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DuggiWontSleep Fri 05-Apr-13 09:14:42

Hi, I was wondering whether any of you lovely ladies could shed some light on the current sleeping issue we have (it follows a number of other problems we’ve faced along the way !!).

My 22 month old DS climbed/toppled (we think he may have tip toed and pulled himself over) out of his cot for the first time the other night. Luckily he was unhurt however, it put the fear of god into us and we decided to take one side of the cot off and put a gate on his bedroom door.

He’s never been a good sleeper and by taking off the side he seems to have gone back several steps. He either falls out or gets out of the cot on every waking – last night he got up 6 times- and stands in the corner of his room and cries. He stays there until somebody goes into him. His cry indicates that he may be scared.

So, my question is….should we put the side of the cot back on?? I don’t feel he is ready for a bed and I don’t want him to associate his cot with negative thoughts.

Please advise xx

Teachercreature Fri 05-Apr-13 11:26:41

Wow that's a tough one. I would have said put cot back on, but if he is falling out that is dangerous.

Umm... how about one of those side things that prevent falling (got one from Mothercare?) and then try some sleep training like rapid return or gradual withdrawal or something?

Also, he may have night terrors - my friend's little boy did and the GP was very helpful, could try that?

And wish you the best of luck!

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Fri 05-Apr-13 11:28:55

I was going to say a side thingy, we used to put bean bags down the side off dds bed (and then put her back into bed when we went up

CreatureRetorts Fri 05-Apr-13 12:42:51

My ds did this when we moved him to a bed at 20 months.
Get a bed guard so he doesn't roll out and he's less likely to wake up and wander disorientated. My ds did the crying thing but after a couple of weeks it got better and he stopped doing it after a while. We would go in and resettle him.

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