Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The Transition From Cot To Bed

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I'm not quite sure how it happened but Daddy and I were just talking about little J's room and the next minute we were building his toddler bed. We have had his toddler bed for a little while. We saw it online, liked it and it was on offer so we bought it. To be honest I had no idea when we were going to move little J from his cot to his bed but I wanted to buy it anyway.

I had googled a few weeks ago about looking out for signs to show when your child is ready. One major sign is them being able to get out of the cot or having a pretty good go at getting their leg over the bars. Little J hasn't done this but he is very tall and this was my main concern. When he stands he does tower over the top. Another sign is not being able to settle in the cot. Up until very recently little J has always slept in a sleeping bag but he has started to look uncomfortable and restricted. We decided to stop putting him in the sleeping bag and he did seem more settled. He obviously wouldn't be able to wear the sleeping bag once he was in the bed anyway so it was time to lose it.

So despite him not showing any sure signs of being ready for the transition we decided to give it a go anyway. We built the bed together, he stayed in the room and watched as it was put together. It didn't take very long and I am really pleased we chose the Disney Cars Toddler Bed

I had read some reviews of toddler beds where parents had said they are a waste of money and eventually they need a bigger bed anyway but I think it is perfect. Its just the right height off the floor so he can climb in and out easily.

We weren't sure what to expect on the first night of him in his own bed. Obviously we knew he would be excited and having the freedom to get in and out of the bed was going to be a novelty, but hopefully that would wear off.

We kept his usually bedtime routine and when it was time to go up to bed we tucked him in, kissed him goodnight and walked towards the door. He seemed fine at first but when we shut his new toddler gate he screamed. He was really upset and was trying to get out. This lasted minutes before he went off and played in his room. We left him for five minutes at a time and then went back in, walking him to his bed, tucking him in, kissing goodnight then leaving. Before we had even closed the gate he was out the bed and playing again.

I did a google search looking for the best way to deal with this but there are so many ideas, tips and advice and to be honest I think you just have to do whats right for you. We did let this continue for longer than I had hoped but on one of the times Daddy went in he didn't get out the bed, he just snuggled in to his teddies and started to drift off to sleep. Phew. He was asleep but for how long?

I actually thought we would hear footsteps during the night or him playing with his toys but he didn't actually get out the bed till morning. I was quite shocked. He did wake a few times during the night but he has been doing that anyway as he is cutting his second molars.

Night two was a little different, we did his bedtime routine as usual but instantly after putting him to bed he was up and out playing. I am not sure whether its right to just let him play so I popped him back in straight away. Infact every time he tried to get out I put him back in. He found this funny at first then he got a little frustrated. I thought eventually he would give up and he did but he gave it a good go. I think this lasted over a hour of me just putting him back in to bed.

I think we will just have to see how this goes. We will keep this going for a few weeks. and we have kept the cot accessible just incase we have to set it up again. If he does have to go back to his cot I won't see it as a step back just he wasn't ready and we will try again when he is a little older. The age range for moving in to a bed is huge. 18-42 months is the average age, little J is only 24 months so we may have gone to early or he may be fine. Only time will tell.

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  1. Ooh gosh, good luck. It's a hard one, but you don't want bedtime becoming a battle ground.

  2. That is a lovely bed - really sweet. Little J is looking so grown up.


  3. Very cute! We're at this stage with one of ours too. He likes Thomas the Tank Engine too so we tried one of their ready-beds but next time we move I want to find him a nice toddler bed.

  4. He looks super happy. :D
    I can see I'm not the only one with a Thomas fan! hehe

    Have you tried staying with him until he falls asleep? :)


  5. Fab room, brilliant bed and I really like your little tree night light. Its such a big step I completely under estimated it when we moved our little boy into his toddler bed... if it counts for anything I did exactly the same thing :) xx

  6. Aaah good luck to you! I'm absolutely dreading my two going into their beds, although they're not showing any signs at all of wanting to at the moment, thankfully! They turned two last month and they're still really good sleepers — they settle in the cots really well so until that changes, I'm going to wait!. Stick with it and see how it goes but I would imagine this transition period is normal and he'll settle very soon. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    Caro |

  7. My daughter is two at the end of may and we have been thinking about moving her to a toddler bed soon , i am worried she will just get up and run wild all night though x #sharewithme

  8. Oh what a lovely bed and big boy now. MM will be going into a cot bed soon too this summer. I am not ready for her to grow up but I know she is. It just goes too fast. Enjoy big boy bed now!!! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  9. How amazing is this! Well done to your big boy and what a lovely bed he has too! Thanks so much for linking up! #MMWBH

  10. The toddler bed is cute and seems like a good idea. I hope will soon adapt and stay in his bed at bedtime. Good luck!

  11. We went with a crib that easily converted to a toddler bed so that the transition wasn't as exciting for her. I think that keeping your routines as close to before as possible is key

  12. Good luck! I really feel for you. He will eventually get there one day. Just don't give up. Keep putting him back to bed when he gets out & don't say a word.
    Have you tried a sticker chart? Or what a friend of mine does is she has an advent calendar and her daughter can have one chocolate every morning if she has slept in her own bed all night. Just a thought!

  13. I found bedtime really hard when my little boy was younger and I'm not even sure what actually worked. He didn't like the cot at all and he went straight to a full size single bed with a guard at 15 months!! I wouldn't say that made it much easier, but now at 3 and a half, he knows when he's tired and asks to go to bed! #ToddlersAndTeens

  14. We recntly had to take the sides off of midges cot as she can climb out, at first she was brilliant staying in bed and falling to sleep, now when shes put in she gets out numerous times untill she falls asleep exhausted which is bad because then shes so tired when she gets up the next morning shes still tired! we are trying to get her to stay in bed but it doesnt work. And our doors are very wide so gates dont fit on them!


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