We decided to take the sides off Harry & Lottie’s cotbeds around mid-February and make them into toddler beds. I was feeling VERY nervous.
“Why ruin a great bedtime routine? Why make life so much harder for ourselves?”...Hubby and I asked ourselves!
Because (I guess) we felt like it was the right time…and that we had to do it one day.
Harry & Lottie were 2 years and 4 months old. It just seemed right. They were in their own rooms, and it seemed the natural next step.
Lottie got it straight away. She never left her cot once. She literally ‘got on with it’. The only thing she didn’t like was the side being so open, and so we borrowed a cot-side from a friend. And then Lottie was very happy and content.
Harry was a different story. The first week he would constantly get out of bed, mess about, stand on the landing and shout down to us, and generally lark about! He thought it was amazing. He was delighted with this new freedom!
He probably took until 9pm each night to go to sleep that week.
We’d go up (Hubby and I would take turns), trying to keep our cool, saying nothing and place him back into bed. Until Harry eventually wore himself out.
Then after 2 weeks he got less ‘silly’…he probably got bored of the novelty of it all! He really cracked it after about 3-4 weeks.
We now put them both to bed at 7pm and no-one gets up. Both go to sleep so well.
Their little toddler beds look so cute now in their rooms, and they actually really love them. They like climbing in and having a ‘big boy and girl’ duvet and pillow!
It’s been a big step for me too – seeing the cots disappear has really hit home that my babies are growing up fast.