room.
- Alternate with your husband who has to put your daughter back to bed so that one parent doesn’t end up always losing out on a good night’s sleep.
If you would like more ideas, read "Solving Bedtime Problems".
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.