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With Nugget he was all of 24 months. He was constantly climbing out of his cot and, after a few middle of the night falls, the decision was made. The big bed absolutely swamped him.
In hindsight he wasn't ready. He played 'how many times can I climb out of bed tonight' for months which lead to all manner of tactics to try to keep him in, such as returning him to bed each time (I think we peaked at 42 one night), sitting outside his door reading and playing policeman and, probably our parenting low, putting a latch up high on his door so he could see out but not get out (a Dr Spock suggestion).
After our experience with Nugget, we vowed Doo Dah would remain in his cot until
And now we are dealing with two children, both of whom can climb out of their cots. There have been no accidents involved (we keep the sides of the cot down) but their daytime nap has morphed into a game of 'let's get in and out of the cots as many times as we can'. Let's just say not much resting is happening and we are all suffering by the end of the day.
I certainly have my reservations though. Especially with Dew Drop. He is still not sleeping well at night and I fear that if we move him into a bed we will be busily playing cat and mouse all night with him. I doubt the Minx would be too much trouble but with an eager playmate egging her on, anything is possible. I don't really want to be back using the Dr Spock method, nor do I fancy playing 'guard' outside their bedroom.
But they are getting way too big for their cots. They seem to take up the whole space so it must be getting hard to roll around freely in there.
When did you move your child/ren into beds? What was the catalyst for you?