My son is 21 months and is a nitemare when it comes to bed time. He will not lay down in his cot and just screams but if I lay him in my bed he will lay there and drink his bottle then go to sleep with or without me in the bed.
My dd is 3 and has just gone into a toddler bed. I'm worried he might fall out or something.
I put my dd in a regular full size (double) bed at 18 months. I just put mesh guard rails on the sides and a foot stool so she could climb up and down herself. She slept in there for quite a while before she started coming in bed with me. Now she's almost 4 and is sleeping full time with me. uggg But at first, when she'd stay in her room, she did fine in a big bed.
My little boy was 18 months. In hindsight it was way too soon. We had 6 months of him constantly getting up, but he was fine in the actual bed itself. It was a toddler bed with guard rails and he never fell out or anything
We moved ours at around 17/18 months. I would have done it sooner, but we were waiting for her to be able to walk confidently so I felt she could get in and out safely. She took her first steps at 15 months and was walking confidently by 16 months, so we gave it another month or so and then switched her to a bed. Honestly, I would have done it earlier if I could have. It's much easier in a bed. The challenge will be if you rely on the cot rails to keep him in bed, because of course, they won't be there and he'll just get up and get out of bed. But we didn't have an issue with that (we didn't sleep train or leave her to cry or not respond to her if she woke up, so actually it was much easier not to have to bend over them). They do sometimes fall out. She's 4 now and has fallen out maybe 5 times ever, but it really wasn't a big deal and sometimes she barely even woke up. Just make sure you have no furniture or other hard or sharp edges in the fall zone just in case. We put a duvet and pillow next to her bed for the first week, but she didn't fall out at all then, so we got rid of it pretty quickly. They really are much more adaptable than we expect, so I'd go for it.
Mine went in at 22 months as she was so tall I worried she would fall out even at the lowest setting. She liked bed it and never really gets out. She did fall out a few times a week for a month but then hasn't since. We put a mattress on the floor so she only rolled a few inches. It has made bedtime so much easier since before I was lying beside her in my bed and transferring her. Now I sit beside her until she sleeps.
My DS was 18 months when he went into a single bed (because we needed the cot for his new baby sister who was due) we got him a footstool so he could get up and down and a barrier so he couldn't fall out! Never looked back he has 1 or 2 nights where I found him sleeping on the floor instead of his bed
My DD is 16 months and although she is more then capable of getting in & out safely I do not think mentally she is ready yet (she still does not sleep though the night) although I am toying with the idea in the hopes she sleeps better
Dd1 went into a toddler bed at 16 months, it took her a week to work out that she could actually get out of it if she liked! By which time she'd fallen in love with it and slept much better than in her cot. She didn't get as upset as she knew where to find us if she needed a cuddle.
Dd2 went into a toddler bed at 13 months, when she moved into the same room as dd1. Mostly because she was (and still is) desperate to do and have what dd1 does and has. Like dd1 she slept better from the outset and is happier to be able to come find us in the night, doesn't get upset waiting for us and goes back to sleep quicker.
Dd1 actually fell out of bed more than dd2 has and that was only a handful of times. Dd2 did fall off her bed once (messing about in the day, not when she was sleeping) and dislocated both shoulders, I dread to think of the injuries if she'd vaulted out of a cot
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