Moving to a bed at 17 months - is this a crazy idea?(12 Posts)
DS is 17 months. Hes a dreadful sleeper I think part of the problem is he doesnt really like his cot. He wriggles around a lot and bangs into the sides, which wakes him up I can hear it happening over the monitor. Its a Stokke cot, so a bit smaller/shorter than average and hes a long-ish child.
The last couple of nights hes ended up on the floor of his room with one of us next to him on a roll out futon hes very happy with that and sleeps for ages. Its not (I dont think) our presence more the fact that he can rotate to his hearts content and get comfortable.
We moved dd to a bed just before she turned 2 no problems, she took to it straight away but ds is a lot younger. He doesnt say anything he understands everything we say to him, but hes obviously a bit little for the whole youre a big boy so you have a big bed chat.
Am I completely insane to even contemplate putting him to bed on the futon? His room is very safe- he wouldnt get up to any mischief, plus hes in his sleeping bag so not really able to make a break for freedom. I suppose I can always go back to the cot if it doesnt help but just wondered if anyone had found an early move to a proper bed made a difference to the sleeping patterns.
my ds was in a bed by 19 mths and all was well limit the toys he can reach in his room and read a story uintil asleep and shopuldnt be too much of a problem lol
my friend is about to move her 14 mth old for the reason that she now has phobia of her cot
Have you thought it could be the sleeping bag that's bothering him? I think they are great for smaller babies, but once they could stand my DC hated them.
If you think he'll sleep better, then go for it. We moved dd1 into a bed at aged 19 months (actually a mattress on the floor), because she could climb out of her cot. It was hard work getting her to stay in her bed!
my dd hated sleeping bags as well, she just just to take them off. Before that she would trip over trying to stand out in one.
Both my dc went into beds/mattresses on the floor at 18 months and it was fine.
Another early one here - DS was out of his cot at 15 months, as he was close to climbing out. So long as he can't get anywhere dangerous, no problem with him sleeping on a futon or a mattress, or even a bed so long as it's fairly close to the floor!
No personal experience, but i can recount the story of one of my nephews when he was about this age coming to stay with us (we had no DCs then so no cot etc and his parents had no travel cot) so we put him to bed on the futon in the room his parents were staying in so felt he would be safe - he was in a sleeping bag.
Anyhoo - in the middle of the night, his Dad got up and looked across to find no sign of his son!! He looked everywhere!! No baby!! Just before he panicked - he looked in our wardrobe (to be fair it's quite a large dressing room area that is curtained off rather than has an actual door on it) and found him huddled up against one of the radiators in the corner. He had somehow caterpillared himself off the futon, across the room, through the curtains and into the corner of the dressing room!! No harm done - apart from Dad's panic in the dark, and very cute story the next day with the rest of us imagining this little boy bundled up in the corner of a dark wardrobe!!
Maybe you should just check he can't open the bedroom door - or that you have a stair gate though just in case.
My DS (14 months) can't sleep if I put him in a sleeping bag. Gets all agitated and wriggles all over the place. Have you tried him out of the sleeping bag? DS just wears a number of layers of sleep suits to bed so I don't have to worry about him kicking off his sheets etc.
DD went in a bed at 18 months. She settled in it far better than she did in a cot.
I abandoned grobag for Ds when he was about 15 months because he was annoying himself kicking at it. Now he has a thick fleecy suit over his babygro and seems much happier and more easily settled (touch wood). I will be putting him into a low bed at Christmas though (he will be 22 months then.
All 3 of mine were in a bed by 15 months, DS3 at 13 months. They were much more settled especially with the Thomas Tank duvet cover and pillowcase that we used for them when they first moved. Mine all used to crack their heads against the cot bars all night, waking themselves and us up.
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