It feels like I blinked and my youngest has gone from a newborn to a toddler in no time and is learning things at such a fast pace. He watches his older brother like a hawk and is so eager to get involved and keep up with him.
Every morning he climbs over me as we co-sleep most nights and the first thing he does is go to his brothers room to see if he is awake and tries to climb into his bed, which doesn't always go down well with my eldest. As soon as Baby G is up he is going a hundred miles an hour and I think things have happened quicker the second time around such as walking, using cutlery and his communication skills because he has an older sibling to look up too.
He immediately climbed on to it and got under the covers, imitating his brother and finding the whole thing amusing. We know it's going to be at least another 3-4 months before we would be happy to let him sleep on his own as he still tosses and turns to much to be safe in a toddler bed as well as being unsupervised if he decides to get up on his own in the night but change is certainly on it's way and we want to be prepared.
Just like with a cot you need to think of comfort as this of course is going to have a massive impact on their quality of sleep, as well as making sure you have a waterproof protector wether they are still in nappies or not. The Fine Bedding company have recently introduce a children's range that offers all those bedding essentials including water proof protector sheets, washable pillows and duvets all of which is breathable and hypoallergenic.
We do feel like we learnt a few things through trial and error the first time around and thought I would share my top 3 cot to bed transitioning tips.
1. If your child is moving into a new bed it can be daunting change and upset the night-time routine and it will take a time to adjust so try and keep things simple and calm. Invest in a soothing and gentle projection nightlight as well as black out curtains and keep favourite teddies nearby for comfort.
2. Once you change over to a toddler bed ditch the grow bags and start using lightweight breathable duvets as sleeping bags can not only start to be quiet restrictive for a toddler but also cause a potential tripping hazard should they get up in the middle of the night and attempt to get out of bed.
3. Be patient as it may take a while before they settle into their new bed and if you are getting stressed or trying to rush the process they will pick that up and feel less settled. The main thing is to create a calm and safe environment. Also unlike a crib or cot they can now freely get in and out of bed so make sure you have nothing they can trip over or hurt themselves on.