From bed back to cot- regression and what to do?

Bedtime has been eventful in the last week or two in our household. We took the sides of our eldest daughters cot and transformed it into a bed.

She really loved it at first and settled and fell asleep really quickly. However, she unfortunately learnt how to open doors shortly after that. Since then she has getting out of bed and out of her room constantly. She would not even stay in her bed for more than thirty seconds. We have asked her if she wanted us to put the sides back up and surprisingly she said yes.

I put them up today and so far so good. There was not too much moaning at bedtime and she settled really quickly. I’m really hoping we can take them down again soon as my wife and I did like being able to read and sing to her whilst she was snuggled up in bed. Now we have to do her bedtime routine on her rug and then lift her into the cot at the last minute. It seems like a bit of a regression.

With a bit of luck she will realise what she is missing and ask for her big girls bed back and actually stay in it to fall asleep.

Have other people dealt with regression like this before? How did you deal with it?

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2 Responses

  1. Morna piper March 7, 2015 / 10:19 am

    We’ve been backwards and forwards with this- not with Sally getting out if bed but with her asking for the sides back on. Even now she has a large plastic toy box pushed against the open side to make her feel safer. She happily sleeps in single beds on holiday but not at home. I don’t know what to do about her getting out of bed- perhaps a gro-clock or is she old enough for a star chart?
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    • stayathomedad March 7, 2015 / 11:17 am

      Our daughter asked for the sides back on as well. We thought we’d threaten her with it if she didn’t stay in bed. But that didn’t work.

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