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Gah! Toddler throwing duvet off in the night and waking - any tips?!

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BotBotticelli Tue 28-Oct-14 09:57:37

DS1 is 22mo and a big tall this week we decided to stop putting him in Grobags to sleep, and bought a nice toddler duvet and pillow for his cot bed instead.

His feet were getting close to the bottom of the grobags and I am not convinced they will be warm enough this winter in our new house, I thought it would be warmer to have him under a duvet so i can layer up blankets when it's freezing too.

Anyway, it's not going well. He has started waking 2-3 times per night, and when i go in he is laid horizontally across the cot, not covered by a scrap of duvet at all! he is obviuosly cold and I think that's what's woken him.

Has anyone else had this when they ditched the grobags? Will he just get used to it? Any tips that i can use to encourage him to stay wrapped up?? I have started putting him to bed with socks on to make sure his feet are warmish, but that's not going to be enough when it gets proper chilly.


CarpeJugulum Tue 28-Oct-14 10:00:32

The Gro-company do a set of bedding that tucks under the bed. Or a cheaper version if he's in a cot bed is to put the cot bed duvet in a single duvet case and tuck that in. However, if needs to be at the bottom of the bed to prevent them wriggling totally under it IYSWIM?

BotBotticelli Tue 28-Oct-14 10:25:51

ooooh thanks you I hadn't spotted that the Gro Company made those, what a great (if massively expensive) idea.

CarpeJugulum Tue 28-Oct-14 11:07:18

Yep. The other good idea I got on here was a single duvet turned sideways and tucked under.

olivesnutsandcheese Tue 28-Oct-14 12:01:58

My DS 26 months is a real wriggler too and wouldn't cope without his sleeping bag.

He is pretty tall for his age but I managed to find the company slumbersac who make sleeping bags in age 3-6 and also 6-10 so figure I'm covered for a few years grin grin

MERLYPUSSEDOFF Tue 28-Oct-14 12:42:51

We did the single duvet sideways thing. Worked for my 2.

Theselittlelightsofmine Tue 28-Oct-14 12:45:55

Fleece sleep suits?

coolaschmoola Tue 28-Oct-14 12:50:14

Dd (3) STILL does this. She was a Gro bag baby, and slept through every night until she came out of her bags at two. Now she wakes up a couple of times a night.

Considering one of those sleeping bags with legs in.

WhatWouldCaitlinDo Tue 28-Oct-14 12:50:28

Jojo Maman Bebe have clever things that clip onto the duvet cover and go under the mattress so they can't kick the duvet off. Much cheaper than the GroCompany product AND if you stay elsewhere (friends / family / etc), it's much easier to bring a discrete clip than a whole load of bedding.

coolaschmoola Tue 28-Oct-14 12:51:21

She's always been a kicker, which is fine in a bag, but once a duvet is off it's off.

dietcokeandwine Tue 28-Oct-14 18:20:19

Put him back in the grobags OP, you can get them up to age 6 years. My eldest refused a duvet so I had several giant grobags!

Failing that, how about a fleece onesie? These are really popular at the moment so should be easy to find, less restrictive than a bag but would keep him warmer than just pjs.

EmilyGilmore Tue 28-Oct-14 18:22:57

My son had a sleeping bag till he was over 3. Best option.

thisismypassword Tue 28-Oct-14 18:35:41

I've just bought my dc 3 fleece pj siuts ready for her cot to toddler bed transition in a couple of months time. If it doesn't work, I've still got the sleeping bags!!!

Olivo Tue 28-Oct-14 18:40:36

I second the clip that keeps the duvet on. Not very expensive and still use mine with my 5yo.

jelliebelly Tue 28-Oct-14 18:49:02

Single duvet turned side wards and tucked in worked for both of ours

WhatWouldCaitlinDo Wed 29-Oct-14 21:45:03

If you do go back to gro bags, you can get 3.5 tog ones and higher togs by other makes on Amazon.

heymammy Wed 29-Oct-14 21:48:33

Yes, I second (third/fourth) the fleecy sleepsuit idea. Dc3 has always worn one over his pjs. He's 2.6 now and we're only just thinking of getting him a single quilt which we'll put sideways on his bed so less chance of it falling off at least.

SweepTheHalls Wed 29-Oct-14 21:50:10

Jojo duvet clips are brilliant for this!

pookamoo Wed 29-Oct-14 21:51:02

We went for fleece sleepsuits and they were great.

stargirl1701 Wed 29-Oct-14 21:51:35

26 month old DD1 still in bags. We plan to keep her in them until she is dry overnight as she may then need to get up to pee.

QuicheConverter Wed 29-Oct-14 21:52:17

My oldest dd always hated her gro ages so we moved to fleece all in ones (with feet) pretty early - 6 months ish iirc. Dd2 was happy in a gro bag but when we moved her to a bed she hated the duvet so she went into fleece onsies too.

Now they're older try manage the duvet fine but still like their fleece suits in the winter.

brakespeare Thu 30-Oct-14 21:42:30

Just to say it can be hard to get a fleece sleep suit without a hood, but mothercare do them, as does dunnes stores (if you have them where you are?) I tried this but my child stripped off in the night as she was too hot hmm

flappybatwing Fri 31-Oct-14 03:24:05

My DD is in a single bed and we had the same issue to start with. I have put a single sheet sideways over the foot-end of the duvet and bed and tucked it in tightly. This has solved the problem.

My Mum said, "when you were small we used sheets and blankets and tucked them in so you couldn't kick them off." Not as nice as a duvet maybe, but another (relatively inexpensive) option.

lolalotta Sat 01-Nov-14 06:07:19

Fleece sleep suit worked for our 14month old DD! grin

lolalotta Sat 01-Nov-14 06:07:48

With PJs layered under...

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