Baby’s Sleeping in Her Own Bed Now!

Staying in Bed Chart

We’re tackling a new milestone at our house this year: teaching our baby to stay in bed (and hoping this chart will help).

Okay, so our “baby” is not really a baby at all anymore . She’s 3 1/2. But God has yet to send any more babies our way, which means she’s still our youngest. And that, together with the fact that she’s such a sweet little cuddle-bug, has caused her Mom (me) to be a little lax about where this little one sleeps every night.


She occasionally sneaks into our bed while her dad and I are sleeping, but more often than not, she spends the largest portion of the night snuggled beneath a quilt in the floor of my bedroom closet. Having been awoken by bad dreams or growing pains, she coaxes me out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to curl up beside her and rub her feet or calm her fears.

But even when she’s not physically sharing our bed, hogging the pillows, and kicking us in the back, Dad’s sleep is still disturbed. He hears her come in, feels me slip out from under the covers, is keenly aware of all the activity going on, no matter how silently we creep to the closet. And the older he gets, Doug tells me, the more he needs his rest if he wants to function well at work the following day.

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So for the New Year, Dad has decided it’s time for Abby (and Mom) to learn to stay put after going to bed, instead of wandering from room to room and resting place to resting place. I designed this little chart to track how well Abigail does at meeting up to that goal. She’ll get a special treat after she makes it a full week without wandering, then more treats after the third and fifth weeks. We are hoping by the end of the month, it will be a habit.

So far, she’s pretty excited about it. And Dad’s pretty excited, too, since he’s slept better the past few nights than he’s slept in years.

But in the meantime, Abby is still taking afternoon naps on the quilt in our closet, so Mom still gets to snuggle with her for at least ten or fifteen minutes a day. And that keeps all of us happy. 🙂

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Staying in Bed Chart

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  1. Hi Jennifer, I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. I have a question on how to get my 1 year old to sleep through the night. She wakes up at least 4 times minimum. I’ve thought about letting her cry but that might wake up her 2 older brothers. They just transitioned to sleeping through the night themselves before they turned one. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi, Christine. I’m probably not the best person to ask about getting a one-year-old to sleep through the night, as I don’t have a very good track record in that department. Ha! Nevertheless, here are my thoughts on the matter. Good luck!

  2. I can totally relate to this story. My son Romano is 5 yrs old and he is going through the exact same thing. I have four boys Miles 11, Rolfe 9, Luke 7 and Rome 5. We have all been sleeping in one room ever since I could remember. We just got our very own house and the boys now have their own room. But the little one seems to have difficulty with the change. My husband, Allen has been complaining of waking up in the middle of the night. Like I said, exact same thing. Allen and I decided to allow him to stay with us until he is ready to sleep in his own room. When that will be, no one knows. We are gonna try your way if it works. Wish us luck! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Very sweet! Just a piece of advice, you might want to avoid food as a treat; because as she ages, whatever you reward her with now will be her go to comfort item when stress hits! God bless your sweet family!

    1. That’s a good point, Connie. How about a trip to the library as a special treat? I’m thinking if she’s old enough to stay in bed, she’s old enough to have her very own library card. 🙂

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