Ronan has recently reached three and we knew that we couldn’t keep him in a cot much longer. One day he would discover he could get over the side and we’d be in trouble. Yet, we could not imagine how we’d keep him in a bed. He tended to sleep wedged into one corner with his feet in the air. As the night would progress, he’d make his way around the different corners without any sense of their being a top and bottom of the bed. We’d never had any success keeping him in the bed with us either, as he tended to roll over us and out of the bed.
We started by taking one side off of his cot bed and using a safety bar. Not surprisingly, he was on the floor in the middle of the night, having found his way out of the small opening. The next night we put a big bean bag in front of the hole. At least, now he spent half of the night on the beanbag rather than the floor. Fortunately, this movement did not wake him up.
Finally, we had a carpenter help us cut the spindles of the cot shorter so that we had one high side and one low side. Ronan can still climb out – and often does, but at least he doesn’t roll out this way. After three weeks of waking in the night and going for an explore in his room, he now stays in bed all night. He discovered that we’d taken all the toys away, as we did not want night play to become entertaining.