Well that time has officially come with my toddler Beast. She is only 19 months old and the realisation that she is growing up has really hit us this last week. The time has come for Moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed.
Why so early? Moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed.
With the impending change of moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed, we didn’t expect to be making this transition until she was at least nearly 2.
Some parents may think or say that 18 months – 2 years is too young to be moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed? But to be honest there is no perfect time. If they are ready they are ready. One tell tale sign is that they begin to climb out of their cot. Obviously with this sign it is for safety reasons to transition from a cot to a Toddler bed.
With mentioning safety it is for her own good. She is such a cheeky little girl who loves to climb. She has now started to climb out of her cot, the realisation of this was panic stations. How I noticed she was doing this was in a way bizarre.
I actually thought we were being burgled. I was sat in the living room with the older girls watching some princess film they enjoy on Disney+ and the door handle starts to wiggle. Then we hear foot steps thumping up the stairs. I initially checked the front door, it was locked.
Very strange, so I headed upstairs to be met with beast doing a Usain Bolt 100m sprint across the landing back to her bedroom. Back in her bedroom she’s caught red handed climbing back into her cot, so I left her and watched through the gap in the door. Yep… Sure enough, climbs and runs for a great escape.
So that brings us to the transformer like process of her cot ready for moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed.
Time for a new bedtime routine to help ease the change.
Beast has always had a fairly solid and consistent bed time routine and we have not long since changed her routine slightly. After experiencing her unsettled at bedtimes I started reading a bedtime story with her and other changes which you can find in my Toddler Bedtime routine post Here.
Now we have found that it is time for a new bedtime routine to help ease the move from Cot to Toddler Bed yet again. This parenting lark is alot like baseball isn’t it? It likes to throw you some curve balls.
So beast’s new bedtime routine now goes like this below.
- 6pm Bathtime – Shallow bath with Bedtime Bubbles (Child’s Farm are a great choice).
- 6.20pm Playtime – A little bit of playtime before bed.
- 6.50pm quiet time – Usually where we sit and have a snuggle with some TV.
- 7pm Story Time – We get settled into bed with a bottle of milk and her snuggly and read a bed time story.
- Lullaby – Beast shares with her bedroom with her older sister so we utilise Mouse’s TV and Roku Stick with YouTube for some Baby Sleep Music lullabies.
So that is the new bedtime routine that we have begun implementing to help with moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed.
How to help your moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed.
I know what alot of you will be thinking. With 5 daughters, 4 being older and past the stage of moving from a cot to a Toddler bed and that me and Sarah must be parenting genius’s that know everything to do with parenting. Well you would be mistaken and wrong. I don’t think anyone really can say that they are like a parenting bible.
Each child is different from another. What worked for one may not work for the other. This is what we have found with Beast compared to how the move from Cot to Toddler Bed went with her elder siblings.
Now beast is an inquisitive soul and definitely an avid explorer. So the thought of being able to finally get out of bed must be fascinating for her. But here are a few things we have being doing with Beast. I would like to think this may help you with moving Toddler from cot to Toddler bed.
- Talk to your child about it. Emphasising the positives of being in a big bed. Get them excited about it.
- Urge your child to get into their big bed, so that they are comfortable with doing so at bed time.
- Keep the same soft toys and blankets in the big bed like they had in their cot.
- Be patient with them as it is new and daunting.
- Try to be calm and consistent with them at and during bedtime
With beast it hasn’t been too bad of a move from cot to Toddler bed so far. We have had times where she has found it funny and a game to try and make a run for it out if bed. Or to stand and bounce on her new big bed. Attempt to raid her older sisters toy drawers.
One way we have combatted this with her and which seems to be working and she is getting used to it. Is to keep calm but to be consistent. Every time she has stood up in bed, we have pointed to her bed and said “no, back into bed, it is sleep time”. To which she has got back into bed. But in typical cheeky toddler fashion a few seconds later she is attempting the same all over again.
If out of bed we pick her up lay her in bed and tuck her back in and say… “bedtime… It’s time for sleep”. Now this is a bit of a battle at times, night 2 of her move from Cot to Toddler Bed I think it was around 2 1/2 hours until she actually went to sleep.
Between me and Sarah we tackled it head on with a parenting tag team system which seemed to work and kept the stress levels low. Half an hour each at a time and we soon got through it as a team. Both on the same page with the same attack strategy.
With doing this, Beast is now learning the new way of her bedtime and so far touch wood… 2 nights on from the difficult night she is doing very well. Asleep within half an hour or so.
What do I do if I get a visitor through the night?
Now this is a question some of you may be asking. But what do I do if I get a visitor through the night? Well now with the ability to get out of bed, you may well end up with a visit at god knows what time through the night. Maybe even more that twice. But just be patient, stay calm, persevere and take them back to bed.
It may take time for them to get used to the change but they will eventually.
I also refreshed the old parental knowledge with the upcoming moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed. I find it’s always good to read up on some things sometimes to pick up some advice and tips. Some you may have forgotten or not heard or tried before. With parenting your always learning on the job aren’t you.
Here are a few sites that I found useful.
When to move your Toddler from a Cot to a Bed – Made For Mum’s. https://www.madeformums.com/toddler-and-preschool/moving-your-toddler-from-a-cot-to-a-bed/
10 Tricks to move your Toddler to a First Bed – Mother & Baby. https://www.motherandbaby.co.uk/amp/baby-and-toddler/toddler/toddler-development-and-milestones/10-tricks-to-successfully-move-your-toddler-to-a-first-bed
How did the transition go moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed with your little one?
I hope some may find this post helpful. We are still going through the transition of moving Toddler from Cot to Toddler Bed, so I will update you all again over the next few weeks on how Beast is doing in her Big girl bed.