first of, don't force the toddle to go in the room, by doing that you will tramatize the child and then it will be worse... well, if the child is still in the napping stage, I would put him/her napping in their own bed..probably introduce the child to the room lil by lil.. talk about a " big kid's room" ,what would she/he like their own "big kid room" to be...see how they react to that .normally toddles want a " big kid" room so he/she might go for it :)- good luck!
There could be something in the room he or she currently sleeps in now that they like to look at or keeps them calm. Try moving whatever it is (you may have to experiment with different things) into the kid's bed. Or you could try explaining to him or her about being a "big boy or girl." Or try to get him or her excited to go to his bed. Have a race to see who can get there the fastest, or bribe him with a stuffed animal. And once you do get him into his own bed, encourage him to keep sleeping in there.
Anytime they fall asleep, put them in their bed, when it is bedtime, tuck them into their very own awesome big kid bed. Do it as early as you can. Letting them have their door open and such will usually help make them more comfortable at first. But don't act like it's some new crazy thing they have to do. Act like it's normal and calm and they'll pick up on your vibe. Kids can smell weakness and fear and will use it to attempt to guilt you into letting them sleep elsewhere.
My niece is 3 and she sleeps in her own room. She loves princess stuff, so we decorated her room with a princess theme, told her that all princesses has their own room and sleeps in their own bed, it worked, lol we leave a night light on and door open.
By making sure you NEVER start the toddler sleeping in your bed in the first place. Once in a while maybe, if your little one genuinely feels scared, but try to sneak them back to their bed whilst not waking them up. It can be a challenge sometimes. However, it can be done with a little patience and warmth. Don't be mean about it. You want your children to grow up feeling secure, without being too clingy. In the long run, you will both rest better.
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Go to the grocery store and buy some glow in the dark crayons. Only glow in the dark crayons will work for this. Go in to there room and depending on how high the ceiling is use a ladder if you have to, believe me it will be worth it. Put dime size dots all over the ceiling. Or you can even draw stars. You may wish to turn the lights on at least 15 to 20 minutes before bed time to charge up the ceiling. As they lay on there back in the bed looking up at the ceiling watching the stars, the stars lose there charge and start to dim out. They will close there eye's along with the dimming of the stars and fall asleep. It might sound crazy, but it actually works.
Our little guy has been sleeping in his own bed (in his own room) since he was about 20 months old. We put a few sheets down and placed his mattress directly on them (i.e., no box spring or frame) so that he could climb in and out by himself and wouldn't have far to fall if he rolled out. Then, we had him take his daytime naps there for a week; he did nights in his crib. Once he was good with his naps, we started on overnights, adding a night light. The daytime naps were really the key; dark enough to sleep but light enough to look around and get familiar with his new setting. Ah, we also painted/decorated his room Curious George (who he still loves but was super stoked on at the time). Good luck!