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    Default Moving to a Big bed tips.

    My dd is almost two and I have put her in a big bed as we need the cot for number two in a month. I don't want to buy another cot. She was a great sleeper in her cot, 2-3 hr day naps and 12-13 he's at night without a peep. I thought she'll be fine going into a bed but she just keeps getting up and playing, won't come out of her room, how do I keep her in her bed? As soon as she hears me coming or as soon as I walk in she runs and jumps into bed so she knows what is being asked of her. I have to lay with her and she'll go to sleep within minutes. Tips anyone??

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    We just lay with our DD until she was asleep, which stopped her getting up and playing. Once she was a little older then we used a reward system so we didn't have to sit/lie with her anymore. Could you or your DH just keep doing what you are doing?

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    We bought one of the long bed rails from target. Had the rule of only mum/dad gets you out of bed. Only needed a couple of reminders but all three so far caught on quick.

    Bought bedding with them too.

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    We have a video monitor so as soon as I see him trying to hope out of bed when it's sleep time, I talk to him and tell him to stay in bed/get back into bed. We just moved him into a big bed and he's slowly understanding he has to stay in it for sleeping.

    We also removed a lot of the interesting toys out of his room so there's less distractions. Just books and soft toys now

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    Hey,
    Ok I'm really not sure if this will work for you. It's just something I once read somewhere. You create a "traffic light game" for her and make a set of traffic lights. You put her to bed for the night. If she gets up, you take away the green light and put her back to bed. If she gets up again, you take away the Amber light and put her back to bed. And now she's only got the red light left so she must stay in bed. So the idea is that you do give them a chance to get up but only maximum of two times, after that, she must stay in bed.
    Again, just saying, not sure if it will work for you, but who knows give it a try and it might work.good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ted View Post
    We bought one of the long bed rails from target. Had the rule of only mum/dad gets you out of bed. Only needed a couple of reminders but all three so far caught on quick.

    Bought bedding with them too.
    I'd do this if you're dead set on not getting another cot but tbh I'd rather get a cheap 2nd cot off Gumtree and save myself the drama. You'll have your hands full soon with baby and Will need the rest.

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    Rapid return technique. Every time she gets up, say nothing and pick her up and put her back in bed. First few nights will take ages but it really works.

    I got lucky I think, we moved our boys to beds between 14 and 16 months old and we've had no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funnels View Post
    I'd do this if you're dead set on not getting another cot but tbh I'd rather get a cheap 2nd cot off Gumtree and save myself the drama. You'll have your hands full soon with baby and Will need the rest.

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    You assume too much when replying using my quote - We had no dramas - not sure why you thought that we would have. Our kids have slept 7-7 for years and will either sleep in or read books in bed on a weekend morning for a few extra minutes to sometimes an hour giving us a little extra rest with a newborn. They are then able to get up and toilet themselves or ask to quietly play in their room.

    Why would you get extra rest by using a cot for longer??? It think it would come down to individual parenting style and expectations set by the parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ted View Post
    You assume too much when replying using my quote - We had no dramas - not sure why you thought that we would have. Our kids have slept 7-7 for years and will either sleep in or read books in bed on a weekend morning for a few extra minutes to sometimes an hour giving us a little extra rest with a newborn. They are then able to get up and toilet themselves or ask to quietly play in their room.

    Why would you get extra rest by using a cot for longer??? It think it would come down to individual parenting style and expectations set by the parents.
    Sorry little Ted, all I meant was that if the op didn't find it as straightforward as you then maybe take the easy option and get another cot. I'm a bit jealous of your amazing sleepers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funnels View Post
    Sorry little Ted, all I meant was that if the op didn't find it as straightforward as you then maybe take the easy option and get another cot. I'm a bit jealous of your amazing sleepers!!

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    Ah - I see. It wasn't quite clear - thank you for clearing that up. It could also come down to the child. If the child had special needs or a condition then a bed may not be a straight-forward solution either. One of our kids is nearly five and still has the rail as he falls out otherwise, whereas our eldest only needed it for a short while - each to their own!


 

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