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#1 Mummzy

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

Hi Everyone,

I am just after a bit of advice. I recently moved my son into a cot from my bed. He just turned 2 last month. He is extremely tiny for a two year old. He is the size of my first son when he was 8 months old. To give you an idea he fits into a size 0 and some 1's as well as he can still fit in a baby bath.

Last night was cold here in the Blue Mountains and it's to dangerous for me to put him in a sleeping bag as he climbs out of the cot in the middle of the night when he wakes up. So he had a sheet, blanket doubled over and a cot quilt as well as his comfort pillow and blanket.

I am worried that this may be a hazard for him? He moves around a fair bit and becomes uncovered.

With my first son he wasn't allowed anything in his cot till he was after 2 but he was a lot bigger.

I know SIDS guidelines say anything from 1 and under but he is smaller then some 1 year olds.

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#2 Lyn86

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

I don't think it's about size but more about ability? If he can climb out the cot I'm sure he'll be fine to move covers off his face.

That does sound like a lot of covers/ extras-have you thought about just doing extra layers?

#3 melaine

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:05 PM

If he is climbing out I'd take the sides off the cot firstly.

Secondly, I'd try a blanket sleeper - like a sleeping bag but with legs. Though a sleeping bag would be ok if he's got the sides of the bed off.

#4 treetree

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

I always put them in sleepsuits at that age. You can get really warm ones up to size 3 or 4. Then you don't have to worry too much about the covers. If they are cold they will wake up, but if they are too warm, they may not, so I always thought less covers were better.
My 1 and 3 yr olds still sleep in my bed and most of the night they have no covers on yet don't seem to feel cold, even on the really cold nights.

Just don't stress about the covers too much! Dress him for the weather and that should do.

#5 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

My 2 year old is still in the cot. In winter she will have a blanket sleeper. All my kids have worn them because they never stayed under blankets. I love the sleepers because they are really warm, feet are enclosed and you can put layers on underneath.
'You can get them from Target.

Off the topic- I am amazed your boy is in 0's. DD is in 3/4 and even some 5's! She looks like she is a 3 year old.   original.gif

#6 VeritasVinum

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

With a third percentile child I know where you are coming from in terms of size. I was lucky in that ,y tiny child was my first and my second was the 70% big child. The third is 25%.

As PP said it is more to do with ability and awareness of self when asleep then size.

It they are climbing out of cot I would move to bed. We use the Gro First Duvet sets (even still for 7yo). They zip the Doona to the bottom sheet, but allow for movement.

Eta my nephew is tiny too. 17m old and in 3-6m clothes.

Edited by lsolaBella, 03 February 2013 - 01:45 PM.

#7 Majeix

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

dd 2 is tiny as well. She just turned 3 and she is in size 1 and size 0 for pants/skirts as otherwise they jsut fall down. I wouldn't worry about SIDS its so very unlikely at that age and really is not about size anyway. I do agree with the others that climbing out of the cot is a worry. I don't do sleeping bags once there really moving around but I do love "sleepy suits". While I wouldn't be concerned about the blankets so much a few layers and a nice warm thick fitted suit would allow you to cut down on some of the bedding and also means that they wont become uncovered in the night.

#8 Mummzy

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:21 PM


Thank you for all the replies.  original.gif

Can anyone provide links or tell me where to look for these sleep blanket suits? They sound like what we need.

Thanks again.

#9 ShamelesslyPooks

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

There is nothing wrong with using blankets and sheets, I have been using them for DS since birth. They are not a SIDS risk. Any child that can climb out of a cot needs the side rail down.

#10 chocbuttons

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:35 PM

My wriggly DS wore the Snugtime blanket sleepers. I bought them at Myer. He is almost 4, still wriggly and still sleeps in them!

#11 ~ky~

Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:31 AM

I used snugtime also with my DS. As far as I know, the same suit has been handed down through several children in the past 8 years and still looks like it is relatively new!

The snugtime ones are a little more expensive, but they are amazingly warm and comfortable for the children. There is usually enough room to add more layers underneath should you feel you need them.

My two big kids were in a bed at 15 months due to climbing out of their cots and the way my youngest is gong, I would say she will be following suit. I changed my youngest's nappy at 4am yesterday and was pleased to see that afterward, even though she was asleep, she pulled her blanket back up over her.

I wouldn't be worrying about SIDs at this age. Yes, it does sometimes stike older babies/toddlers but it is very, very rare as most will not sleep so deeply that they will suffocate.

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