Having recently posted about how fast Little 2 has grown up lately, I have to reiterate it again. Last week we made the leap of converting her cot into a junior bed. I mentioned a little while ago that she was still in a sleeping bag and cot as she turned 2, she was sleeping through the night and so there was no need to make the move to a big girls bed.
Then last week she tried to climb out for the first time. She had gone down for a nap reluctantly one lunchtime as she knew we were going out afterwards. I think she thought she was going to miss out and so tried to get out, Daddy went up when she called out and found her with one leg over the side of the cot, luckily she didn't have anything in there to climb on or the oompf to pull herself up because otherwise she would have gone over the top. We decided it was time to make the change before she did it again and possibly got hurt.
I decided to do it on a Friday so she got used to it over the weekend when no one had to get up if she didn't settle very well. I managed to dismantle the cot and rebuild it as a bed without losing any fingers so was quite impressed with myself, it wasn't easy holding one end of the cot, unscrewing a bolt whilst balancing the cot side on my head and catching all the bits before they crashed into a pile with me underneath!!
We bought a bed guard so that she still felt secure and couldn't fall out, and as she still wants to sleep in the sleeping bag it was safer as she is less likely to get out of bed with it there and fall on her face trying to walk in the sleeping bag. (The bed rail we chose had great reviews and is collapsible for taking on holiday and to nanny's house, unfortunately it only comes in blue.)
She got quite excited seeing me taking the cot apart and dancing in the space where it had been and her eyes lit up when I put the mattress back on the bed and invited her to get in. She and Little 1 played in her new bed and put their teddies to bed in it.
As bedtime approached she said 'Mummy, put my bars back now?' I explained that she was getting bigger and she could have a big girls bed now which she just accepted. Phew, I had begun to worry that she wouldn't go to sleep at bedtime.
When bedtime came everything went as normal and she was lifted into bed in her sleeping bag as she would have been in her cot, she stayed there and after a few minutes fell asleep as good as gold, she is such a good girl.
She must have been comfortable and tired as she slept all night and in the morning I had to go in and wake her as she was still asleep at 8am, it would be lovely if both girls would sleep until 8am every Saturday morning, I would be thrilled.
I am glad she likes her big girls bed. She keeps telling everyone about it.
(Please excuse the big box along the wall with the blanket over it, we have bought little 2 a cabin bed, as they were discontinuing her bedroom range, for when she is a little bigger and it won't fit up in the loft.)