Towards the end of last year I attended the Toddler Sense work shop and I gained a lot of interesting information and insight of what lay ahead in the year to follow. One of the pieces of information that stuck out for me was when to move ones toddler from a cot to a bed because there is so much information out there on this subject and there are a number of warnings against moving your baby/toddler too soon from their cot to a bed, add to that some of my friends and family had moved their babies/toddlers to beds as young as one years old and I was seriously conflicted about when would be the right time. I didn’t want to do anything that would interrupt the blissful uninterrupted sleep that we’d been having since Ava was 12 weeks old, so it was definitely a decision that we did not take lightly.
At the workshop Ann Richardson, the co-author of Baby Sense and Toddler Sense had mentioned that the best time to move a baby/toddler from their cot was when they were able to climb out of their cot unaided as this posed a safety hazard.
Fast forward to last week and Ava-Grace started climbing out of her cot and both Walter and I were hugely concerned that she would fall and hurt herself so we made the decision to move her to her big girls bed this weekend.
I have had lots of conflicting emotions surrounding her move. I was excited for her but also really sad as it was a blatant, in your face, reminder that our baby is not a baby anymore.
We started looking around for the most suitable furniture for her room. I had originally had my heart set on Tree House as Ava’s bedroom is decorated with everything from Tree House but I was really disappointed in the quality of the furniture and a little shocked that it was so expensive and chipboard. A friend at work suggested that we check out Mistry’s and so we headed there this weekend and I was amazed at their huge selection. All untreated pine furniture which is perfect as I wanted whitewashed pine for her bedroom and the best part, their warehouse is so huge that you don’t wait, you order your goods out the warehouse, load it into the car and take it home.
Walter spent the whole of Saturday whitewashing and sealing the bed, toy box and bedside table we had bought for Ava.
I was really sad when it was time to dismantle her cot and pack away her cot mattress and bedding. But then we started assembling her bed and making her room look pretty all the while my little princess waited patiently to see what was going on.
It was a very long, busy day but we’re very happy with the results. Ava-Grace now has a bedroom fit for the Princess that she is.
The first night was excellent, I couldn’t have hoped for it to go any better than it did. We put Ava in her bed, did our usual night time ritual and 5 minutes later she was fast asleep. Sunday she took her midday nap perfectly with no issues but boy oh boy, on Sunday night I felt like we were trapped in an episode of Super Nanny.
Missy thought it was hilariously funny to climb out of bed, stand in the passage and shout BOO! Then when I’d try to take her back to bed, she’d run all over the house, with me in hot pursuit, laughing! It took an hour and 45 minutes to get her to sleep and required that between Walter and I we had to take her back to bed in the region of 32 times.
Last night was better, she climbed out 3 times and then past out. Thankfully she has been sleeping soundly and right through the night. She does get out of the bed when she’s finished sleeping but I don’t mind that at all.
I’m just really hoping she settles quickly into the new bed. I hear Super Nanny’s voice ringing in my ears each night as I repeat the steps: no communicating, lead child back to the bed, put said child back in bed and say: Sleep Time Darling…….