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How did you know your child was ready to move from a cot to a bed, and how did you do it?
Mother of Xanthe, 10, Dylan, 5, Alana, 3 Wait as long as possible! Mother of 3, aged 7, 2. By then he understood he had to stay in his bed and not get out. I never had a problem with it. Mother of Jack 2. My son is not at that point yet. Mother of Ella 12 years, Fraser 8 months Have patience, move them around 24 months. Mother of 3, D, J-4, L months Son 1 moved to a king single at 23 months, we had no issues at all apart from a few nights of him getting out lots before he actually went to sleep.
Mother of Jake 2 yrs, Harry 9 months I will be using a toddler bed once my daughter is able to sleep through the night in her cot.
Mother of Zeva, 13 months I had no issues moved both of mine into a toddler bed at ten months and James into a single bed at around one and a half. It was no problem at all… strangely… we did expect it to be, but no. When he came out of his room, we would give him a cuddle and take him back.
He would often sit up late playing with toys, but I learnt to lock them all in the cupboard, he still has his bookshelf full of books though, but will quietly read and then go to sleep. Mother of Mitchell 4 years, Lochie 2 years I transferred my daughter to a toddler bed when she was 14 months, I find she sleeps better in her bed than she did in her cot as she was always whacking herself on the bars of her cot and waking herself up.
I find with her bed she has more freedom to move around and therefore sleeps all night.. I think the best age to do it is when you think your child is ready as every child is different. Mother of Mya — 18 Months I got my nearly two year old involved in making her bed.
I bought a cupcake set her favourite things and she had a great time setting it up with her teddies in the right spots. I gave her the choice… Do you want to sleep in your cot or your big girl bed like mummy.
Let them make the choice and then help take down the cot. Rachael My son was 18 months when he went into a proper single bed not toddler bed with no rail guards either just a pillow on the floor the first couple of weeks just incase he did fall out of bed and like Aimee said just keep putting them back into bed every time they come out time for bed kiss and cuddle tuck them back in a…nd walk out eventually they will get the hang of it i never had to put a gate or anything on my sons door after the first week he would just go to bed and wont hear a sound from him he fell out of bed once and never again sometimes he wouldnt lay the right way but as long as he looked comfy i would just put a blanket over him and leave him.
It was time for bed and sure he got straight out of bed and h…ad a wonder around his room, and came singing out for us at the gate. But i just came back in and said its time for bed darling and tucked him back in. She sleeps in a bag currently but not sure when we put when we put her in a bed. We also put rails on the side and end of his bed just in case he rolled out. Just be consistent about putting them straigh back into bed when they get out.
We learnt that after our 1st. This has been 3 mths now so lets hope it stays that way. Meanwhile the 1st who we let get up still goes to sleep on the couch!! Carmen When we moved our daughter she was 22 months too. A lot of the all in ones go up to size 2 and are like a sleeping bag.
I was worried about her rolling out of bed with a sleeping bag. You could even start with a mattress on the floor and keep the sleeping bag. Our daughter is now 2.
Babyhintsandtips I also had this same problem. My daughter transitioned at 18 months. We kept her in her sleeping bag and she very quickly learned to get out of it. We then put a blanket on her and she would be all over the bed in the beginning. Just make sure she is adequately dressed if she ever manages to get out of the blanket.
We also had a rail, but took it off fairly quickly — a because she seemed to be staying in one spot after a couple of months and b. Erin My daughter moved into her toddler bed not long after she turned 2. She is still in the sleeping bag… I have monitors and when she wakes up she just calls out to me!
She will not sleep with her doona on so at least this way I know she is nice and warm through the night.
Jodi We had to move our daughter to a bed when we were about to have our second child. We made a very gradual process — First putting the bed up in her room next to her cot — but, it was very crowded! We used and still do use — a year later! It can be a difficult process — but I agree with other comments…You have to be consistent.
J And my daughter is now almost 3, and she still occasionally wears a sleeping bag.
Has anyone had similar experiences? I took my first out of the cot when he started climbing out at 2ish, he went to a mattress on the floor with a slide in plastic guard rail thing til he got used to it then at nearly three set up the bed which he has to use a step to get up.
And he loves it. Beds open up a world of freedom that is sometimes hard to comprehend. For the first three months my baby slept in a bassinet in our bedroom.
I would suggest either a cheap toddler bed eg from ikea, I think you want to be close to the ground at that age or a cot that converts to a toddler bed. Most things I have read say move them a few months before. So you sort out any issues before bubs comes and so there is no resentment that bub has their bed. Which would mean moving fairly soon. I think just do what you feel most comfortable with.
The good thing with the cot converting to a toddler bed is you have both options. The problem with the mattress on the floor is will your child stay there. I have been putting him down to sleep there during the day.
Fingers crossed it means a longer nights sleep for me in the future! Lol That worked for me and the bass cost me 70 dollars from target. Sheridan I am due with our second soon, our son will be 19months old when bub is born. I have had the same dilemma with having a second cot or not.
My husband builds cots so he is making another for the new born as I find having them in our room in the bassinet makes it impossible to sleep!! My youngest want to sleep in the toddler bed a lot earlier than my son so we took the sides off and gave her a go, she loved it … i think she was about 17months and he would have been about months when he went into a toddler bed. You can get the ones that are that are the full length of the bed. I had my eldest in a single bed like this at 15 months!!
She was about 20 months old before she realised she could crawl to the end of the bed to get out! J Hope it helps! A trundle can later be used as a spare and roll under the single bed, but a toddler bed can be useful for years as well and may feel more secure for your toddler at such a young age. I did need to get a thicker cot mattress, cause the thin one gets uncomfortable once they get bigger — more weight. A 2nd cot would only be useful for another months at most.
This would fall somewhere in between a king and super king bed. Both types are controlled by a handset, which either has two separate switches or a rocker switch.
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