Yes, those terrible twos have begun! Moving from a cot to a toddler bed can give the calmest of parents an anxiety attack.
I get asked a lot — When is a toddler ready to move from a cot to a toddler bed? As soon as they are too big for a cot or they can jump out of it. If a baby has bare feet they will climb the bars like a monkey climbs a tree. However the longer you can keep them in a cot the better it is for their sleep long term. If your toddler is happy sleeping in their cot why move them?
Often parents will move the toddler to give a cot to a younger sibling. Why not buy a 2nd cot? Toddlers moved to a bed past 3 years old do far better sleep wise. Until a child is 3 they cannot manage their temperature control and warmth and winter can be problematic for toddlers sleeping in a toddler bed. One great solution is merino sleepwear as it keeps heat in much better than cotton and lets it out if they overheat.
I would make sure that any sleep issues are dealt with before this occurs. Moving to a cot and hoping it will sort out the sleep issue is never a good idea, it will only escalate. Cots contain a child and once in a bed they have freedom and they see escape.
I often get asked why they do this. We need to train and educate for this to occur. It is very unlikely to happen by pure chance. My little sis, mum to Miss Freya 2 is going through this very issue at the moment.
And it has been trying. Her partner works away a lot and is often away for days or a week at a time.
She also has a younger sister, Tilly aged one. So all these things can create sleep issues in a previously sleep trained child and for those of you that know me, Freya was trained by me, the sleep guru at weeks of age!
This method can take a little time to work but it de-escalates things beautifully and brings peace and calm into the home. Other things to bear in mind are toddler safety. Have a good bedtime routine, these create security and reduce stress in toddlers and babies.
Remember, the safest mattresses for your baby are firm and flat and protected by a waterproof cover The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their own sleep surface, in the same room as you , for at least the first six months. How can you do this? Babies even tend to hate cosleeper cribs yes, I did say that and no, I have never and would never buy one myself.
So I hope this has prepared you for the move to the big toddler bed from the cot. And you never know it may go perfectly well without a hitch!
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