My DS has just turned 2 and we have just put a big boy bed on layby (will get it in a couple of months).
Im curious to see what age you put your bub into a bed and if you have any tips on a successful transition?
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13-07-2015 08:45 #1
What age did you put bub into a bed?
13-07-2015 09:15 #2
Hi! DS1 went into a toddler bed at 19 months as we needed tbe cot. We planned for a few sleepless nights and started on a Friday. Cot was behind a closed door so he couldn't see it, and we just did the normal routine and put him to bed. I sat outside his room for two hours and whenever he got up and came to the door I quietly took him back to bed. He finally fell asleep after doing that a lot!!
By the Sunday night he was going to bed and staying there, so it wasn't too bad after all.
DS2 just climbed into his big bed one night at 18 months, when we were putting DS1 to bed. I asked him if he was sleeping there tonight, he nodded and that was it.
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13-07-2015 09:20 #3
We didn't transition DS until he was about 3.5!
He transitioned well, but after about a week he started getting out of bed and running back into the living room to try and stay up later (he still does this some nights). All in all it wasn't really a hassle though.
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13-07-2015 09:31 #4
DS was nearly 3.5. Before that we'd just converted his Boori cot into a toddler bed but I can't remember at what age that was (2?). We never had any issues with him getting out of bed etc and by the time he got his big bed he was totally stoked and loved it. And we didn't need to worry about a side rail etc. I think he's only fallen out twice in a year but we have soft carpet so it's no biggy.
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13-07-2015 09:39 #5
DD is 3.5 and has moved into her bed 3 weeks ago. So far she's only gotten up once and that was because we set her gro clock wrong and she was up at 12 thinking it was morning - oops!
Can I ask why you're transitioning at 2? My tips are don't transition too early. If bub is happy in their cot and aren't trying to climb out, don't transition them.
Second is use a gro clock. We used it for a week before moving DD into her big girl bed so she got used to knowing blue stars is stay in bed and yellow sun means she can get up.
Also have a plan of what you will do if they get up. You have to be consistent right from the start. With us it was the threat that she would have to sleep in her cot if she got up (we kept the cot together in her room).
We were either going to do that or the super nanny technique but we haven't had to because she was ready for a bed, excited to sleep in it and the gro clock worked a treat.
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13-07-2015 09:46 #6
DS2 has just got the bottom bunk.
He's 3yrs 3mths.
He was well overdue it though.
He kept sneaking into his older brother's bed, thoroughly disgusted he was still having to sleep in a cot like a baby.
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13-07-2015 09:47 #7
My boys were easily 2 and a half- I can't exactly remember. The transition was easy and the only issues we had was they both fell out often for the first week or so. We placed bean bags and big doonas on the floor beside them to cushion the fall.
Dd was 22 months. There has always been a double bed in her room so I could crawl into bed with her to cosleep if she was keeping me up too much.
One night she just told me (as much as toddlers can- through grunts and gestures!) that she wanted to sleep in her "big girl bed". She has been in there about a month now and is really good.
I told all my kids they were NOT allowed to get out of bed because it was the rules and they all believed me. Dd won't even get herself out of bed in the morning until I come in and get her.
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13-07-2015 09:56 #8
We did at about 22 months I think?? We were not far off DS2 growing out of the bassinet and didn't want DS2 to go in straight after DS1 left.
I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea but we actually got a baby gate for his door as he is downstairs and if he for up and opened the door it would open straight up and he'd go off and play with the dog.
As for the initial settling in I sat on a chair outside his room for a little while and did the super nanny technique. That only really lasted a week till one night the baby was crying and I said I had to go see the baby and would be back. Came back and he was asleep. He's been fine since.
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13-07-2015 10:12 #9
Both of ours were about 2 and a half. We put a rail on the side of the bed. We didn't have any dramas transition-wise. They were both excited about it and amazingly, slept well from day 1.
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13-07-2015 10:24 #10
What age did you put bub into a bed?
DS1 had just turned 2 when we transitioned him to a big bed, we had only moved into our new house. We got a double bed so it was very roomy for him. We never used side rails and he has never fallen out of bed. He was very excited and we let him pick his quilt cover and all the little decorations for his room. He has always slept through in his big bed too. He has a digital clock beside his bed and we have taught him he is only allowed to get up and stay up from when it says 7:00, not before. He also has a little torch on the powerpoint beside his bed, incase he needs to walk to the toilet.
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