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#1 Woodland

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 06:42 PM

My DH and I are wondering if moving our DS to a bed will help him sleep better? At the moment he wakes up a few times a night and is easily re-settled with a drink of water and a quick cuddle. Im hoping that if he's in a bed that he'll be able to reach over and get his drink himself off a bedside table and therefore not need us at night so much?

Also we're hoping that he might just get up and out of bed in the morning and play in his room for a while before waking us up. Does your child do this or do they still yell out to be "got up" from their bed?

Are we being dreamers to think putting him in a big bed may help his sleep and early morning waking? Is there anyone who's toddlers sleep did improve once in a big bed?

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 07:06 PM

Initially it did. She slept really well and wouldn't get out of bed she would just call out for us.

However that didn't last long. She now runs into us during the night and we have the stay in bed battle. But each child is different
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:20 PM

It has made no difference to Nathan's sleeping habits. He still wakes 1-3 times a night. He never gets himself out of bed, he still calls out to me or his dad to come to him.

It has only been about 5 weeks tho, so time may change things!

Nathan has had sleeping troubles since day 1, I didn't think a big bed would magically change anything with him, would have been nice if it did!

Good luck with the move to a big bed!

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:49 PM

We had 2 weeks of fantastic sleeping and then she realised she could play in her room even with minimal toys in there so now its not unusual to have my old 8pm in bed asleep daughter awake until 11pm in her room 'playing' or unpacking drawers.
We also have a baby gate in her doorway more to keep her safe if were asleep and she gets up and wanders around the house.

Hoping it works better for you smile.gif

ETA she has been in a big bed for about 8 weeks or so now
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:06 PM

For my son, he basically stayed the same. We had one night early on when he woke up and came and joined us in our bed, but otherwise his sleeping habits have remained the same.

He normally comes into our room first thing, wakes me up, and then will go off and play on his own for a little while.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 06:07 AM

We moved Aidan to his single bed about 2 weeks ago. He has slept pretty much the same (no overnight wakes), except the mornings are generally earlier now. He was more of a 6:30-7am waker, now it is almost always 6am and the last 2 mornings have been 5:30am. He has only made it to 6:45am once.

When he wakes he shouts for us (well Daddy!) until we get him up or a few times he shouts and then gets up and out of his room himself.

I don't know if moving from cot to bed will 'fix' sleep problems, I think they will generally keep sleeping how they have been....they just aren't contained anymore ph34r.gif
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:14 AM

Thanks so much for your replies. I guess we were hoping it may improve his sleep but I think judging from your experiences we are dreaming there. We'll keep in "contained" in his cot a bit longer.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:43 AM

Just wanted to add we had to transfer G out of his cot when he was 18 months old. He was continually climbing out and injuring himself.

After 12 months of perfect 12 hour nights of sleeping things went downhill very fast.

My daughter will be contained in her cot till she is 3 if I can manage it!
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