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Any tips for successful transition from cot to bed??!!

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Mandymoo Sun 17-Apr-05 15:48:24

Hi DD is two and a quarter and will be going into a bed next week. Does anyone have any tips for making this change a relatively stress free one?! Anything would be helpful X

ambrosia Sun 17-Apr-05 16:16:03

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Peachyclair Sun 17-Apr-05 16:19:17

Don't treat it like a big deal. The more you worry, the more your little one will. Casually mention to dp in dd's hearing that dd is getting a big bed because you know she is a big girl and not a baby any more- believe me, she'll want to prove you right!

collision Sun 17-Apr-05 16:20:33

we didnt have a problem and didnt even mention it to ds as we didnt want to make a big deal of it. We put a mattress under the bed too so if he fell out he wouldnt hurt himself.

Lots of praise the next day and what a big boy he was and he never gets out. He is 3 now.

redsky Sun 17-Apr-05 16:21:46

ds was a bit iffy about the idea until I used a bed guard thingy which just gave him (and me) a bit of a sense of security against falling out accidentally. Think the 'not a big deal' approach has a lot going for it.

Gobbledigook Sun 17-Apr-05 16:23:35

I'm a bit with Peachyclair - all my NCT friends fretted about it and I just didn't think about it as being a problem and luckily it wasn't. Moved ds1 when he was about 20 months as ds2 needed his cot! Moved ds2 this Jan and he was jus 2 cos we moved house and ds3 needed the cot!

Never had a problem really - they can get up a bit more really but if they are tired and normally good sleepers you'll probably find it fine!

Gobbledigook Sun 17-Apr-05 16:24:20

Never used a bedguard either - ds1 has never fallen out, ds2 fell out a couple of times but he was so near the ground he didn't do any damage!!

Peachyclair Sun 17-Apr-05 16:42:46

Two of my 3 have been Ok, nearing ds 3's turn soon. DS1 moved at 13.5 months due to imminent birth of sibling and was OK, I think he felt less 'caged in'. Certainly slept better afterwards.

lockets Sun 17-Apr-05 16:46:43

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pixel Tue 19-Apr-05 00:46:32

One day we just said that we were going to 'let' dd sleep in the big bed like we were doing her a huge favour! That seemed to make her quite keen!

QueenEagle Tue 19-Apr-05 00:52:12

Let her choose a new duvet cover. Go up to look at the bed a couple times in the day and say where's your big bed? Oh lucky you, you'll be able to sleep in it tonight.

Make it exciting, like a treat, she'll love it.

Mandymoo Sun 24-Apr-05 22:04:31

Well DD had first night in her bed tonight!! Bless her. She looked so small in her new bed! ANyway, after an hour of pushing the boundries a bit (ie, realising she can actually escape now!!) she finally settled with relatively little fuss. Thanks for all your excellent advice ladies - i really appreiciate it XXX

Mandymoo Mon 25-Apr-05 20:50:27

2nd night of DD being in bed - any advice on keeping her there???!!!!!

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