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transition from moses basket to cot - any tips?

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clarechick Mon 07-Feb-11 12:02:27

Ny dd is 16 weeks and is really getting too big for her moses basket? does anyone have any tips for a stress free transfer to her cot?

Should we put cot in our room for a while in the cot or put her straight into her own room? or put moses basket in her cot for a few nights first?.... just not sure what to do... she is getting increasingly hard to settle to sleep at night as it is so dreading this next step even more now!

clarechick Mon 07-Feb-11 12:05:49

sorry for the confused posting but a little sleep deprived today - hope it makes sense!!!

climategirl Mon 07-Feb-11 12:09:17

We went through this process a month ago. DS was 5 months and didnt like his cot at all at the first attempt. We think it was too big and cold. So we waited a week and then added bumpers so it felt more cosy. After one night of complaining he got used to it and is now very happy in his cot.

We think the change from being snug in moses basket to the open plains of the cot was the problem but he adapted quickly.

However, our cot is by the bed side (we dont have a spare room for him) - so, as you say, you may want to make only one change at a time.
Hope it goes well.

notskiving Mon 07-Feb-11 12:09:44

we put the moses basket in the cot but cot was in our room

cupoftea1 Mon 07-Feb-11 12:25:33

Hi Clarechick, I'm going through exactly the same stage as you! Just logged on for some tips too and saw your post.
I've tried putting my son into his room without the moses basket, but he wasn't having any of it and I've tried him in the moses basket in the cot and he wasn't having that either. Don't know what to do either. He still wakes up several times a night so in a way it would be easier to wait until he sleeps through (God knows when that will be!)but he's also getting to the point where he is outgrowing the basket.
Will sit with you and hope someone has some good tips. x

mama2alex Tue 08-Feb-11 19:43:08

Hi, I had the same problem with my little boy. We have a cot bed and it was so big compared to his cosy little moses basket. I wanted to get one of these www.safababy.com/products/safababysleeper.htm but couldn't really justify the cost so I used the cot top changing mat and hung a blanket over it to divide the cot. Not the safest solution but it was while he didn't move much. I also have one of these breathable cot bumpers which covered up the sides and made the cot a lot cosier.

HopeForTheBest Tue 08-Feb-11 19:53:39

We couldn't fit the cot in our room, but I didn't want ds sleeping in his room yet as was bf-ing and couldn't be arsed didn't really fancy traipsing into his room in the middle of the night.

So we got a Baby Bay, which is one of those open-sided beds that goes on the side of your bed. So he had his own space, but was right next to me, which was handy for bf and I think very comforting for him to have me so near.

We then did the transition to cot by doing day naps in cot in his room, but nights still in baby bay in our room.

JessieEssex Tue 08-Feb-11 20:52:19

Hi - I worried about this for quite a while and subsequently put off the transfer to cot for longer than I should have done - my DD was wedged into her moses basket by the end! I psyched myself up for a nightmare, as she isn't the best sleeper, but she loved it from the beginning. We had the cot in our room, in the same place that the moses basket had been, so the temperature, smell, sounds, view etc was all the same, and used the same blankets and comforter toys that she had in the basket (without washing so that they smelled comforting). The first night, I went in to check on her, and she was lying with her arms stretched out to the sides, enjoying all the space! I know that we were very lucky with this, but I'd recommend just giving it a go - your DD might surprise you! x

clarechick Tue 08-Feb-11 21:15:52

Thanks for all you help and advise on this one ladies- sound like I will have to just go for it with the cot and see... good idea about using same bedding, toys etc and I think I will put in something that smells of me too or her muslin square etc possibly.

Hope for the best - the baby bay sounds good but don't think we would have room. DD has suddenly went from no feeds during the night to suddenly two last night, so the though of traipsing in and out of her room during the night does not appeal at the minute at all! I think I will try and persuade dh to put the cot in our room for a while and go from there!!

weazelm Tue 08-Feb-11 21:18:22

try putting a mozart mobile above the cot they are very soothing and all babies love them. I also put the moses basket inside the cot and did this for all the sleeps in the day to.

vmcd28 Wed 09-Feb-11 20:37:26

Ds2 likes his cot better than his moses basket. I'd keep it in your room for now, makes night feeds easier.

I'm amazed any of your babies fit in the basket for 5 months! ! Ds2 was 10 weeks and was struggling to fit comfortably in his!

MissRedIndie Wed 09-Feb-11 21:06:58

My dd has a 'fun' end of her cot where I put her down for various periods during the day with toys etc, this helped her get used to her cot and used to being in there. I put her in the other end of the cot for day time naps, but she's still in our room for night time. I'm hoping that the transition will be easy as a result of her being so used to spending time there.

I think if you get dd used to being in her cot then the transition to spending all night there shouldn't be too hard. Good luck!

missdt Thu 10-Feb-11 09:39:56

same as jessieessex, our cot went where the moses basket had been. The first night we had moses basket at the ready in case ds kicked off but he slept fine, definitely enjoying the extra space with his arms stretched out. Dreading the move to a different room but who knows he could surprise us again.

smudger61 Sat 12-Feb-11 21:26:35

My little one has just gone into her cotbed at night having had day sleeps in her moses in the cotbed.
Teething has upset the process big time but what has seemed to help is changing the cotbed position.
I read up on feng shui principles - and she seems more restful - worth a try !

sheba1 Sun 13-Feb-11 19:50:23

We had one awful night when we moved our son to his cot (still in our room). Tried the next night with a cot bumper and he slept really well.

Haven't felt like moving him out yet, because if he does wake up, if we pop a dummy in straight away he goes back to sleep and so do we. Not so keen on walking to another room- I think I'll properly wake up.

He definitely likes the extra space in his cot and now sleeps with his arms stretched right out.

LooL00 Mon 14-Feb-11 10:22:39

dc3 is having her first nap in her cot at the moment ,age 32w blush . First I didn't move her because it was so cold, then she started sleeping a bit better and I needed more sleep myself, so we put it off until this morning and she settled ok once I rocked the cot a little bit. I'm not sure if I'm going to put her in it or the mosy tonight though,I'll see how her lunchtime nap goes.

designerspew Sat 24-Sep-11 08:13:27

Just reviving this thread..

Basically, son is now too big for the basket (has been for a while, but husband hasn't wanted to move him). Tonight's the night that we're putting him in the cot, but there's no room for it in our room, so he has to go into his own room.

I've been putting him in it for day naps for a week or so, and after a bit of coaxing, he's gone down for up to 50 mins.

He's started waking in the night again. Fed him last night and didn't make a jot of difference. So I'm wondering if he feels cramped and isn't sleeping well because of that. Or is that just wishful thinking?

Anyone else going through this at the moment?

Nx88 Sat 15-Nov-14 13:32:36

I'm so glad I'm not the only one feeling unsure about this!
My little one has had his first nap in his cotbed, which is in his nursery. I'm so proud of him for doing this as he's never been in there before as has been in his Moses basket in my room but he's hetting too big for it now at 17 weeks and he went down with no fuss.
However this afternoon wgilat playing he became a bit grizzly and without thinking I put him in his swing chair and he is now asleep in there. I am racked with guilt that he's asleep in there and not in his cotbed and feel a bit of a failure, like he's taken a big step back just because of me. I don't know why but I've got a bit upset with myself as I really don't know what I should be doing! My mum said just put him in his cotbed in the day to begin with (which Ive already failed) and then move him into there at night next week whereas others have said put him straight in there at night as he has to get used to it!
I want to follow my instincts but I've never done this before and feel like I'm making him take a step forward then five back!

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