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I swear, my 4 year old wants me to be institutionalized by the end of the year. He literally never EVER EVER stays in his room at bedtime. He goes to bed before 8pm and rarely is asleep before 10. And he comes out of his room CONSTANTLY. Nothing works & I have tried it ALL. Naps/no naps, rewards for staying, punishments for coming out, threats, NOTHING works for this stubborn child.
Please pray for me that Matthew is an easier preschooler. I'm almost ready to curl into a fetal position and whimper. Forever.
My 3 year old is like that recently. We just converted him from a toddler bed to a twin & I think that has a lot to do with it. I can't complain, our DD had to lay with DH every night to fall asleep, so now I feel it's just his turn. Lol
Well... we had to put a heavy duty child gate across Bella's door to keep her in bed. My mom had to turn the door knob around on my younger brother's room and literally lock him in. And before anyone gets up in arms about that - it was actually safer for him. He had a bad habit of going out the front door alone (he learned to work a lock by like 2....). She'd unlock it when he finally fell asleep and then lock it back when she went to bed.
I was just going to suggest the lock. We had to do that with Cadence. She would NOT stay in her room. We tried everything and nothing worked. Brody was just about 3 months old, had bad colic and was up all night. I literally did not sleep in my bed at all. I would go from feeding/soothing Brody back to Cadence's room where I would end up falling asleep on the floor waiting for her to sleep until DH would come in and wake me up to go back with Brody.
we also turn the locks around on all the kids' doors until they're old enough to stay in their rooms-safer for us-better than them wandering out at 2am and freezing in the backyard-gruesome but its happened before out here
From experience, they try the lock the first two nights then learn to stay in bed until morning time