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Our ds is 18 months old and is starting to have a violent aversion to his crib at night. He will go to sleep in it at nap time and bed time but once he has woken hates returning.<br><br>
We have always co slept for part of the night and are happy with him coming in with us in the early hours but my dp particularlly can't cope with him in with us all night. It doesn't seem to suit my ds either who often spends a lot of the night tossing and turning. A king size would not fit in our bedroom so we are limited on options there.<br><br>
I am wondering whether a single mattress on the floor would suit him better? He happily gets in and out of our bed, it is more the rolling off in the night that concerns me. I just think if he had a bed that he could freely get in and out of he might feel less panicky when he wakes. It would also give us the option of snuggling in with him then returning to our own bed. Snuggling seems to be the only thing that works at the moment but obvioulsy a crib doesn't let you do that!<br><br>
I would really appreciate any suggestions as my dp (and ds) is really suffering through sleep deprivation and I don't know if I have the will for 'sleep training'. We have a great routine that we stick to, he gets regular naps and sleeps well (on a floor mat) at his daycare. Would love to hear your suggestions/ideas/stories.<br><br>
Thanks mamasx
 

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I put dd into a low futon at 8 months, so I think a mattress on the floor would be fine for an 18 month old. But just to let you know, at age 2, dd still will wake up and cry in her bed for us to come and get her (we also partially co-sleep.) Occasionally she has just come to our bed, but that was awhile ago.
 

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I put my mattress on the floor early on so if DS rolled out of bed it wouldn't be a big deal. Now, 18 months, he has his own crib mattress on the floor. (I would have gotten a twin, but there's not enough room.)<br><br>
He does roll around a lot, but very rarely rolls off, and even if he does, it's not so traumatic- happens less often than waking up crying anyhow.<br><br>
Reading Elizabeth Pantley's "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" may also give you some more tips, but I think the mattress on the floor is a great idea- really helped with us.
 

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Bed on the floor is a MUCH better option. That's all we've ever done. When really little I sleep on the mattress with them. Actually DD has started sleeping a little better so she stays on the mattress untill she gets up and I roll downward when she gets up. She sleeps next to me about half the night, and sleeps pretty darn good for the first few hours on the mattress.
 

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All three of mine moved to a twin mattress on the floor between 14-16 months.
 

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My 18mo DD is also on her crib mattress on the floor, and has been for about 4 months. It's only been the last few weeks that she's gotten up on her own and come into our room when she wakes up at night (before that she would just sit up in bed and cry until DH went and got her).<br><br>
It's worked well for us.
 

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18mo is NOT too young for a mattress on the floor.<br><br>
I know some very "mainstream" friends who never ever co-slept who switched their babies from a crib to a twin mattress on the floor around 18mo.
 

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Thanks mamas! Just wanted to make sure it wasn't a totallly wacky idea! I think it will help my ds and me, even if it just makes it easier to have snuggles. I don't mind going to get him it is just that being in the crib seems to send him into a panic. Last night he banged his head against the crib side, it is awful. I just want to minimise the stress on all of us as much as poss. I just had this feeling that being more involved in getting into bed, making it a process rather than feeling controlled by us, might help him.<br><br>
Glad to know it can work! Thanks mamas.x
 

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We all sleep on matress' on the floor the kids sometimes fall off and don't even wake up! There was a funny phase where ds would fall off and then I guess sort of roll around untill he felt something bed like and then settle, we would often wake up to find him asleep in the laundry pile.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My DD is 11 months and she has been napping on a twin mattress on the floor for the past 3 weeks. Eventually we plan on having her sleep there at night (instead of in bed with us).
 

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Both my girls co-sleep part of the time and on mattresses on the floor the rest of the time, starting right around a year. No issues here, they actually love it because they can play on them so easily too. The best part is that when they get older you can always get a frame for it, no $ lost.
 

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DD#1 was about 13 or 14 months when we let her sleep part of the night in the mattress on the floor. We jammed it between our bed and the wall, so she couldn't roll off either side.
 
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