Now I didn't want to jump the gun with this one but after Ava's second night in her toddler bed I can finally say hurrah we did it! A successful transfer from cot to bed.
I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't apprehensive about the whole thing. After Ava was starting to come into our bed more often, and as much as I love the cuddles, it was time for me to regain control of bedtime (and my side of the bed).
We started making preparations for the big move. Stairgates were put in place, new bedding was bought along with a new pillow and a bed guard. I felt that one of the reasons Ava was waking at ridiculous o'clock was because she was kicking off her duvet and getting cold so after a bit of research I opted for the Gro to Bed bedding from The Gro Company. Although it was slightly pricey at £34.99 I figured that if it was going to guarantee me a decent night's sleep I was more than happy to pay for it.
We chose the Hetty design and it couldn't be easier to fix on to the bed. The fitted bottom sheet, pillowcase and zipable duvet cover all come as one meaning that your little one stays snug as a bug. I'm hoping that they bring out some more designs as there are only four to choose from at the moment and I would like to get Ava a spare one.
Unfortunately the bed guard doesn't fit. I bought it from Argos and it was only after Nath had taken the cot apart and tried to fit the blasted thing that we realised it wouldn't fit. It was only once I went back on to the Argos website and read the reviews did I see that it wasn't for cot or toddler beds. Nothing mentioned on the actual product info though so not very impressed. Her bed is very low and with the duvet being attached to the mattress I wasn't too worried about her falling out.
After refusing to get under the duvet at bedtime the first night, she gave in when I ignored her and carried on reading "The Tiger who came to tea". She soon settled down but then I was left with a bit of a conundrum. Did I sit in her room and wait for her to fall asleep or just leave her to it? I felt a bit harsh doing the latter seeing as it was her first night so I did a little test "Mummy's just going to the toilet." I said "Okay" came the reply (the bathroom is literally next to her bedroom so I could hear every murmur). She didn't make a sound, feeling a bit guilty I went back into her, she was still awake but hadn't made any attempt to get out of bed. I told her I was going to the bathroom again but went to sit in my room with a magazine. She was still quiet as a mouse and when I checked on her 5 minutes later she was fast asleep! I was seriously impressed! She slept all through and when I poked my head round the door in the morning she was still in her bed. Albeit on top of the covers but oh well.
We had similar success last night, although she's realised she can get out of bed and came to find me three times. She got back into bed happily though and slept through again. My mum thinks that after co-sleeping with us she's used to it and probably enjoys not feeling "caged" in.
I've probably completely jinxed myself now but nevermind. I would definitely recommend the Gro to Bed bedding, it's been fab and has really given me piece of mind. I bought Ava's from John Lewis.
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