I’m not sure why, but many parents seem to be in a rush to move children from a cot to a “big kid’s” bed. My response is, “What’s the hurry?” Parents have more control over their little ones while they’re in a cot. As you’re finding out, young children usually sleep better and are easier to control in a cot. Your daughter may be trying to crawl out of her cot, but she’s not succeeding. So here’s what I recommend:
- Buy or borrow a cradle. This is much cozier than a cot for your new baby. Also, you can move the cradle around as you need to.
- Leave your 19-month-old in the cot for now. Believe me, she will not feel badly that she’s not in her big girl bed because she will still want to be your baby after the newborn arrives.
- About three to four months after the birth of your baby you can decide whether or not to move your daughter from the cot to a bed. When she’s able to crawl out, the time is definitely right.
These tips will certainly make your life easier; your older child will feel more secure and sleep longer. There are no benefits to rushing a child from a cot to a bed. I’m sure some parents will give you a different point of view, but this is my opinion, based on plenty of experience with little ones.
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