We have finally taken the plunge and moved BBfrom a cot into a bed! Ok, so we are very late putting BBinto a bed…he is 3 years and 3 months but you see he has always slept so well and has never climbed out so we have never had any incentive too. Plus with two other small ones to contend with I didn’t need another that could escape!
However, when I suggested the change to BBto move from cot to bed, he could not have been more excited. Yes, it was time for the bars to come down and for the little man to go into his proper bed!
This was slightly more challenging than we had initially thought as the cot was inherited from my sister-in-law and we had no instructions of how to change it. After a phone call to her and some sent pictures we managed to play detective and work it out!
As the bars came down I felt quite sad to think I would no longer be lifting him in and no longer have his little face greet me over the bars in the morning. By going in a bed he is now officially a proper boy and not my baby anymore. Plus I now was worrying about the whole ‘now he know how to get in and out’ how to I contain him issue?
Luckily we have a stair gate at the top of the stairs so once he is in bed if he does come out of his room he can’t come downstairs. Then I think it will just have to be a case of leading him back to his bed if this does happen.
BBwanted to have a nap straight away and test it out! He stayed in his room for an hour but just thought it was great time to play! I went up to his room to find almost every book in it on his bed! We shall see how this turns out and hope the novelty wears off but I hope I don’t lose nap time as well!
The first night has gone well, he went straight in and went straight to sleep. I hope this is not fluke or a one-off.
But actually I do think there are benefits to the transition from cot to bed.
Firstly it now saves my back (which really needs some therapy after constantly lifting three small ones!) and secondly, we get to indulge in story time on the bed together which is just so special. I am just loving that part.
Thirdly it is his independence – my little boy can get in and out of his own bed and take control of his own movements. I just hope he doesn’t fall out! We have loaded the side of the bed with sofa cushions just incase!