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What age to move into a big bed???? Lock Rss

Hi Kristiegai,

Interesting you should ask this question... I actually left the cot in my daughter's room when we first moved her to the big bed. I left the cot set up for about 4 days while she got used to the big bed and then I got my daughter to help me pull it apart and say "bye-bye to the babies cot".

If you find your daughter is climbing out of the bed and trying to get into the cot, it might be best to take the cot away so she doesn't hurt herself. My daughter never tried to climb back into the cot, although she did put toys into it.

Goodluck with moving your daughter to the big bed!

Michelle
I will be moving Paige to a big bed in the next month (when it arrives - on order) and was wondering how to go about it. She has never climbed out of her cot so I haven't worried about moving her into a big bed any sooner. Thanks Michelle for your ideas on moving to a big bed.
Rachel

Rachel, TAS (Paige 21/6/02)

Hi, my now 2yr old daughter changed to a toddler bed when she was about 18mths, as she was always trying to climb out of her cot. I made an adventure of it, and took her along to help pick out the bed and new bedding, and let her help put it together. We didnt leave her cot in there, however did place it in the same spot, used the her same blankies etc etc so she had some sense of comfort. Luckily, we havent had any trouble with Jaida getting out of bed, but if you do, don't give up right away — continue to encourage Paige to try out the bed. If she's still having trouble after a few days, perhaps bring the cot back. Just try not to present its reappearance as a step backward in development or a bad thing.

Lastly, remember that the switch from a crib to a bed is milestone in your life, too. It's another sign that your baby is growing up and reflect back on when you first set up the crib for your little one.

Hope this helps,
JaidasMum24

Jaida (6), Ameli (2) & Lacey (2mths) - SA

Hi, my now 2yr old daughter changed to a toddler bed when she was about 18mths, as she was always trying to climb out of her cot. I made an adventure of it, and took her along to help pick out the bed and new bedding, and let her help put it together. We didnt leave her cot in there, however did place it in the same spot, used the her same blankies etc etc so she had some sense of comfort, and by the end of all that, she was really excited to try out her new "big girl bed". Luckily, we havent had any trouble with Jaida getting out of bed, but if you do, don't give up right away — continue to encourage Paige to try out the bed. If she's still having trouble after a few days, perhaps bring the cot back. Just try not to present its reappearance as a step backward in development or a bad thing.

Lastly, remember that the switch from a crib to a bed is milestone in your life, too. It's another sign that your baby is growing up and reflect back on when you first set up the crib for your little one.

Hope this helps,
JaidasMum24

Jaida (6), Ameli (2) & Lacey (2mths) - SA

Hi, my now 2yr old daughter changed to a toddler bed when she was about 18mths, as she was always trying to climb out of her cot. If Paige isnt trying to climb out of her cot at all, mebe she's quite happy to stay in the cot a while longer? I find it's better not to rush things, and let them advance when they're ready.

I made an adventure of buying Jaidas new bed, and took her along to help pick out the bed and new bedding, and let her help put it together. We didnt leave her cot in there, however did place it in the same spot, used the her same blankies etc etc so she had some sense of comfort, and by the end of all that, she was really excited to try out her new "big girl bed". Luckily, we havent had any trouble with Jaida getting out of bed, but if you do, don't give up right away — continue to encourage Paige to try out the bed. If she's still having trouble after a few days, perhaps bring the cot back. Just try not to present its reappearance as a step backward in development or a bad thing.

Lastly, remember that the switch from a crib to a bed is milestone in your life, too. It's another sign that your baby is growing up and reflect back on when you first set up the crib for your little one.

Hope this helps,
JaidasMum24

Jaida (6), Ameli (2) & Lacey (2mths) - SA

Hehehe, sorry about the 3 replies ... it didnt appear to be registering, so I posted again. Oops
JaidasMum24

Jaida (6), Ameli (2) & Lacey (2mths) - SA

Hi JaidasMum24

Thankyou for your advice. Placing the bed in the same spot as the cot is a good idea. I did take Paige with me when I was looking for 'big girl beds' she was excited helping pick one out. As the time draws nearer for delivery of the big bed I sort of had the idea that I may leave the cot in her room as well and give her the option of where to sleep? (not to sure) I suppose I will just have to wait and see.

Rachel

Rachel, TAS (Paige 21/6/02)

Hi Rachel,

Glad my ideas have been able to help you smile

I would suggest however that once you start putting your daughter in the big bed, don't go backwards and put her in the cot... this might send out confusing messages to her and may even encourage her anxiety about the big bed. Once you make the change over you should stick with it.

I wish you much success with moving Paige to the big bed. Let us know how it all goes.

Michelle smile
I think you just have to go with what works for you ... all kids are different and hopefully Paige will take to her new bed with no worries at all.

I was given the advice of reintroducing the cot if they're reallly not taking to the bed, by an infant specialist, as its a much more stressful situation is no-one's getting any sleep, and the child's always stressed about bed time. This won't cause further anxiety about the "big bed", it just means she's not ready to make the switch.

Hopefully these points of view havent confused you further ... just go with what works, and feels right for you.

Good luck,
JaidasMum24

Jaida (6), Ameli (2) & Lacey (2mths) - SA

...Sorry :}

I didn't mean to give confusing advice.

Michelle
Hi Michelle

You haven't confused me, any advice is helpful.

Rachel, TAS (Paige 21/6/02)

Well Madison is now sleeping in her big bed. I left the cot in the room for awhile and she wouldn't go near the bed.

As soon as I took the cot out she was in it no problems. She helped pack the cot up and we said bye bye cot as it went into the garage. She then ran straight to her room and jumped on the bed.

All is going well so far, touch wood.
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