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tips for moving from grobag to duvet please

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deaconblue Wed 26-Sep-07 12:02:03

Am nervous that we'll end up with sleepless nights when we try to switch ds (17months) to duvet this weekend. Do you tuck it in at first to stop him getting cold? How long did your dc's take to work out they need to snuggle under?

Loochyloo Wed 26-Sep-07 12:18:08

Oh gawd am thinking exactly the same and mine is 3.2! He is now finaly too big for cot and tho still sleeps there happily have decided to move him to bed cos can hear him crashing against the sides in the night! So can't help really but would be interested in how it goes! Am going to try tucking in (and putting a spare matteress on the floor!) also I think a firm hand for wandering tots is needed (straight back into their bed) and a lot of patience!

thehairybabysmum Wed 26-Sep-07 12:27:26

we did this switch 3 weeks ago for 21 month old ds...absolutely no problems. We also switched to bed form a cot at same time...he just climbs in lies on front bum in the air and i pop the duvet over.

scattyspice Wed 26-Sep-07 12:29:59

Thick PJs

princessmel Wed 26-Sep-07 12:33:53

We put the duvet width ways accross the bed. then tuck it in under the mattress. It sort of meets in the middle. It works well as ds is not very tall so his feet don't stick out. Lots of my friends do this.

snowleopard Wed 26-Sep-07 12:34:01

We found it went much better than I expected. A good big duvet helps - eg if you use a full size single duvet on a cotbed, then you can tuck it in more easily at the sides and tuck the foot end under the mattress to hold it in place (obviously so that it comes up to a safe chest level at the head end). DS does still thrash around and throw it off sometimes, but seems to stay asleep. Good snug-fitting pjs or an all-in-one sleepsuit help to avoid him getting a cold waist frompj top riding up - we got age 2-3 sleepsuits from M&S.

Piggy Wed 26-Sep-07 12:34:52

We did it with ds1 at 2.6 when he moved into a big bed. I was surprised at how well he took to the big bed and to the duvet. He had been in a grow bag since he was new born and I thought it might turn into a big battle but it was easy - no fuss at all. (And my ds1 makes a fuss whenever he can....)

princessmel Wed 26-Sep-07 12:36:28

ds stayed in his grobag in his toddler bed till he was 3.2.

I kept saying to him 'one day you'll be too big for this (it was aged 18-36m)grobag. And one day he woke up and and said 'Im too big for my zippy now' So we went and got a duvet that day.

tasja Wed 26-Sep-07 12:37:46

did this 2 weeks ago, from cot to bed and from grobag to under duvet. Long sleepsuits seem to work.

snowleopard Wed 26-Sep-07 12:39:16

Oh yes and don't forget to make a big deal out of it - big boy duvet, special big boy bed etc. DS really loves all that stuff and announces every morning that he has been in his big boy bed.

mistypeaks Wed 26-Sep-07 12:50:30

snow leopard I seem to remember you from a thread asking about advice on moving from cot to bed? Am I right? If so glad it went so well.

snowleopard Wed 26-Sep-07 12:53:32

Yes misty, we were amazed! DS loved it from the start and only fell out twice, on the first night - one of those times, he didn't even wake up I was really surprised at how, after having rolled around in his cot so much that he frequently ended up with his face squished against the bars, he just seemed to adapt to a bed and knows how to stay in it.

mistypeaks Wed 26-Sep-07 12:55:23

They are amazing aren't they. Constantly adapting to stuff.

Sunshinemummy Wed 26-Sep-07 12:59:26

Shoppingbags - have you moved your DS to a big bed then? My DS is 18m and still in cot with grobag but was wondering when best time to move him as we have already bought his bed and it is waiting in the loft for him.

deaconblue Thu 27-Sep-07 11:53:28

thanks for so many helpful messages. He's still in a cot but we plan to move him into his toddler bed after Chrsitams and thought we'd go for a gradual change by doing the duvet thing first. Have bought lovely snuggly pj's and will put vest under to avoid gap around the midrift. Think I might go back in after he falls asleep to put duvet on as I think he wriggles a lot in the few minutes between putting him down and him nodding off.

ladygrinningsoul Thu 27-Sep-07 18:33:27

If you have an 0.5 tog summer grobag, try using it and the duvet together for a couple of nights to get him used to having the duvet - worked for us.

deaconblue Fri 28-Sep-07 08:45:54

that's a good idea. We have a sheet grobag which just fits him. Duvet is on bed this morning ready for tonight's first attempt. Seems like a rite of passage

Acinonyx Fri 28-Sep-07 12:01:02

We use heavy pjs (with a vest if it's really suddenly cold and our heating hasn't caught up) but then it gets too hot under a duvet so when it's not very cold we use one or two cotton cot blankets instead. Dd is 26 mo and will generally say which she wants and whether it is 'too much cosy warm'. We moved to the cot bed and duvet when she turned 2 in July.

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