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    Default Going to sleep in a portacot

    My little bub is 8 months and I really struggle to get her to sleep in a portacot.
    She goes to sleep well in her cot at home, but out and about it's totally different. I think she kicks the bars of the cot and misses them in the portacot. The mattress also seems quite hard compared to her cot mattress. But then I was told not to put any extra mattresses in because it becomes a SIDS hazard.

    We have to go away for the weekend in a months time and I want to start getting her used to it. My plan was to set the portacot up in her room and settle as usual and see how it goes.

    Any tips on making it more comfy or homey for her? I also get the feeling there may be teeth on the way too...........

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    To soften DS's portacot we put a cot quilt on top of the mattress. We then put the fitted sheet over the top of this so he has no way of wrapping himself up in it or getting to it. It just makes it a little more cushy I guess compared to just the mattress just like a pillow top on our bed.

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    Do you use a comforter with your smell on it? This can help bub sleep in different places. Worked for my bub (I was hesitant to put any extra bedding in as bub is still young nearly 5 months).

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Do you use a comforter with your smell on it? This can help bub sleep in different places. Worked for my bub (I was hesitant to put any extra bedding in as bub is still young nearly 5 months).
    Great idea VicPark. When we transitioned DS from co-sleeping into his own cot I slept on his fitted sheet for a couple of nights so they had the same smell as our bed. This worked well and it also alleviated my fear of extra things in the cot being a SIDS
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    what works with me, is if i take her cot sheet and put it in her portacot with the quilt under it and it fitted over.. so it smells like the cot..

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    She has a comforter (her 'snuggie'!) and we took all her bedding last time we tried her in it. It may have been the combination of the hard mattress and strange room, but she became really distressed and I had to rock her to sleep which had never happened before.

    Will do some experimenting with quilts under her sheet

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    I have used the same cot sheets from her bed and a comforter like the other girls have said. And get her used to it by putting her in it for a couple of days. Good luck


 

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