We are ready for the next stage in my little boys life, he’s moving from cot to toddler bed which also ends our co-sleeping days. I have mixed emotions on this, I’m so looking forward to owning my half of the bed again but equally I’ll miss those midnight cuddles so very much, many of you will know co-sleeping got us through some real tough times, it’s the end of a long, emotional journey.
I’ve asked myself the same questions over and over! Is now the right time? Is he ready? How do I even know! We’ve had lots of change at home lately, he’s just getting used to little sister being here but my motherly instinct tells me he’s ready for it, we’re all ready for the move!
Update: It’s been 3 full weeks, here’s what’s helped with transitioning from cot to toddler bed.
Routine is key. Whatever your nightly routine – it must be consistent! Our routine starts around 6pm with a bath almost straight after dinner, (saves double cleaning after a messy meal). After bath, it’s book and bottle time. At 28 months Alfie still likes a little milk before dosing off, some nights he doesn’t bother to drink it but its very much part of his routine, it’s what he knows and recognises as bedtime, we do this at the same time every night.
The Wow Factor
The build up to the big move was pretty full on! Getting as much hype and excitement in the air has certainly helped get the little ones attention. The grand reveal, that taadaa moment was worth it, it’s really encouraged him to enjoy the space.
As well as routine, keeping some familiarity in the room has been so important. Comforter, favourite teddy and the same settings on Alf’s night light helped soothe the transition. We didn’t move the layout of the room too much either, his new bed pretty much replaced the his cot!
The Right Bed
Finding the right bed can help ease the transition in stages. After ample research we choose the Snuz ScandiKot . This cot bed initially caught my eye for it’s beautiful look and stylish design however what really sold it was the one sided bed feature, it allows a gradual transition to the toddler bed! Another clever product I’ve recently discovered is the Snuz Surface mattress, the mattress that grows with baby. By adjusting the firmness, the mattress adapts to baby’s needs. Firm support for baby, medium support for toddler and so on. Again a little familiarity throughout the transition period worked wonders for us.
I absolutely love how the room turned out, it’s my favourite room in the house. The theme was inspired by a number of things, mainly my love for all things Scandinavian and Alfies love for whales. Wall decals are such a simple yet effective way to add a feature wall, these can also be removed and reused. I absolutely love the finished look and considering just how much time Alfie likes to spend in his new room, it’s safe to say it’s a huge hit with him too!
Before writing this tonight I popped my head in to Alfie’s room and there he was, my big boy, no longer a baby, sleeping soundly in his new bed, it totally pulled on all my heart strings. There I was, just a parent, wishing this moment would last a little longer, knowing it won’t be long until we welcome the next new stage once again!
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All my love