wasn't sure where to put this. just looking for a bit of advice. my dd is 21 months and still sleeping in a cot. its a cot bed so in no way too small. but my friend came round the other day and couldn't get over that she was still in a cot! thing is I'm 9 weeks preg with baby no 2 and shattered. can't bare the thought of upsetting her routine when she sleeps 12 hours straight. what have people found? is it that bad or am I making a rod for my back ? she will be about 2.5 when baby arrives so my gut says we should do it before then but then my sleepy head says cant we wait until baby is here and maybe a little more settled - like 3 months plus . or am I missing something?
puddleduck27 I'm 9 weeks and my DS is 22 months and still in a cot. If all goes well with my pregnancy we will move him into his big boy room in July. I'm also worrying about him not sleeping and him feeling pushed out. We will muddle through.
I'm due in 3 weeks which is a week of dd1's 2nd birthday and she still has the sides on her cot bed, I really don't see the problem, like yours she sleeps 12-14 hours happily and what's the point in rocking the boat?
She's too young to understand the concept of staying in bed and I've found a 2-3 year sleeping bag so she can't climb out although she's never tried, I plan to leave the sides on as long as I can.
It'd cause a whole load of problems if she could get into our room and see her baby sister sleeps in there with us, ignorance is bliss
We have been thinking about another baby for a while but now its real! Its scary. Around July time sounds like a good time to make the change. I guess we can always go back to cot if really doesn't work. would be nice to have her settled in big girls bed. Im just worried baby will wake her. don't want to start bad habits because I'm knackered. I am worried about her feeling pushed out too. don't even know how I'm gonna deal with that one! hoping a few presents ( from baby) and a lot of fuss around her will help. And potty training is next on my list. hopefully
dogsmom that's so true. she would not be impressed knowing baby was allowed to sleep in with us! although I do worry about her climbing out - touch wood she's never tried - she's never really liked the sleeping bags either . I may have to put a gate across her room if we move her before next baby don't like the thought of her getting up to anything she shouldn't
same here, and I'm not planning to remove the sides before he starts climbing up and it becomes dangerous - he has never tried though. He sleeps brilliantly, would be mad to risk messing it up because someone's arbitrary opinion.
I took the sides off dd bed at nearly 2 because I was pregnant and struggling to lift her out and knew it was only getting harder I also caught her standing on the end of her cot. It's caused no problems what so ever she knows she's not allowed out of bed and is mostly very good about it. Sometimes I've found toys or books in her bed that weren't there when I put her to bed even once found her wearing her wellies but she still sleeps fantasticly and loved becoming a big girl. Certainly wouldn't have done it because of someones comment though, it was right for dd so do what makes yoyr life easy.
I've been having a similar debate with myself! My DS is 18mo and will be 2yo when DC2 arrives. We're moving him into a new room at Easter but keeping him in the cot bed with the sides up. He's made no attempt to climb out and until he does I'm not rocking the boat!! Sleep is way too precious!
My youngest is 2.5 and still in her cot - she's plenty of room in it. I am 7 months pregnant and although I want to move her into a bed before the baby arrives I am dreading it - she naps beautifully in the cot and sleeps well, no problems going off to sleep, I know when we move her into a bed the naps will go and bedtime will become playtime.....!!
I'm fairly sure DD1 was still in a cot at 2. She also has a cot bed. I would do anything to not upset her sleep! We have DD2 when DD1 is 2.5yo and we actually just bought a new cot from ikea. You need a new mattress anyway and that's bulk of the cost.
I'm 25weeks pregnant and just took the sides off my 3 year olds cot bed. She had never tried to climb out of her cot but just thought it would be a good thing to do before this one arrived... She is older than your little one, so I wouldn't worry about it. She settled into it fine and after 2.5 weeks of being in her "big girl" bed hasn't got out of bed until the sunshine came up on her gro clock (love the clock!) each morning at 7:15.
Don't be pressured into moving your little one. My boy only went into a bed last month just after turning 3. He slept so well in his cot, both at night and for naps, and never tried to get out so we didn't push it. Felt it was the right time last month and he still sleeps well, glad we didn't rush it even though all his peers were in beds ages ago ( and dont sleep nearly as well as he does.)
sleep is precious especially at the moment. didn't think about naps really, I doubt she would nap in a bed. im sure shed just get up and play. another reason to postpone! Yeah I figure wed need a new mattress and either cot or toddler bed so cost is same.
Totally agree with dogsman if he's sleeping nicely why rock the boat . Ds is 2.2 and still in cot bed with sides. He has shown no signs of wanting to climb out, he has plenty of room in there and is happy in there and generally sleeps 11-13 hours. Why cause yourself potential problems by moving him?
I too am going to keep the sides on as long as possible as why fix something that's not broken? I am due with dd tomorrow and can do without two children waking up in the night.