Until last week, Little O has slept in his Kaxholmens cot quite happily and has done so since he was about six months old. We dropped the base of it down to its lowest setting when he started to be able to get too close to the top and we fully expected to lower the side in the next few months if he tried to climb over that.
What we did not expect was that Baby E would instead try to escape from his.
In the spring, when we were researching kitchens, we went into Nolte Kuchen and they had on display the Rocky baby and infant bed from Jäll & Tofta and it was love at first sight. The bed is fantastic. It starts as a rocking cot for the baby with a seat alongside, then it can be a toddler bed and then you can flip it over and use it a child’s bed (complete with play space underneath).
Baby E has been sleeping soundly in it since he was about three or four months old. Last week, however, I went in to see if he had woken from his nap and found him sitting up in the cot and leaning over the side, leaning dangerously over the side.
So, that was that. The boys needed to swap beds asap.
It was actually pretty simple to convert the bed from Baby E’s use to Little O’s. I just removed the border plank that made a cot area and the seat, took off the cushions and that was that: a new bed for Little O.
Husband did a sterling job of explaining to Little O that he was going to be sleeping in a big boy’s bed from now on and Little O was so excited to get to sleep in the bed that rocked!
Baby E settled down well that night in the Kaxholmens cot and seemed to enjoy all the extra space that he had to roll around, and Little O rocked his new bed backwards and forwards a few times and promptly fell asleep. Perfect.
On his third night in the new bed, though, we heard a thunk and then tears. Yes, Little O had fallen out of his new bed. We had not expected it as the gap for him to fall out is not that wide (only one third of the length of the bed), but know we know. He came into our bed for a couple of hours and then, in the early hours of the morning, I returned him to the Rocky. We were keen that he should not develop a fear of sleeping in the bed. However, all has gone well since then: we’ve upped the padding that he can fall onto, there have been no more falls and he wakes each morning and happily sits up and rocks the bed for a while before calling out to us.
Baby E also sleeps well in Little O’s old cot, so it seems to be win-win, so far at least.
I am so surprised at how well the changeover has gone, as I had worried that moving Little O to a toddler bed would be far more problematic than that. I guess he is just being his typical self though and rolling with whatever life throws at him. Time for his mamma to start doing the same, I think.