Movin’ on up

Megan's cot - before pic

Now you see it…

Way back in the mists of time, before I set up the only boy in the house (a year ago last Friday, fact fans!), there was Lunch Hour Waffle, my first toe in the water of the blogging world. To be honest it wasn’t that good – believe it or not, it was more rambly and less focused than this blog is – and I’m glad I decided to change things. Although I did bring those old posts with me when I changed, as a kind of starter for ten.

One of those was about Heather’s transition from cot to bed, and how much help the Gro-Clock had been. Astonishingly, almost two years on, we’ve now reached the same point with Megan, and it’s interesting to now be able to read back on our experiences with Heather. And with that experience, and having fixed the cot that caused so much trauma last time, we’ve been able to plan things much better this time round, and so far that plan seems to be working.

Our cot isn’t one of those that converts into a bed, but it does have a drop-side that’s fairly easy to remove, without affecting the structure and stability of the cot itself. It’s what we did   with Heather until her new room was clear and the bed built, and it’s what we’re doing with Megan too. And I think it’s a great way to get her used to sleeping without bars on all sides, not least because the mattress is at a height that’s not only easy for her to climb onto, but is also low enough that she won’t hurt herself if she falls out. Which she has done – several times in fact, but we’ve put a duvet down to pad the floor a bit, and so far those falls haven’t even woken her, never mind injured her!

Megan's cot - after pic

… now you don’t!

One thing that is different this time is how easy it’s been putting her to bed, in comparison to Heather at the same stage. Either she’s not yet worked out that she can climb out, or she’s quite content going to sleep rather than taking advantage of her new-found freedom. I suspect it’s the latter, because Megan’s always loved her bed, but I guess time will tell. At this point with Heather it could take us up to an hour to get her to stay in bed long enough to fall asleep so we’re definitely winning.

And, when it comes to morning, we’ve bought Megan a Gro-Clock of her very own, and after a couple of days she’s just about got the hang of staying in bed until it turns yellow and the sun appears. Honestly, I don’t think we could ask for anything more from her – the ease with which she’s adapted to the change is astonishing.

That said, there is the possibility it could all change when we move her into a proper bed, but I’m pretty confident that won’t be any problem whatsoever. Once she stops rolling out in her sleep, obviously!

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4 thoughts on “Movin’ on up

  1. This is a great read! I make a determined effort not to compare my children against each other, and this is a really refreshing look at comparing the events that go around the children!

    I didn’t realise that cots had whole sides that came down. Ours has 2 rails which come out – a terrible alternative as I still need to lower my daughter over the top at waist height. Did my back in more than nearly 2 years ago with my fist daughter, and if I’m not careful I’m going to exactly the same again with my second!

    Great post! :)

  2. Thanks Paul. We try our best not to compare, but it’s not always easy. What we’ve found so far is that although the order they develop skills in might be different, they ultimately reach all the same markers at roughly the same time, and I guess that’s what is important.

    The dropside cot was a godsend with Heather, but she trashed it by holding on whilst jumping up and down, and managed to wreck the wood that was holding a screw in. It’s never been the same since, and consequently we’ve not used that ability at all with Megan. I have to say I’m not missing it as much as I thought I would, but then again I’ve not had any problems with my back because of it. Maybe if I had I’d have tried harder to fix it…

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