Little Mr has been sleeping through the night consistently for over a month now. I am obviously delighted as we have worked so so hard to get to this point. It’s been a bit of a battle getting him to sleep through but we seem to have cracked it and it is so beneficial for all of us. For the record, he slept through from 10 weeks old with the occasional blip up until I went back to work following maternity leave when Little Mr was 10 months old. Since then, it’s been a bumpy few months but we are so pleased with where we’re at now.
Little Mr usually wakes up in the week anytime between 6:45am – 8am. When we’re at work, I hate waking him up so early. He always looks so peaceful and cosy but it’s not often he wakes up without a smile. If he wakes up before us, he’ll usually entertain himself by reading a book or two that we leave in his cot. He’ll often make up the story whilst looking at the pictures and cuddling his toys. He has always slept in a Grobag (The Gro Company sleeping bag) He’s always been warm in them and they stay put despite the amount of wriggling that he does during the night.
I’m in completely unchartered territory here and I have no idea when the right time is to take the side off his cot to turn it into a cotbed. Surely it’d be easier for us to leave the sides on his cot until he’s at school, right?
Obviously my primary concern, if we take the side of his cot off we run the risk that he will be unsettled at night? I really don’t want to trade my full nights sleep any time soon (is that selfish?)
He’ll be able to get up and roam around his room, empty his chest of drawers, play with his toys, trash the wardrobe! I’m really hoping he wouldn’t but he’s an inquisitive little monkey so it’s inevitable really.
If I’m honest, I don’t really know when the best time will be to take the side off. A few of my friends with little ones the same age, have made the move to take the side off or move them to a toddler bed and they’ve been okay. They’re sleeping in a cotbed with a quilt and pillow. Should I wait a while? I’m not sure this side of Christmas is the right time to do it.
I’m going to buy a toddler bed guard in preparation so that when I feel like the time is right to take the side off, I’m ready.
I’d love some advice if you’ve gone through this dilemma. Do I just need to face it and accept that he’s growing up? I’d love to hear your thoughts.