We've not long got Amelia to sleep in her cot so you may be wondering we we decided to move her into her own bed so soon. Well the main reason is she still doesn't sleep through the night. She would wake between 12/1/2am and come back into bed with us. She's always favoured sleeping in our bed ever since the word go, so I figured it was the cot she didn't like sleeping in. Perhaps having a big girls bed like mummy and daddy would make her feel more comfortable. We have been trying it out for the past week and she's actually doing really well. She's now 20 months old which some may say is too early but I think its just the right age. She's never climbed out of the cot, probably because she only started sleeping in it from 14 months so she never really associated it with having to stay in there. We bought her toddler bed nearly two months ago now just so she would get used to it and we thought we'd wait until we got back off holiday to try her in it once she was back to sleeping in her cot again.
I'm still doing everything we usually do at bed time, we wind down downstairs, then go upstairs and read a book. I then put her down awake with lullabies on the iPad and she goes to sleep by me rubbing her belly. She now only takes 10 minutes to fall asleep compared to 40-60 in the past which is amazing! I think part of this is due to the fact she's stopped her day time naps, it's been over a month now and I'm glad she has as it's so much easier getting her down to sleep. I also get my evenings to myself again as she's asleep at 8pm compare to 10/11pm.
She sleeps with a barrier on the side but she's never right up next to it so I think she would be okay without it. I have some bed bumpers on the way to try out soon so I shall let you all know how we get on with those, they look fantastic! I might put her cot mattress underneath and pull it out at night time. I also invested in another baby gate for her bedroom as she still wakes in the night she's been climbing into our bed because I haven't heard her crying. When she was in the cot I would hear her and go through to get her, however now she just wakes up and toddles through - no crying and climbs into bed. The first night I got such a fright not kidding I had no idea who it was ha ha! But every other day I've woken up in the morning and she's in bed with us so no idea what time she's come through, although it's been later than 2am which is great!!
So overall, I don't regret transitioning her to her toddler bed at all. It's worked out really well for us. The next step is to get her to fall asleep on her own without us in the room. But for now it's working and we are getting sleep! I will give it another week or so and then take down her cot so I can complete the rest of her room.
What's your experience with transitioning from cot to bed?
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