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    Default Our experience with a cot that converts to toddler bed

    Here is my story...I hope it helps someone who is considering the cot that converts to toddler bed scenario.

    So a few weeks ago, we decided it was time to convert our daughter's cot to a toddler bed. She was just over 18 months at the time. We really had no reason to convert, she wasn't climbing out or anything. I think part of it was me mentally preparing as we are TTC #2 through IVF.

    I purchased a side safety rail to use alongside it. I just felt the cot/bed was so small width ways and that she needed something so she didn't fall out. I figured this was a good stepping-stone between cot to full blown kid size bed.

    So my husband spent a good few hours taking the sides off, then assembling this darn safety rail. Now, I don't know if they all work the same way, but we purchased this one from Aldi and it has long extendable arms that you can place under the mattress and that is what actually holds the rail in place. Once it was assembled we read the box - convertible for single, double and queen size beds. So it extended to a larger size but wouldn't extend to a smaller size. FAIL. Grrr this really upset me because we had no way of keeping her from falling. The cot came with side wooden rails that were only a couple of inches high and we figured they were pointless and would cause more injury as she would have to climb over wooden bars to get in and out of the cot!

    So after all of this our only solution was to place rolled up towels under her mattress hoping that the angle would stop her falling out. For extra safety, we placed an extremely large (almost life size!) teddy bear on the ground that she could land on if she fell.

    Fast-foward two weeks and guess what happens. Yep - middle of the night, she falls out. Guess where the teddy bear was? put away. Yep. It was one of those nights where we forgot to lay the teddy on the floor.

    So middle of the night, we hear a massive scream, DD's fallen out of the bed, hit her head on the side of the wall. Arghh I was SO upset. I am one of the safest mums around. Heck, I even purchased TWO of those darn safety rails at the time thinking she could have one on each side of the bed if we end up putting her bed in the middle of the room at some point in the future.

    So yesterday, DH put the rails back up and she is back to a cot. We are about to do another round of IVF and can't afford to buy her a bedroom suite yet, but mid-year that is the plan. We are going straight to a low-line bedroom suit. Then those bl00dy rails can actually fit on the bed!

    Thanks if you have read this far. It's been a great vent for me, that whole incident still upsets me...I really think it's something that can be avoided and I think the whole cot that converts to toddler bed idea is utter crap unless you purchase one that has a rail that is specifically designed for when it converts to a toddler bed.

    So my advice to anyone that has a similar cot/toddler bed combo, DON'T DO IT! Just go straight to a decent single/twin whatever size bed and get the safety rail...

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    Ugh we have just converted ours and the side rails don't even make a difference because the mattress that came with the cot is wider and taller than the one pictured in the manual.

    I just have a thick blanket folded up on the floor next to the cot in case he falls. Converting ours back to a cot is not an option as he figured out how to climb out last week prompting the conversion.

    Hoping he's adjusted by the time baby number two comes in August as he'll be moving into a regular single bed so second babe can have the cot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felicia81 View Post
    Ugh we have just converted ours and the side rails don't even make a difference because the mattress that came with the cot is wider and taller than the one pictured in the manual.

    I just have a thick blanket folded up on the floor next to the cot in case he falls. Converting ours back to a cot is not an option as he figured out how to climb out last week prompting the conversion.

    Hoping he's adjusted by the time baby number two comes in August as he'll be moving into a regular single bed so second babe can have the cot.
    Good luck with it. It was absolutely heart breaking when DD fell so if you have any doubts and can afford it, get the single bed ASAP.

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    We put the matress on the floor - I have never understood toddler beds anyhow

    We were then given a couch that folded down into a double sized bed and both kids slept in that for the next couple of years

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    Had no problems with ours, but we didn't feel the need for a side rail. We just took one side of the cot off and out a mattress on the floor in case she did fall. She never has.

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    You can get safety rails for toddler beds.

    We just laid a foam mattress beside DD's for a couple of months in the start, I think she only fell out once in the start and once much later. She is 3.5 and still sleeping in it, so it's worked well for us.

    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience, it can be hard to shake those kind of experiences especially when you feel responsible, but it was just an accident and unfortunately there will be many more good luck with your next round.

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    I have to second a mattress on the floor, but for different safety reasons.

    I bought a fire truck toddler bed for DS and his head became lodged in the side of it somehow. It was quite scary and we almost had to phone the fire department (ahh the irony), however we managed to get him out in the end. I had the incident reported and a product safety officer from the office of fair trading is currently working on eliminating future incidents by getting the manufacturers to modify that type of bed. Unfortunately there are limited safety standards pertaining to childrens beds, except for bunk beds, so the manufacturer doesn't actually have to agree to alter the beds (but probably will, to avoid getting sued more than likely).

    Anyway, he now sleeps on a mattress on the floor! He has a single race car bed at his father's house with in-built safety rails, but we're thinking of selling it so that he can sleep on the floor there too...although he doesn't really use it a lot (he is now over his 'big boy room' phase, and has gone back to co-sleeping most of the time ).

    Sorry to hear about your DD It's never nice when that sort of thing happens
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    Sorry you have a bad experience hugs.
    We recently took dd side off as well. We got her a side rail from big w that extends almost the entire length of her toddler bed apart from a less than a foot gap at one end for dd to climb in and out. It's also quite high but not as high as her cot side obviously. It also folds down so we fold it down she and I climb in to do bedtime reading than I'll get out and put the side back up for the night.

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    Aww poor little thing hugs but I also couldn't help and giggle kids always want to stick their heads I'm the crazy places. Dd got her head stuck in a rail along a bridge at darling habour. We had to pull her out while she was I was freaking out thinking omg how long will it take for the fire dept to get here???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Pink-Hen View Post
    Aww poor little thing hugs but I also couldn't help and giggle kids always want to stick their heads I'm the crazy places. Dd got her head stuck in a rail along a bridge at darling habour. We had to pull her out while she was I was freaking out thinking omg how long will it take for the fire dept to get here???
    Oh no, poor thing! Lol they just have to stick their heads into little spaces, don't they!


 

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