IF YOU ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF RAISING CHILDREN, BE AWARE. THE TINY FINGERPRINTS THAT SHOW UP ON ALMOST EVERY NEWLY CLEANED SURFACE, THE TOYS SCATTERED AROUND THE HOUSE, THE PILES AND PILES OF LAUNDRY LYING AROUND TO BE TACKLED, WILL DISAPPEAR ALL TOO SOON. AND, YOU WILL, TO YOUR SURPRISE, MISS THEM PROFOUNDLY. THOMAS S. MONSON

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Crib to Big Girl Bed?


Just some help from the moms I know... How and when do you transition from a crib to a toddler bed? I am not worried about her falling out of bed, but I worry about her getting out of bed. I have heard to keep her in as long as possible. Maybe I should just wait till I need to use the crib for another baby? Just leave any advice you have. I would really appreciate it!

4 comments:

NatalieHemingway said...

A lot of people say that it's time to move into the bed when they're climbing out of the crib, otherwise leave them in "jail" as long as possible. I found that I got tired of having to get them out of the crib in the morning and putting them in a bed gave them the freedom to get up on their own, turn the TV on and leave me the heck alone to lie in bed a little longer. Whatever you do,leave the crib up. There WILL be times when you'll need to throw her back in it. Especially at nap time when she's too distracted by toys to sleep. For us, we put the kids in big kid beds at around 18 months. Good luck!

The Prices said...

I agree with Nat that it may be a good idea to leave the crib up for a little while during the transition. Trey moved to a bed just before he was two and he was not very good, we ended up putting a child lock on the inside so he couldn't get out and he eventually got used to it. Brooklyn was a dream, we switched her at 20 months and didn't leave the crib up and we never had a problem. So, I guess ask yourself is Nora a "Treygan" or a "Brooklyn?" Good luck!

Forward With Fun and Faith said...

We are asking ourselves the same question especially with the house move and new baby soon to come afterwards. I found this website that seemed to give some good tips. http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/sleep/crib2bed.html
We are going to completely eliminate the crib and furniture when we move. We will set up another pack and play and just put is big boy bed mattress on the floor and start transitioning having both options available. Let us know if you get any other good info! =0)

Caldiero Family said...

It is a hard question, and you are a great mom, so I have no doubt you will do a great job with the switch whenever you do it. Natasha had climbed/fell out and knocked the wind out of herself around 22 months, so I figured I better do the switch. In my grand decorating scheme, this meant that I got to switch the theme of her room when I got new bedding (we never did the toddler bed thing, went strait on to the twin bed she is still in). We went through tons of catalogs until I found the bedding we liked, and then we showed it to her often, so when she saw the bed all set up (they say to not let the child see the crib coming down - they might freak out), she was thrilled and said, "My bed!". We also had to put an inside door lock on because she would come out constantly during nap and bed time. Eventually she would give up and fall asleep in front of the closed door and we would have to gently push her out of the way and scoop her into her new bed - which had rails of course. Cassie is a GREAT sleeper, and has never even thought of getting out of her crib, so although she is 3 months past her 2 year mark, I still haven't made the switch, and her doctor said that there is no reason that I have to. Although some days, the call of the darling bedding that I have already purchased for her is pretty loud, and I am temped, but, fears of loosing our nearly 3 hour afternoon nap keeps me in check pretty quick.