Right before going on vacation we decided that we were going to take the plunge and transition Nathan from his crib to a toddler bed.
We both thought it was way too soon, but with the arrival of baby #2 we knew we would have no choice. We wanted to have the crib ready for the baby and we had high hopes of Nathan being in his big boy bed by the time his brother was born.
Rather than making a big commitment to a toddler bed right away, we decided to do the transition by taking the side off of his crib.
We picked the big day - took the side off and let Nathan explore his new bed all afternoon. He loved climbing in and out. Putting all of his stuffed animals on the bed and then taking them all off again. We were excited and thought this toddler bed transition was going to be a piece of cake!
Then nighttime came, we laid Nathan down in his bed sang a goodnight song and read him a book. His little eyes were small and sleepy and we snuck out of his room. No sooner had we crossed into the hallway when we hear the door squeak open and a sleepy eyed toddler making his way out to the living room again. We must have put him back to bed at least 10 times that night. We decided to finally just spend the night in his room until he was really asleep. Later that evening as we sat on the couch talking about the night we heard it "THUMP" - Nathan had fallen out of bed.
Very little sleep was had that night and the nights that followed. We were wondering whether or not he was really too young for the toddler bed.
Then something miraculous started happening - he started staying in his room. At first he would sleep on the floor, others in his chair, but not running out of his room every 2 minutes.
Then little by little, he started sleeping in his bed. And before we knew, he would voluntarily go to bed at night and sleep in his little bed.
Could it be that in only 2 months my son had mastered the big boy bed?
Life is so much easier now for all of us. He goes to bed voluntarily at 8 PM and he wakes up and comes out of his room on his own. No crying or whining for "mama" or "daddy". Just a sleepy-eyed toddler with bed head who makes his way over to hug and kiss us in the morning.
Even when we were about to crack those first couple of weeks - we stuck it through. And now we are ready to go and purchase Nathan's very own big boy bed! A bittersweet milestone for me as I realize that the baby that was once too small for his crib is now ready for a bigger bed.