The Transition to the Big Boy Bed was a long time coming for us. We waited until James was over 3. He was in his cot until then & very happy.
I have to say I dreaded it! I thought this is going to be a nightmare! What if he gets up at night & moves around the house? What if he falls out? What if he stopped sleeping?? What if?? What if??
So we prepared ....
I read a few articles & the main points I took into consideration were -
Preparation - Chat to him about it, make it exciting.
Do It Together - We went shopping together & let him try out mattresses & beds at the shops. He loved it!
Make him Secure - This one was a big one for me & where I put in most of my time. I wanted it to feel as normal as possible for him.
Easy does It - Prepare to stay in the room with him some nights if required. I was dreading this! I love my own bed!!!
Stay firm - If they start to wander 2 or 3 nights in. Be firm.
Boost their Confidence - Praise their good work of sleeping all night & staying in their bed until morning.
For us the purchase of a new bed was not going to happen as we had a day bed in the room from Ikea & we loved the storage options underneath. Also it was great for the visits from Nana. I purposely bought a cot that could change into a Toddler Bed but James had already noticed his friends had Big Beds so I thought going into the day bed with a new firm mattress was the way to go. I ensured I purchased sheets that were the same cotton as his cot sheets. This was obviously my choice & he didn't jump in the bed & say 'Oooo Mom lovely sheets' but I thought having the same material would help him settle. The quilt cover I have to say was a little bit of an issue again for me! I just could not purchase the novelty ones such as 'Fireman Sam'. I couldn't! So while at a Trade Show recently I came across this great range of bed linen by Madras Link. http://nellandoll.com.au/collections/decor/Bed
I loved the simple style & prints. The matching Cushions & Bunting ... Oh how these things make me so happy ......!
James also has a toy from when he was born. His Little Bear by Britt - http://nellandoll.com.au/collections/toy/products/baby-snuggles-koala
And his constant companion since he turned 2, Cowboy Dollie - http://nellandoll.com.au/collections/toy/products/alimrose-cowboy-doll
These small things I felt made a difference. He settled into the routine very easily. The bed being in the room for a long time prior & being so familiar would have helped also. I skipped a side rail & rolled up a blanket instead & placed it under the sheet. This has worked a treat for us.
And then the time came & he went to bed ....
We waited outside the door & waited ... No sound. No little sound of the feet hitting the floor & running for freedom! But thought I'd better check on him! Glad I did ...
Next morning he called out. Just like he did in his cot. Mom! Mom! And that was it ...
No I lie ...
He did fall out one night but didn't wake! Found him on the floor curled up on the cushions!
He has thankfully never got up at night & wandered around the house. Only jumped up one morning last week & had an ice cream for breakfast! As you do ...
So my recommendation - Don't worry as much as I did. When you are ready & you think your little one is ready, just do it. It was thankfully no where near as bad as I thought!
Can you add anything to help another Mom with this transition?