Harry has always been a pretty good sleeper from the word go. He started sleeping through the night from approx six weeks and very rarely wakes up during the night unless he's poorly. His big sister on the other hand never took to her cot and ended up co-sleeping with us, which of course I didn't mind as she was breastfed it seemed easier at the time. However when the time came to try and get her to sleep on her own she wouldn't. She hated her cot so the easiest solution at the time was to get her a toddler bed.
When we first introduced her to it she was 18 months old and she slept better in it than the cot although still ended up back in my bed by midnight. I had three years of giving up my evenings to sit next to her tucked up in bed, holding her hand or stroking her back until she fell asleep until Harry was born and I had enough and decided to get them both into a routine and finally get my evenings to myself once they were asleep.
I'd been wanting to decorate Harry's room for a few months now and make it into more of a big boy room than a nursery, but with his cot in there which seems to take up a lot of space with it being a box room I thought I'd wait until he was in a toddler bed. Harry had also started to climb his cot side recently and I even caught him half way over the top of it on the baby monitor so as he is 18 months next week I decided to get Amelia's toddler bed out of the attic and give it a go. What's the worst that could happen I thought, after all he's been such a good sleeper.
I put it up in the morning as I thought we could give nap time a go and let him adjust to it before bedtime but that went out of the window as he threw every single item out of his room onto the landing, books, toys, boxes, clothes. So with no nap I thought he'd go down easier at night time, and I removed everything from him room apart from the furniture and put his cot back in there just incase. It took him 3 hours but he eventually went to sleep! He just wouldn't stay in his bed now that he had all that freedom to run around and play! He did eventually get bored and climbed back into bed and fell asleep after screaming the house down.
The same happened the next day, no nap but he did sleep in the bed overnight. He's now been sleeping in the bed for nearly a week, some nights he'll take longer to go down as he just jumps out of bed once I put him in it but I just have to leave him and he'll eventually go. It's taking less time for him to give up and climb back into bed now. Although twice now I've found him fast asleep on the floor next to his bed. I've definitely found it a lot easier transitioning Harry from cot to bed than with Amelia although its still early days I think he'll eventually get used to the bed and won't get out anymore.
I've made a start on his room and still have a few more finishing touches to make but it's definitely progress and looking more like a little boys room than a dumping ground for all of his toys and clothes.