Problem is that he is right in the middle of making the transition to his bed rather than crib. Up till the last few months he has been bed sharing with us and still does when he wakes in the middle of the night. We have slowly and very sensitively been moving him into his own room with the impending arrival of his little sister. So far its been great! No worries and he LOVES his new room! So we have been giving him the option of sleeping in his crib or in his bed, was not interested in the bed at first but is now crazy on it and has slept every bedtime there for the last fortnight. He is also going to sleep on his own now without us in the room, so its just been a fantastic move and we are so proud of him.
Alright, so to my question! He now wants to have nap time/quiet time in his bed rather than crib, which is fine... but of course he keeps climbing out! If he was sleeping it wouldnt be a problem because we would just keep putting him back until he fell asleep. He really DOES still need a rest in the afternoon and plays quietly for about an hour (sometimes more) before calling for me and being ready for the afternoon. Anything that involves DH or I just winds him up again so its not really an option to just read books on the couch or something, he really needs that time to himself, and seems to enjoy it too.
I want to know what the AP way of dealing with this would be? I am happy for him to get out of his bed, but its not very safe for him to be wondering the house for an hour without me there to supervise (not very restful either).
I was thinking about a baby gate for his room? We dont have one anywhere at the moment and not sure how I feel about it. Part of me thinks 'baby jail' another part thinks that its not like its any different to being in his crib! I am now 7 months pregnant and am needing the afternoon rest as much as he is, its just not an option to be racing around the house after him putting him back in his room and putting him back into his bed over and over again is wearing very thin. Besides everytime I go in to put him back into his bed he thinks that its a great joke and climbs back out again to get me back in the room...... we always have a horrible afternoon once these bad gymnastics are over with as he has not had a rest and neither have I!
So any ideas? I really dont want this to turn into a battle!!! Everything has been so positive and totally led by him up to this point when it comes to bedtime. It just seems a shame to be playing 'bed police' when he is really doing so well! I wonder if a gate on the door is enough to stop him but still enough to be giving way to what he is needing at the moment. It also feels a lot less full on than shutting the door on him.