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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:27 AM
Two weeks ago we converted my daugters cot (2.5yrs) to a toddler bed, mainly because we have a new baby on the way and she is toilet training, she wasn't climbing out and was perfectly happy.
The last 2 weeks have been a nightmare, she takes hours to get to sleep (with one of us in the room) and wakes every 2 hours or so, coming out wanting to get into our bed or have us sit with her until she falls back to sleep. So, we are thinking of moving back to the cot (although she says she doesn't want to). Has anyone else gone back to a cot? What was your experience? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:32 AM
I wouldn't. You've made the transition stick to it. Introduce a toy to sleep with a night light or bedside lamp for her to turn
On when scared.
Good luck OP!
Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:42 AM
I wouldn't move her back to the cot. Persevere with it.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:48 AM
We had the same experience a while ago. I gave up and put the cot side back on. Ahh bliss again
Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:59 AM
I would persist. With my boys (who were both under 2), I had a portacot and if they got out of bed 3 times, they went into that. Totally backfired with DS2, who was quite happy to come out and ask to go in the cot. With DD (not quite 2.5), who was also happy to go into the portacot, I put a baby gate across her bedroom door.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:06 AM
Baby gate on bedroom worked for us.
Bed transition was a nightmare, but we couldn't go back to the cot, as both girls tantrumed and jumped out of the cots!
Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:49 AM
Thanks everyone for your replies.
CAWO I think that's what I wanted to hear, but I'm worried converting back will backfire.
She has her favourite teddies/comfort objects, night light ect.
We tried the baby gate for a few nights but she was hysterical, and was climbing it. We also tried the portocot, she didn't get out but again screamed the house down.
I think we could deal with taking a long time to get to bed if that was the only issue, it's the middle of the night wakings/tantrums that are really getting to us - sleep deprivation is bad enough in pregnancy already.
Will probably see how she goes for one more night before converting back.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:24 PM
munchmum - When we took the cot sides off bedtime went from being no trouble to a total nightmare! My older DDs went into a bed at a much earlier age without any trouble, but DD3 just loves to sleep in her cot. She is much happier at bedtime now
My DH works away and I didn't have the time or energy to deal with perserving with keeping the cot sides off.
I just don't think she was ready. We will try again at a later date.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:24 AM
Made the move back to the cot last night, dd went straight to bed and slept all night. She was pretty happy when her bed came back! So I guess she wasn't ready, and we will probably put the move off for quite some time now.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:27 AM
No, you really need to see it through. I know it can be tough but its only going to be worse if you don't see it through.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:04 AM
When you're ready to try again, I suggest replacing one side with a rail, but leave the other cot side on, so it seems like there's not a big change. That may help her with the transition.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:36 AM
Glad to hear she slept well for you last night. Hope you got a better nights sleep too.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:00 AM
Yes well rested here. With the next baby due in 6 weeks I just don't have the energy to see it through, and she is obviously much happier in the cot. Luckily It's an oversized cot, we should have plenty of time, will just have to buy a new cot for the baby if she is still in it when the baby is too big for the bassinet.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:26 PM
Good on you... life is too short to be sleep deprived... especially with another bub on the way. I would have done the same thing! My DD is 2 and a half and we have another 5 weeks till next baby is due. But we have a basinette so the baby will go in there for 3 months (at least) and then we will see how our DD goes in a big bed... not looking forward to it though!
They say that toddlers need security more then almost anything else... sometimes that is the security of a cot and suddenly being in a bed is too overwhelming.
I reckon you'll be right in a few more months when your child is more ready for the transition. The one side down on the cot sounds like a good idea. Every child is different ... some ready earlier then others... I know plenty of 3 years olds that are still in a cot!
All the best with the new bub.
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