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01/06/2011 at 12:39
Does anyone have any hints or tips on taking the sides down off a cotbed?
My little boy is 16 months old now, and has been sleeping in a toddler bed at nursery for the past 2 weeks, as they are preparing him, for moving up into the "Big Boys" room in July/August, and he's sleeping in it really well.
I caught him with his foot on the very top bar of the cotrails of his cotbed at home, and now worried it won't be long before he climbs over the top.
Part of me thinks, their not babies for long,- but the other part of me thinks, I would never forgive myself if he fell over the top?
What worked best, when / if you did it? Any advice?!
Ps He's a confident walker (and running!) Thank you!! xxx
02/06/2011 at 06:50
i know how you feel its quite a daunting time because you feel as soon as they are in a bed they are no longer babies but you don't want to run the risk of little man trying to climb out and then possibly hurting himself.
we took charlie out of his cotbed around the same age as your little boy because he started to climb out. we were goin to take the side off see how he goes, then change it fully into the bed, but we didn't, we went straight from the cot to the bed. he helped us to take the cot apart and turn it into the bed and for the first few weeks i used the bedding he had been using whilst it was a cot which seemed to help with the change. i'm not goin to lie we had a few tears for the first few nights which we totally expected because you have to remember they've been used to being surrounded by crib sides for the first 16 months of their life, but by having familiar bedding, nightlights and soft toys around should help.
when we changed the cotbed into the bed we put some extra pillows on the floor at night just in case he fell out, toddler/cotbeds fortunatly are quite low to the floor so its not a long way to fall if he did topple out but its obviously not a nice feeling if ur fast asleep at the time lol...we also put a stairgate on his door because he had the freedom to get in and out of bed. we stuck to our original bedtime routine and if he got out of bed we would just put him back in without talking to him.
some nights were a bit more stressful than others but mainly things were pretty normal for us and it all went fairly well...charlie is now 3 1/2 and sleeping in a full sized single bed so for us transfering him from cot to bed at 16 months worked well
you just have to go with your gut instinct hun and i would say if your little boy is used to sleeping in a bed at nursery then the change for him at home might be a little less stressful for you all. don't forget there are the toddler bed guards you can get in case you are worried he will fall out but like i said we just used cushions/pillows
hope this helps
02/06/2011 at 08:14
Hi Zoe, that sounds like great advice! I think I may try it in the next couple of days, whilst I am not at work, that way if we have some unsettled nights, I'm not worrying about going to work early in the morning! Thanks for replying! It helps knowing someone else has tried at this age! I've no idea what the age is supposed to be for taking the sides off! Thats a great idea about the pillows! will try that! Will make me a little less worried about him falling out! I'll let you know how i get on!
02/06/2011 at 08:44
hey hun no worries always happy to help
the trouble with us mummys is we forget to generally go with our gut instincts on many things regarding our kiddie winks due to we worry too much about what professional may say or think. as long as our little ones aren't in danger i've begun to realise we need to give things a go just like we get our little ones to try new things.
charlie is 3 1/2 and 2 weeks ago we took him out of nappies at night time i decided to do it because a)we had 1 nappy left and b) i'm pregnant with my second and i really didn't want both of them in nappies but my hv said not to bother taking him out of nappies at night until they are dry in the morning...as much as i appreciate her advice i'm glad i didn't wait till his nappies were dry because he's only had 4 accidents in the last 2 weeks and the rest of the time he has been dry so i think it just goes to show deep down we do know whats best we just need a little nudge in the right direction
hope it all goes well hun, always around if u need a chat, good luck for the next few nights
03/06/2011 at 20:26
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