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transition from cot to bed and sleeping bag to duvet

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LimesMum Wed 18-May-16 06:09:58

DD has managed to climb out of her cot in her seeping bag so think it's time to turn it into a cot bed!

Just wondering if anyone has advice on best way of doing this as think she will just get up and come downstairs now! Thinking I'll put a stair gate on her door.

Also do you think it's best to go for a pillow and duvet rather than a sleeping bag at the same time? Or should I try the pillow and duvet first before removing the sides? Or of course vice versa?


InTheSandPit Wed 18-May-16 06:21:30

Since she has climbed out, the decision has been made. Bars off ASAP. For naps today if possible. If she climbs and topples head first, you could be in for a trip to A&E.
Can she reach the door handle? That might give you time to get her used to staying in bed.
Sleeping bag / duvet is your choice.

Seeyounearertime Wed 18-May-16 06:22:04

When we changed we removed the sides and went for a duvet and no pillow. We didn't stair gate her door, but we did gate the top of the stairs. We didn't need to worry though because she couldn't open her door. She's only just learnt to open doors at 3 years old. grin

Millionprammiles Wed 18-May-16 08:56:26

I'd stairgate the top of the stairs in case she gets up half asleep in the middle of the night and takes a tumble.

Falling out of bed was a bigger issue. We still use a gro-duvet - it partially zips to the bed so stops them falling out but still lets air in. Or you could put the duvet on horizontally and tuck the sides in, though in warm weather this can be a bit stifling.

We also tied cot bumpers round the headboard as for some reason dd kept bumping her head on it.

She will get out of bed but (if you're lucky) the novelty will wear off soon. Be prepared to have the life scared out of you at 3am by a small child standing quietly next to your bed.
It'll be just another bedtime/behaviour challenge. We used reward charts/jars from around 3.

howiloveanicecupoftea Wed 18-May-16 09:47:16

How old is your DD OP?

soundsystem Wed 18-May-16 14:36:15

We did the switch to duvet at the same time as the bed transition as it just seemed easier than doing another change later on.

We don't have a stairgate on the bedroom door as she can't open the door. So we close it when she goes to bed and open it slightly when we go up, so she can come and get us in the morning. We do have a stairgate across the top of the stairs as her bedroom is directly opposite (in case she came out of her room and took a tumble).

LimesMum Wed 18-May-16 15:15:06

Thanks all

DD is 2 yrs 3 months

She didn't get out at nap yesterday or overnight/this morning but I'm worried she will as now knows how to so think it's going to have to be done! Husband wasn't here to remove sides last night.

Definitely going to put the gate on in case as I'll be too worried about her falling down the stairs which are right outside her room.

Yes she knows how to open the door unfortunately...

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