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Rita 

How do I get my 26 month to stop waking up in middle of the night and coming into our bed?

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TheParentandBabyCoach 
Hi Rita. I work as a sleep trainer and often have to deal with this problem. Your most effective way of dealing with it is to set up something like the gro-clock as mentioned above, a reward chart, and then if your child gets out of bed and comes to you, tell them "its time to sleep" and lead them back to bed. If this happens a second time, just say "Bedtime" and lead them back to bed. On the third time, no talking and lead back to bed. This could happen hundreds of times (the record was a 3 year old who took 145 attempts!) but it does work and your child will soon learn how to sleep well without coming into you.
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rentrn35e 
Roughly what time? If it's only an hour of two before normal waking hours, you could try a sleep training clock (you know the ones that change colour to let them know it's okay to get out of bed). They should just be old enough to start using one of those.
Anonymous 
You can also try taking him/her out and putting them back in their bed. You may have to try this many, many times before it's successful but you will get there.
Ems1985 
We've found a sticker chart useful here. Start off small- so when they get 3 stickers for sleeping all night in their own bed they get a prize then increase it. Make sure to have pictures on it and discuss what they would like as a prize. Look at it and discuss it before bed and put it somewhere where they see it as soon as they wake.
TheParentandBabyCoach 
Hi Rita. I work as a sleep trainer and often have to deal with this problem. Your most effective way of dealing with it is to set up something like the gro-clock as mentioned above, a reward chart, and then if your child gets out of bed and comes to you, tell them "its time to sleep" and lead them back to bed. If this happens a second time, just say "Bedtime" and lead them back to bed. On the third time, no talking and lead back to bed. This could happen hundreds of times (the record was a 3 year old who took 145 attempts!) but it does work and your child will soon learn how to sleep well without coming into you.
Anonymous 
Some great advice there, @TheParentandBabyCoach. I like the idea of a reward chart. 145 attempts?! That parent is a trooper!!

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