Today, I'm sharing with you an item that helped us sooo much in our cot-to-bed transition.
We were all dreading this moment: Is he going to sleep in a new bed, is he going to get out constantly and cry to stay with us, is he going to wake up during the night, creep up downstairs, open the door and run on the street, all on his own?
So many worries, apparently they are normal but that doesn't make them less perturbing!
The transition to toddler bed became quite a sudden need for us when our LO decided that his cot was too small and so easily climbable, why hadn't he thought of it before really.???. So in a hurry, I did a quick search on Amazon for a cheap but sturdy toddler bed he would like and enjoy.
The toddler bed
I think the choice was quite obvious for us as our son loves cars and trucks and the perfect cute one turned out to be the cheapest one too!!! yeahhhh So we purchased this:
Unfortunately because we had a cot and not a cot bed, we also had to purchase a mattress that fit this new bed!!! Eeeuurrgghhh
If you don't know what you have:
- A cot mattress is 120x60
- A cotbed or toddler mattress is 140x70
So that was the bed sorted!! For about £140! I say: result!!!
That evening after we got all the bits and pieces, we tested it: I built the bed next to his cot and we asked our LO which bed he wanted to sleep in. He was so curious about the new pretty bed, he jumped on it straight away!! Relief!!!!
|We read the story in his new toddler bed|
|He was soon fast asleep with his head firmly on the head board for orientation|
Now the next issue was how to keep him in!!!!!!
The fabulous Door Monkey
We tried the usual gate but unfortunately as our LO is a little monkey he easily climbs over these!!
We thought about installing a bolt on his door but I thought that was a bit mean and I would feel like I am keeping my son in prison!
After a long search on Amazon for the right solution for us, I found the Door Monkey!!
It serves two purposes really:
1. Keep your child in his room
2. The finger proof design makes it super safe
At first, I was a bit worried that we would have to keep his door ajar and that would distract him because we've never done it before. But it doesn't seem to bother him. Also, it's so convenient when I want to check up on him: I don't need to be super careful with opening the door, it's already open!!!!
When he wakes up and he wants out, he tries to open the door but can't, if he wants to close it, he can't either so his fingers are safe!!
My LO is quite strong and the house a new build (=not solid) but he hasn't broken anything yet. The Door Monkey is equipped with soft rubber grips so when your LO goes crazy on the door, it keeps it quiet :)
So comforting to know that your child is safe in his room at night and not wandering about!!!
If you are wondering how it works, you just have to clip it on the door, takes 1 second to place it or remove it!! It's that good!!!
How do you do to keep your LO inside his room and in bed?
See you Soon,