Big boy’s bed
At the weekend we took the sides off Aled’s cotbed and converted it into a bed. I must admit to some trepidation about doing this for the following reasons:
- I was worried about him falling out of bed and landing on the floor with a loud thud, partly because he used to sleep curled up against the side of the cot
- it seemed unlikely that he would stay in bed, given that he doesn’t tend to be a big fan of going to bed and insists that he is ‘just playing’ when we tell him it’s bedtime
I’m glad we had a nice big cotbed because it meant that Aled could continue to sleep in it until we were ready to take the sides off. (The cotbed is this one from John Lewis. The reason for buying a cotbed was that we had to replace the original cot last year when this happened).
But we needed to make the change this weekend because Aled was getting to the point where his legs were long enough to climb out of the cot unaided – and I thought it would be better for him to fall out of a low bed than to fall from the top of the cot bars.
In the end, it was a fairly smooth and painless transition. The most difficult thing about it was that Aled tried to jump on the bed whilst we were in the process of putting it together. Other than that everything has gone really well. Aled has slept in it quite happily every night, although he still takes a bit of persuasion to actually agree to go to bed in the first place. Some mornings he has carried on playing in his room until we have gone in to see what he is up to, whereas when he was in the cot he would call out to us first thing in the morning to be lifted out.
One thing that really helped H and me feel confident about taking the sides off the cotbed was that we are using a Gro-bag stay on duvet and bedding set (bought from Amazon and used with Aled’s existing cotbed duvet and cot pillow). This bedding set has a duvet cover that zips onto a fitted sheet, and makes it less likely that the child will accidentally fall out of bed, and Aled hasn’t fallen out of bed once. We got him used to the bedding by using it in the cotbed for a couple of weeks before taking the sides off. Aled really loves the bright and colourful pattern we’ve chosen, so much so that he objected when we put his old bedding back on while this new bedding was in the wash.
I’ve included two photos below showing one of the zips both zipped up and unzipped (these photos were posed with soft toys because Aled wouldn’t stay still long enough!).
The zips are only a couple of foot long, so they don’t completely enclose the occupant of the bed. We’ve actually taken the duvet out of the case for the last 3 nights because the weather has been so hot and muggy, but the bedding has still worked well.
I’ve just purchased a single bed set of the same style of bedding for use on holiday, in the hope that it will make it easier for Aled to sleep in single beds in hotel rooms and self-catering properties.