from cot to bed
Chelsea - posted on 11/03/2009
I think that it's a bit early to switch the child to a toddler bed because of the dangers that a bed have for such a young child. It would be easy to fall which could cause injury but the main concern is that the child will not stay in bed (a very real problem) and will get into unsafe things in their room or the house. It's impossible to monitor what they are doing all night long. The child could easily get out of bed and pull out a plug that is plugged in and get electrocuted, pull a lamp down on themselves etc. The dangers of a typical room go on and on no matter who baby proofed it is. I would highly suggest that you work on making the crib a safer place by buying something like this:
Sunrise - posted on 11/03/2009
I don't think there is a "best age" but it's something each parent needs to evaluate on his/her own. Your situation and determined toddler may be quite different from mine. We don not plan to switch our daughter to a bigger bed until she is btwn 2 and 3, hopefully the later. However as she gorws she may decide to climb out and at that point we will re evaluate it. I totally agree that if you allow your LO to be in a open bed or mattress on the floor you need to step up the baby proofing and make sure he cannot escape from the one room and get into trouble unsupervised at night. Good luck mama!
Caryn - posted on 11/02/2009
Personally I think this age is too young to switch to a toddler bed. I think if its something you think is the right thing to do for your child then just try putting his mattress on the floor rather than on a toddler bed. This will keep him from getting hurt if he falls off (5-6in versus 1+ft...). Also like Nicole suggested, make sure you keep things extremely baby-proofed because if he wakes up he WILL get into things. I don't think blocking him into his room in anyway is a very nice thing to do but put gates up at rooms you don't want him in, like the kitchen, and at the top and bottom on staircases. Keep bathroom doors shut tight as well so that he cant get into them, and your bedroom door OPEN...if he wakes up and night and wanders he will probably eventually find his way to you.
We're considering moving our son to a bed if he continues to try and climb out. He can't get over the bars, BUT he has gotten himself stuck in awkward positions before he has started making enough noise to wake us up.
Health experts will argue keeping him in a crib until he is closer to two because they don't want us to be using pillows and blankets yet for fear of SIDS.
I am of the mind of going with what works for your child. If your child is that active, a toddler bed might be your best bet. Just realize that you will want to be extra vigilant in keeping things kid proof because he will be able to get out of bed on his own and wander while you are sleeping or alternatively have late night visits from him because he can get out and come find you.
Catrina - posted on 11/02/2009
Hiya, thought i would reply to the question you puy up about frm cot to bed!! i put my twins in a bed when they turned age 1. i was worried the same as you but the sooner the better really, they adjust to a bet better when they are younger. i put a quilt on the floor nxt to the bed 4 a couple of wks, till they got used to it but they were fine.
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