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moving from co-sleeping to a cot. Help!!

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jeckadeck Sun 14-Aug-11 13:49:07

pretty self-explanatory really: dd is six months old and has co-slept since shortly after birth. And yes, before anyone says it I know I've made a rod for my own back but what's done is done. She's been in the cot two nights so far and it went better than I feared: both nights she woke up very early and moved about a lot in the night but didn't cry or get upset. The problem is that in the bed she has freedom to turn around and frequently spins almost 90 degrees so she's horizontal, she obviously can't do that in the cot without hitting her head/getting her feet or hands stuck between the bars. I'm curious to know whether babies who have slept in cots from the word go are more at home with having some restrictions on their movement and whether I've "spoiled" her by letting her co-sleep. And whether, other than just being consistent and determined about it, there's anything I can do to make it easier. Anyone have any advice?

cherub59 Sun 14-Aug-11 16:11:42

I have co-slept with ds2 and ds3 but didn't co-sleep with ds1. Absolutely no difference between them in terms of moving around the cot! They just do that- flip around all over the place!
Also I don't think you've made a "rod" for your back! My eldest 2 sleep thru and FI to sleep on their own and are 3 and 2. Ds3 is 5 months and has only just started sleeping in his bed.

A cot bed would give your dc more room but they still end up head to toe against the short width!

Gro bags or similar stop them getting cold.

freybean Mon 15-Aug-11 16:26:40

bump just because i was going to post the same question

LITTLEGEEK Mon 15-Aug-11 20:06:17

Will watch with interest as DS is the same. Glad it's not just me who has a baby that spins grin

sleepymummyzzzzzzzz Mon 22-Aug-11 07:55:22

I co slept with my dd who is now 20 months. We co-slept for about a year! I then decided enough was enough. I don't regret it, it is the most natural thing in the world and i miss her these days. My dd has always been a wriggly one and would end up banging her head and limbs would get stuck in the cot bars. She was also not into grobags. I got a travel cot which had soft sides and had a proper mattress made for it. I did controlled crying- it took 3 nights of about 20 minutes of crying and then she was back to sleeping 7.30-7.30. I know CC isn't for everyone though! I then decided to try again with a sleeping bag- the slumbersac one was great as i was able to get 18-36 mths which gave her lots of room to kick. She went into her ikea toddler bed a couple of months ago and is doing great. She has had the odd night with me if she has been poorly but the transition went loads better than i had predicted!

Hope this helps!

DuelingFanjo Mon 22-Aug-11 08:20:04

I was going to ask this too smile

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