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29-07-2011, 02:00 PM

Does anyone use the toddler sleep mats for LO's to nap on or what do you all use once a child is too big for a travel cot?



29-07-2011, 04:04 PM
One child sleeps on my bed
2nd child sleeps on spare bed
3rd child sleeps on sofa

All on top of the covers (not actually in the beds) covered with a lightweight, cotbed blanket :-)

29-07-2011, 04:22 PM
The trouble is I have a mindee just turned 2 who won't go in the travel cot anymore but gets so tired and won't give in to it so I was thinking if I got mindee their own sleep mat they might be persuaded to lay down with a blanket and have a sleep. There's no way I could trust mindee upstairs.


blue bear
29-07-2011, 04:25 PM
We have a downstair bed room so children could sleep in bed in there, what about the sofa or maybe a ready bed

29-07-2011, 05:38 PM
Readybed! My dd loves hers!

29-07-2011, 05:44 PM
We use the base of the travel cot.

christine e
29-07-2011, 05:44 PM
On a previous thread about this some minders have said they use the dog mattresses for older children to have a sleep/rest on
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29-07-2011, 11:49 PM
Gosh the price of some of those dog matresses its cheaper to buy a Ready Bed which has a removable cotten cover that you can wash.

I use Ready Beds and I have a sofa bed in my playroom.

30-07-2011, 05:56 AM
Was only wondering about this the other day.
Find a cheap shop like these market shops or pound shops, I paid a fiver for mine and it's huge. Any chance my littlies get they want to sit on it, unfortuantly the dog is not impressed! :blush: I might invest in one now for the Tiddlies.

30-07-2011, 04:38 PM
Thank you some great ideas there :thumbsup:
I have tried her with the sofas but she just won't give in and lay down for longer than 30 seconds. I can't fit a sofa bed in the playroom as it is now and can't afford to buy one anyway. I like the idea of using the base off the travel cot. Might try that with a blanket. Got to keep the other LO's quiet though. Gosh it's hard trying to persuade a 2yr old that they really do need to have a nap. Mindee fell asleep at the dinner table yesterday, bless.


30-07-2011, 11:28 PM
http://www.galt-educational.co.uk/nursery/rest-beds/snuggle-up-sleep-beds/?ev=search I desperately want this :-( no pennies pre reg tho :-( arghhh

31-07-2011, 09:49 AM
I use the base of the travel cot too when mindees get too big for it.
Have you tried putting on a story cd on when it's nap time. Might keep lo happy to lay down to sleep & helps drown the noise of the other children playing.

31-07-2011, 09:55 AM
I also use my travel cot base when mindees outgrow the travel cot. It's so quick and easy to get out and put away, just cover with a sheet and a blanket and seems to work really well.

x Alison

31-07-2011, 10:01 AM
There's no way I could trust mindee upstairs.


My mindees know that if they are upstairs they are being trusted... i have any personal possessions and beauty products up on high shelves/in cupboards and i have a baby monitor in one room (older child who has been with me for several years) and a video baby monitor in the other room so i can always see if little lady, 18 months, gets out of bed etc - she quickly gave that up after realising (and still not working out how i knew!) that i would be in the room within seconds putting her back in bed - you can pick up video monitors quite cheap on ebay these days :) The return to bed technique that supernanny uses can quite easily and successfully be used at nap time as well, especially if the child really does need a nap and you are consistent - good luck with whichever route you decide to head down :) xx

02-08-2011, 07:39 AM
http://www.galt-educational.co.uk/nursery/rest-beds/snuggle-up-sleep-beds/?ev=search I desperately want this :-( no pennies pre reg tho :-( arghhh

They look good

Angel xx