Hi maree im wanting to transfer my 15month old daughter into a toddler bed as im expecting again and need the cot for that one. I have purchased the bed and have had her in it a few times during the day and night but she has had to be asleep to go in it. When she wakes up she is coming out to the lounge room and she has done this at 2 in the morning once. I basically want to know if there is anything i can do to help her stay in the bed and also to not get out and wander the house at night. She has always put herself to sleep in the cot and yes she may have played a little and moved around the cot but always put herself to sleep no problem. Im thinking of adding a bed rail to give her a sence of not being able to get out and i have purchased a gate for her bedroom door if this extreme is needed? Thanks for listening and hope to hear from you soon.
If the cot is still up I would take that down, you will need to be consistent otherwise she will have too many choices.
I definitely wouldn`t put her in once asleep as this will be why she is getting up, she falls asleep in one place and wakes in a different one (also don`t stay with her until she is asleep in the bed or again she will look for your presence when she wakes on her light sleep and you will be gone. I would put up the guard rail and try putting the mattress on the floor next to the bed for a week first till she is comfortable with it and then up onto the bed. I hope this helps.