Toddler Bed Experiment

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.


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18 comments:

Mark said...

Congratulations to your baby(I mean, big boy) on his success. Seriously, he is doing pretty well considering he's still so young. You must be doing something right!
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Michelle said...

We transitioned Lane about a month or so ago, at 18-19ish months. I wanted to scream for a few days but eventually she got it, and now we have our pack 'n play for baby #2. And she loves her big girl bed (we have a partial rail on the side to keep her from rolling out...she's a roller for sure!) Glad your transition went well!

Shell said...

Oh, that pic is so darling!

Yay for the big boy bed!

Natalie said...

Awww so glad he transitioned well. They grow so fast!

Louisette said...

Lovely baby, wonderfull bedroom , cute!best regard from Belgium, have a nice day

Missy said...

We transitioned like that too by taking the rail off. Everyone's happier. Glad it's worked out pretty quickly!

Jessica said...

Awww, what a big boy. So glad it worked out but I know the transition is bittersweet.

Jen said...

Ah yes, I remember those days well. We always needed the crib for more babies (my kids are 18 and 16 months apart, and then the bigger gap with the baby). I was always so nervous at first, but it sounds like he's doing great!! And who wouldn't with how it's decorated!! Good job, mama!

Adrienne said...

Big boy's ready for his bed!!! Congrats. It'll definately help when the baby's born to have him just that much more self sufficient!

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

What a blessing that he's sleeping so well! I'll bet he will love his new big boy bed. And that picture is so cute! :)

Amanda said...

This gives me hope. (Though, truthfully, we're planning to keep Lilah in her crib for as. long. as. humanly. possible.)

Kiddothings said...

Perseverance pays! That's great to know he's moved on to his own bed and room. What a leap in milestone indeed. You'd have an easier time with baby #2 definitely.

Katharine said...

Good job...for both of you :) That picture of him is so cute, he was so little

Shellsea said...

Wow, so bittersweet to read this post! How awesome that he just started going to sleep by himself. I'm not ready for Little C to get to that point.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Success, well done for preserving, I seem to recall our eldest daughter went into a real bed at at about that age, but it does take patience. It will make it so much easier for you when the new baby arrives.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We kept the crib up for a few months after JDaniel moved to a big bed. It was so sad to take it down.

Christine Siracusa said...

That's so great. Well done! My son's transition was hellish. But on a recent vacation my daughter slept in a bed for the first time and was totally fine.

Also I think you're very smart to get that transition under your belt before the baby comes.

Leslie said...

Congrats on a great transition! This gives me hope, as I've been thinking about when to transition my 2 year old!

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