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Do I need toddler crash mat?

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Bubspub Fri 30-Dec-16 11:15:10

My 20mo fell out of his cot bed last night, loud thud on floor at 1am poor lamb. We had to drop the cot sides many months ago as he's quite the climber. We've put a Lindam safety guard on and usually he's okay. But he does have a tendency to sleep horizontal across the bed and with his head quite close to the opening (beyond the safety guard) so I guess that's what happened. Do I need some kind of 'crash mat'? There's carpet and a rug but I'm not happy that there was still quite a thud. Any recommendations would be welcome. Thank you x

MistresssIggi Fri 30-Dec-16 11:17:03

I didn't have cot problems but when dcs moved into a bed for ages I had a mattress on the floor under them (the cot one - so you can't do that but could put some big cushions or a folded duvet surely). Just do it, why wait for the next crash?

isthistoonosy Fri 30-Dec-16 11:17:56

Our dc2 moved to a bed at that age so we just put a second mattress on the floor by her bed. Would that be possible?

Bubspub Fri 30-Dec-16 11:19:14

Yes exactly, I want to put something down tonight in anticipation. May not happen again ever but don't want to risk it. He must have woken with a horrid fright x

ParadiseCity Fri 30-Dec-16 11:19:20

DS climbed out of cot v young and we then turned it into cot bed which was very low to ground. So he slithered rather than fell after that. Is your cot bed on lowest setting?

ParadiseCity Fri 30-Dec-16 11:20:47

PS - I would use a spare mattress not duvet or pillows for landing on - better air circulation if he sleeps through it.

Bubspub Fri 30-Dec-16 11:21:10

Yes lowest setting possible. It's a short drop but he's quite a chunk and we're in a new build which is quite echoey, hence very loud thud. Thankfully no visible bruising. We don't have a spare mattress but I will look into getting a cheapy one I think x

Bubspub Fri 30-Dec-16 11:22:02

Thanks Paradise, good point about the sleeping through x

ParadiseCity Fri 30-Dec-16 11:26:12

Sounds like a good plan. FWIW DS is almost 12 years old now and fine but I can still hear the terrible thud. He doesn't remember it at all of course! So I'm sure it was far worse for you than your DS. flowers

GeorgeTheThird Fri 30-Dec-16 11:26:29

You could move him into a bed and use the cot mattress as a crash mat.

Bubspub Fri 30-Dec-16 11:36:22

Bless you thank you Paradise I hope so! X

Alorsmum Fri 30-Dec-16 11:37:38

Have you got a spare double duvet you can fold up for the floor? It probably sounded worse than it was on a carpet and rug

FATEdestiny Fri 30-Dec-16 13:18:50

A good quality single mattress will be about the same height as a cot bed. If he has to go in a bed and not a cot, I would do a full sized single floor bed.

He'll need a single mattress when older anyway, and you'll already have one.

Bubspub Fri 30-Dec-16 14:29:04

Good point FATE thank you x X

isthistoonosy Fri 30-Dec-16 19:31:40

Oh regards the thuds my dc1 who is three still falls out of bed on occasion it sounds awful he always sleeps through it grin

Bubspub Fri 30-Dec-16 19:42:42

It's incredible what they can sleep through! X

KP86 Fri 30-Dec-16 19:45:49

Put his mattress on the floor and pack away the cot.

Or just use folded blankets. He will (hopefully) stop doing it soon enough.

oldlaundbooth Fri 30-Dec-16 19:46:14

Can you roll a towel up and put it along the the bed, underneath the sheet? So it makes a kind of of wall?

Or a pool noodle :

Standingonmytippytoes Fri 30-Dec-16 19:47:16

Put a pool noodle in the gap at the bottom under his sheets. I have one for ds in his cot bed haven't had a fall yet don't even have a safety guard. He's been in his own bed since 18 months

Bubspub Sat 31-Dec-16 08:38:59

Good suggestion, hadn't considered one of those before! Thank you x

WellyMummy Sat 31-Dec-16 08:54:09

My DD2 is a mover in her sleep and used to fall out of bed in the first few weeks in a bed. I used to put a beanbag next to her bed, just a thought as you might already have one.

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