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2 YO bed transition

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kattyrose86 Sun 14-May-17 12:45:39

Hi

We put my two year old in a bed last week as I'm 30 weeks pregnant with our second so wanted to get the whole bed thing cracked before the baby arrives. She tends to go to sleep fine but then wakes in the night 4-5 times for a cuddle, she literally screams at the top of her voice until I go in and give her a hug. She then settles but wakes 30 mins to and hour later again. I've tried just putting her back in bed and not interacting but in the middle of the night I cave and give in. She's always been a good sleeper and has slept through until recently. I don't know if I am just reinforcing it by going and giving her what she wants. Last night I went in gave her a cuddle and she started laughing!!!!!!

Is it best to just leave her to cry for a bit or still go in??

I'm still working and so tired, any advice would be helpful!

FATEdestiny Sun 14-May-17 13:51:44

Was she sleeping well in the cot?

The cot sides give a surprising amount of security to a sleeping toddler. It's the enclosed, safe, secure feeling that they bring.

So my first suggestion would be to no w her back into a cot. My children have been at least 3 years old before being emotionally ready for a bed and then when the transition happened, because toddler was properly ready, it wasn't any sort of a hassle.

So could you leave toddler in a cot? A small IKEA cheap cot could do new baby. Or something second hand. Just until big sister is a little older and ready to give up her cot.

If this is impossible, maybe try recreating the enclosed feeling. You can get bed-dens to enclose a bed in material. Or like a mosquito-net (but prettier!) kind of thing.

ElspethFlashman Sun 14-May-17 13:56:32

Honestly put her back in the cot. If she wasn't climbing out what's the harm? Mine have been 3+ also.

If she's older it might be a piece of piss to transition her, even with a smaller baby.

It's.like toilet training. Often the later you leave it, the quicker it is.

kattyrose86 Sun 14-May-17 18:40:36

Thanks both - I will see how this week goes and have a thinking about it! Her bed is pretty awesome, is a house floor bed with a bed canopy over it, she loves it and often climbs in when she gets home from nursery! She's no problem going to sleep in there it's just when she wakes in the night!

You've probably just told me what I was already thinking to be honest, will try and persevere then maybe put back in a cot if it doesn't get better.

NewMumSept2014 Mon 15-May-17 21:48:01

We were in the same position about 6 months ago when I was pregnant and just gave up trying the bed and bought another cot. Annoyingly enough when DC2 was only 3 or 4 weeks old DC1 decided that she didn't want to be a baby anymore and would scream the house down at any suggestion of her going in the cot. She happily transitioned herself to big bed and has been ok since. We could have gotten away with one cot after all!

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