Ok so from my last post, my partner has set up and built the bed (took him a good two hours!), I’ve washed and ironed all the bedding and I aired the mattress for 24 hours! Everything’s all set up and ready!
When all the bedding was made, the bed looked gorgeous! I showed my
lo, and let her climb on it and play with her teddies on it. She was due
her nap at this time, so she had her comfort blanket and her dummy, I
left her to play while I quickly had to pop to the next room, and by the
time I had come back, she was asleep! Yes she’d happily fallen asleep
on her big girls bed! I was over the moon.
So day time nap was a success! That evening, I made sure that her
dinner was on time, that she’d had a nice relaxing bath, and I red her
bedtime stories to her whilst she drunk her milk. Then we climbed the
stairs together, I put on her lullaby CD and tucked her tightly in to
bed. Now here I was a little concerned as now she could defiantly get
out of the bed if she wished as there is no bars to stop her! I just
prayed that she didn’t realize that!
I gave her a kiss and said goodnight, I placed the baby gate shut on
her door, and sat behind the wall (unknown to her!), just in case she
did get out of bed or cry.
She did cry for about 10 mins off and on, and I had a few peaks and
she was waving her comfort blanket in the air. But eventually after
around 20 mins she had fallen asleep.
There was no attempt to get out of bed, or that she probably couldn’t
as I’d literally tucked the toddler duvet under the mattress so she
In the night she did have a little moan, as she couldn’t turn but
eventually did, she loves to sleep with her bum in the air. She didn’t
fall out, and happily woke up at 7.30am and played with her toys.
A complete success, and a huge relief on my behalf! I thought it was
going to be much harder! Not as much as I had thought. Hopefully now
this night will carry on like this for the rest of the week and more.
My tips for helping easy in to a toddler bed;
1. In the day make sure the child gets a good look and feel of the bed, let them have a play on it and get a good sense about it.
2. Act like you love the bed, stroke it and say nice things like “Wow look at this lovely bed!”
3. At night make sure they have something to comfort them, read stories in bed, give them a toy, or keep a CD on low for them.
4. Keep a night time routine! This has been crucial for me.