A few weeks ago, when Rosalie was showing signs of imminently climbing out of her cot, we decided we’d order her a new bed. I didn’t want to wait for her to actually climb out of her cot.
We ordered her a standard single bed from IKEA. A few people mentioned cot beds and toddler beds, but since our cot doesn’t convert to a cot bed, that wasn’t an option, and I didn’t want to waste money on a toddler bed when there is plenty of space in her bedroom for a full size bed.
I was feeling quite apprehensive about the new bed because Rosalie is such a good sleeper – she naps for 2-3 hours every afternoon, and she sleeps (or happily plays with her teddies) from 8-8 at night. I had heard tales of toddlers with perfect sleep routines deteriorate into nightmare sleepers when they moved into a bed. I was keeping everything crossed that that wouldn’t be us.
Not only were we moving Rosalie into a new bed, but we were also moving her into a new bedroom. We put her cot into the new room for a few days and she didn’t seem too bothered by her new surroundings, so we figured that was a good start.
When the new furniture arrived we made a big deal about it being Rosalie’s new bedroom and her big girl bed, and encouraged her to help Daddy assemble it, to explore it and to sit on it. Unfortunately around this time she became ill, and we were in two minds whether or not to move her, but she seemed so excited about her new bed, we thought we’d just go for it.
On the day we moved her to the new bed we went to Dunelm Mill and let her choose her own bedding. We came home and made up her bed and brought all her teddies from the cot into the big girl bed.
Honestly, the first night was not good – every time we tucked her in, she just got straight back out and there were a lot of tears. She also fell out once which meant settling her back down in the middle of the night. She also woke up crying in the morning, earlier than usual.
The second night went a little better, although she did fall out once. She had a soft landing, but obviously it’s still a shock. Then I saw some advice about putting the duvet lengthways across the bed so that there is more to tuck in, and since then she hasn’t fallen out. The duvet trick definitely helped, but I also think she’s found her boundaries now and is more aware of the fact that she has no sides.
We had a few good nights then one horrific bedtime where she got herself terribly worked up and was screaming every time we left the room and inconsolable even when we were there beside her. But since then it’s been plain sailing.
We have had to be quite strict and if she gets out of bed we put her straight back in, but after a few days of this at nap time and bedtime, she seems to have got the message, and now stays in her bed and if she isn’t ready to fall asleep then she plays with her teddies in bed just as she used to do in her cot. We do have a stairgate over her bedroom door, so we know if she does get out that she will remain in her room.
I am still struggling to comprehend the fact my tiny baby girl is now nearly two and in a proper bed, but it is lovely to be able to sit in bed with her and read her stories. She just looks so little in her big girl bed!