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Drake has been really great since we first transitioned from a crib. All of a sudden though he is jumping right up after we put him in bed and going and sleeping behind his closed door. I don't want him to do that b/c it is not safe of course and b/c I know he will not sleep well there for the whole night. So I end up going in like 5 times and moving him back to bed but he will no fail get back up and move with his book, stuffed animal and blanket to the door. That leaves me having to go and push the door against him to force him to move so I can carry him back to bed. I feel bad having to push the door on him We can not leave the door open though b/c he will just get up and walk out and baby gates are nothing to him anymore. Plus our house is very small so he can see us sitting there on the couch from his room LOL. Anyway, any tips? anyone gone through anything similar?
We went through this with Caleb for a month or so he would sleep on the floor instead of his bed. Several times it was behind the door too. I always just waited until he'd been asleep at least an hour to go in and move him. But he's a deep sleeper so even scooting him with the door didn't wake him. Eventually he just stopped getting out of bed after we left the room. Sorry I dont have better advice!
Betsy gets out of her bed and sleeps on her floor too -- so I always have to pick her up and put her back in (I can do it without waking her up). As far as sleeping behind the door goes....is it possible that he's going over there because it's a small, cozy space? If so, is there anyway you could make him a small, cozy space elsewhere in the room? Betsy always goes and lays next to (rarely on) her bean bag that's in the corner of the room, in between her bed and her bookshelf -- it's a small little space that she loves. She never falls asleep in the wide open middle of the room.
I don't have much advise, but I think this is one of the 2 year old's tricks. He found something his parents don't agree with, he gets your attention, prolongs his bed time.. Ignoring the whole thing might be the best idea.