Tracy, NSW,12mth & expecting
Heather, Colac, Vic, 22 mth old daughter
Our daughter was just 2 and for reasons not important i had to give back the bassinette thing i was using for No2 (its huge i planned on using it for 4 more months). So hubby and i jumped the gun and decided she would have a new big bed. Why not we thought, she is an excellant sleeper and loves going to bed, we won't have any problems.
We did all the right things, took her shopping let her have some input, let her help set up the bed and all. Everything was going prefect till she had to go to sleep in it!
She put on such a tantrum i thought she was going to have a fit, and don't worry we gave it plenty of time and chances! Dad even got into bed with her, but nothing would work! We were in shock, of all the things that we thought might happen, we never thought it would be this bad! We gave in and for the first time in her life she slept with us, as i said we were not prepared for this outcome and she had to sleep eventually.
Night 2 was the same but my hubby was determined, he had a chat with her and laid down for 10min with her. To end this long story about 5 nights later she went to bed on her own and thing started settling down again.
And the moral of the story is, never underestimate the reactions of your children when there is change!
DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m
We were expecting the worst when moving our then 18mth old into a big bed. I wanted to get her used to it before I got too big with my second pregnancy (I was 5 mths). We gave her plenty of time to get used to the idea before the new baby came along but luckily she loved it from the start.
We began with just the mattress on the floor in the corner in case she fell out. We placed a doona on the floor beside her but she never needed the cushioning as she never fell out of bed. We did this for a monh and then we put the bed together. We bought a side rail that slips under the bed and put a mattress on the floor (again for 1 mth) to cushion any falls. Luckily we only had her fall out the once but it just hapened to be the week after we took the cushioning away.
It was no use putting the cot away with another one due in 4 mths so we filled it up with things for the baby. She never tried to climb into it but did like to know it was "for the baby because you're a big girl now". One mth before the baby was due we moved the cot into our room and every time thereafter she would pat the cot and say "Baby sleep."
We would close the door after putting her in bed and open it once we went to bed. To stop her wandering through the house when she woke up we would close off all the rooms between hers and ours so she could only come into us. Most days though we would actually wake up to the sound of her singing to herself in bed.
I hope you don't have too many problems with this transitional period.
Best of luck,
Peta, NSW, mum of 2 gorgeous girls
The only problem i have nowing is that my son gets up though the night and whats to sleep with us. Try buying a side bar for his bed u can get them at big w or kmart
hope that helps
Tracy, NSW,12mth & expecting
Good idea, thanks. I will look around for one soon. I think I might wait until summer to make the transition though.