Yes we did it. We took the side off the cot.
Because I'm too young to die repeatedly from a heart attack. So of course we put a "safety bar" on the side.
And what amazed us both, was after a little bit of to-ing and fro-ing, and then leaving him to it (with a baby gate at the top of the stairs), and one small whine where he dropped his paci's down the stairs, around 7:45pm (usually when he finally falls asleep) we found this.
He had taken his favourite books off the shelf to read, and played with an empty Disney box. Then gone to sleep. Last night (Night #2) he went off without even fussing at the gate.
And now, he's just gone down for his day nap. No fuss.
If there is a God? I thank you now. Because two days of Big Kiddo going to bed in a cot bed without fuss is worth A BILLION (well, maybe two or three) days worth of sleepless nights.
Damn I'm a proud mum.