Well, I'm finally biting the bullet and I'm packing up the cot today and my big little boy will be sleeping full-time in his bed. I figured I'm not sleeping very well anyway so a few nights of disturbed sleep during the transition won't make any difference!
So any advice??
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26-06-2012 07:40 #1
Today's the day!
26-06-2012 07:49 #2
Be patient! DS went into a bed in Feb & we are trying technique #368 to keep him in bed once he goes down at night.
It's gone swimmingly otherwise and day naps are a breeze. But when DS sussed that he could get out whenever he wants, he made the most of it.
Hopefully your LO will be less defiant!
Good luck :-)
26-06-2012 09:08 #3
Hmmm, I think I have a very defiant little DS, but I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope for the best! His day sleeps have been in it for a few weeks now and he has successfully resettled himself in bed. But nights have always been a totally different ball game! I'm planning on a lot of repetition, positive reinforcement and sheer luck!!
26-06-2012 10:05 #4Senior Member
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Sounds like a good plan, swizzle!
With my DS1, I had to be very strict with a zero tolerance approach due to his outgoing personality- he is smart and can push the limits if you let him. Repetition, repetition, repetition, and lots of positive reinforcement and making out how special it was to have a big bed. Start out as you mean to finish! He is now 5 years and we have reaped the rewards as he goes to bed, goes to sleep and never gets out, because this is what he expects.
With DS2, nothing at all was required. Put him in bed, said good night, closed the door and never went back. Even to this day, he doesn't get out of bed in the morning until we come and get him.
They are different personalities! All the best, it is an exciting time.
26-06-2012 10:56 #5
I found keeping the same bedtime ritual that we've always had worked a treat. She has discovered recently that she can get out of bed but only usually does it in the morning. I am usually woken by her banging on the wall or door lol
The few times that she has defied bedtime and got out of bed, we simply but her back and explain that its bedtime etc... It works for us.
26-06-2012 19:19 #6
Well so far so good (hope I don't jinx myself) he is in bed and all is quiet.... For now!
26-06-2012 19:27 #7
Double post woops
26-06-2012 20:52 #8
We moved DS2 (who is 2.5) into his 'big boy bed' aka the toddler bed, over the weekend because he was just climbing out of the cot constantly and we figured.. less damage to himself if he climbs out of the bed then out of a cot and he can get out of the cot anyway. So far so good, a few times he has fallen out of bed but he gets straight back in.
Goodluck with it all, its a scary time packing away the cot!!
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