Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:46 AM
I have cut and pasted this from the supernanny website, but have seen it work time and time again in the tv shows so you could give it a try.
Be consistent and follow these steps and you should create the right environment for your child to stay in his own bed all night.
Steps to keep your child in bed
Follow a calming Bedtime Routine. Before he gets into bed, make sure he has no reason to get up - he’s been to the toilet, he’s had a little water - and it’s clear that you expect him to stay in bed now. This way, if he gets out of bed, you won’t be drawn into a discussion about why he’s up, and you can get on with the business of getting him back to sleep:
The first time he gets up, remind him that it’s bedtime, lead him back to bed, give him a kiss and a cuddle, and leave the bedroom.
The second time, do the same but use a firmer voice and make the kiss and cuddle brief.
The third and any subsequent times, say nothing at all as you lead him back to bed, tuck him in, and leave the room. This is the hard part, and it’s very tempting to give a cuddle. Remember that a gentle, consistent approach will convince your child that you’re there for him, but that you insist he sleeps in their own bed.