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Transitioning from Cot to Bed

By Christine Hansen

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Transitioning from Cot to Bed

She was not having it!

She was screaming and fighting it every night but she was simply getting too big!

 

Transitioning her from her cot to her new bed turned out to be a much bigger struggle than my clients had bargained for…

 

So what can you do if you want this switch to be as delightful and as pleasurable as possible?

  1. Spend some awake time in the new bed and make the switch gradually. Try it for just a couple of minutes during the day and put your baby’s favourite toy in there or if your little one has a bouncer put her with that inside of her new bed (supervised of course!) Sometimes the car seat works well too for short stretches of time. Let her take everything in. Don’t overstimulate her, just let her discover the new perspective and what is going on around her.
  2.  If your little one doesn’t have a cuddly sleep toy yet then introducing one can help. You choose amongst the gazillion ones you were given for your baby’s birth or you can take an old t-shirt that has your smell on it and use that. If you wish you can get creative and sew a little pillow or something similar out of it. Tuck it between you and your child when feeding so that step by step there will be a bond and trust between this object and your baby. This will take time! A couple of weeks is a very normal time span. Taking the lovey then with her to her new bed will make the transition easier.
  3. You can be with her at first and gradually start removing yourself. You can either do so by having a mattress next to her new bed where she can easily see you and gradually build up a distance until she feels more secure or you can sit next to her bed until she feels more comfortable. Again this will take time and the key is to be consistent with whatever you choose to do.


Whatever you do, take your time and move with baby steps (pun not intended) and help your baby to get used to this new situation by staying calm and helping her to regulate any anxiety she might have at the beginning. You will see that if you don’t get stressed and keep telling yourself that you have all the time in the world, the whole process will be much more harmonic and peaceful.

Reviewed by Christine Hansen 24 March 2016 references
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Transitioning from Cot to Bed

She was not having it!

She was screaming and fighting it every night but she was simply getting too big!

 

Transitioning her from her cot to her new bed turned out to be a much bigger struggle than my clients had bargained for…

 

So what can you do if you want this switch to be as delightful and as pleasurable as possible?

  1. Spend some awake time in the new bed and make the switch gradually. Try it for just a couple of minutes during the day and put your baby’s favourite toy in there or if your little one has a bouncer put her with that inside of her new bed (supervised of course!) Sometimes the car seat works well too for short stretches of time. Let her take everything in. Don’t overstimulate her, just let her discover the new perspective and what is going on around her.
  2.  If your little one doesn’t have a cuddly sleep toy yet then introducing one can help. You choose amongst the gazillion ones you were given for your baby’s birth or you can take an old t-shirt that has your smell on it and use that. If you wish you can get creative and sew a little pillow or something similar out of it. Tuck it between you and your child when feeding so that step by step there will be a bond and trust between this object and your baby. This will take time! A couple of weeks is a very normal time span. Taking the lovey then with her to her new bed will make the transition easier.
  3. You can be with her at first and gradually start removing yourself. You can either do so by having a mattress next to her new bed where she can easily see you and gradually build up a distance until she feels more secure or you can sit next to her bed until she feels more comfortable. Again this will take time and the key is to be consistent with whatever you choose to do.


Whatever you do, take your time and move with baby steps (pun not intended) and help your baby to get used to this new situation by staying calm and helping her to regulate any anxiety she might have at the beginning. You will see that if you don’t get stressed and keep telling yourself that you have all the time in the world, the whole process will be much more harmonic and peaceful.

Reviewed by Lisa Kelly 24 March 2016
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