2) Don’t make the ‘big bed’ move too soon
Waiting to move your toddler from a cot into a proper bed
until he’s at least two and a half means he’ll truly understand the words, ‘Stay in your bed’ (even if he ignores them at first).
He’ll also have more impulse control. It’s wise to expect a bit of mischief when a toddler makes the transition but, if you try when he’s too young, it often proves tricky – and he may want to start sleeping in your bed.
Your action plan:
The very first time your child gets up, don’t respond in anger. Instead, react with genuine wide-eyed astonishment.
Try saying, “What are you doing there?” This will teach him he’s not meant to be out of bed, but it won’t upset him, which inhibits sleep.
And, if your toddler is persistent, try gently and calmly (but firmly) putting him back in his bed.
If you make it a quiet, unemotional procedure, he’ll soon get bored of trying it on.
"The very first time your child gets up, don’t respond in anger. Instead, react with genuine wide-eyed astonishment."