I agree about the bassinet they are great my dd slept in it for months (my kids a small like me).
If you don't feel that your son will be ready for a big bed, I'd buy a new cot that converts to a toddler bed for your son and give your current cot to the baby. That way you'll still get quite a bit if use out of the new cot. Otherwise I'd buy a cot on eBay as sometimes you can pick them up for a good price and in great condition.
We have the same age gap OP. We bought a new cot for DD2 that was cheaper and a bit more slimline. DD1 has a Boori that converts to a bed so we converted that and didn't bother with any rails (we have a spare cot mattress that goes on the floor beside for night time tumbles which she sleeps through). We converted after DD1 turned 2 and DD2 was 4 months and too big for the bassinet in our room. As it is a sturdy Boori we can lay on it with her or sit and read stories etc. She has never gotten out of bed and wandered around even though she can unzip her sleep bag. Our DD's share a room so there wasn't space for a full size bed. Not sure when we will move house, so DD2's cot does convert to a bed too if absolutely necessary but isn't sturdy, so that would be a last ditch option if we haven't upgraded to a bigger house in time for her to move to DD1's bed and DD1 move to a single bed (and hopefully baby 3 to move into DD2's cot). Musical beds much the same way as we do musical car seats!
Baby Girl getting close to 3yrs old
Baby Girl 1 year old
Baby #3 due in June 2013
I used a portacot that had a bassinent insert that you put in to it was alot bigger it also hung in there so you were able to rock it.
Me 25 - DP 28
DD1 - 4
DD2 - 2
I had the same problem, I'm also due in December and my DS will only be 12 months old. We got a second cot off a friend!
Ask around before you buy one.
I had my first son in a bed by 15 months.
DS 1- March 2005
DS2- November 2011
Due for DD- December 2012
Married DH November 2010
Yes as mine are close together and my eldest child's cot converted into a bed.
my 2yo still has never slept in her cot, so wont be buying another.
I have 20 months between my two. I moved DS in to a big bed at 18 months and he was fine with it.
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I have bought a toddler bed rather than a single bed because it is very close to the ground an makes us feel a little more comfortable with the transition. We are also willing to buy a second hand cot for a short period if need be and sell it later. Hopefully we won't need to though.
Just wondering how you are able to teach them to lie down when it is bed time? DS still stands up at the cot rails looking at us when we walk out his room. He settles really quickly and goes to sleep but just doesnt like being laid down.
We still have about 6 months before the transition and he is only 15 months old. Can a lot change between now and then, or is just every baby different?