I had to admit, we did not make the switch because we HAD to. I decided it was time. I have read the blogs, articles and magazines and heard horror stories from friends and family about the troubles switching from a crib to a toddler bed. I was afraid of making such a sudden change when it really wasn’t prompted by a crib-climbing toddler…but I was also ready. My daughter is nearly 2.5 years old, which to me is good time to start the transition. This will be pretty short and sweet, but if you have a child with a demeanor anything like mine, maybe my experience will help.
I had been tossing the idea around since she turned two. It was like everyone I knew had already switched their child, at or before that age. Of course, this caused unintentional pressure on me, feeling like I was maybe baby-ing my daughter too much. I tossed that idea aside quickly and realized that I was just lucky enough to have a toddler that just laid in bed when she woke up, and rarely even stood up until I came in after hearing her babble on the monitor.
Here is my story:
First and foremost, I wanted to give her all new bedding and decor so that the transition was exciting for her. She is in love with the movie “Frozen” as most little girls are, so that was my plan. I had to wait until I was financially ready to buy everything I wanted, so that played a role as to when I switched her too. My suggestion is to start buying the items before you are ready and storing them until the big reveal, which is opposite of what I did, but whatever works for you!
Next, I picked a day. Of course, we were beginning the remodel of her closet which turned into remodeling her entire room, but she’s a laid back child and it didn’t hinder this experience. I literally said “OK, we are switching her tonight”. I pulled up pictures of “big girl beds” online and showed them to her. I asked her if she wanted one, and she was very excited and kept saying “Thats for me!!”.
Luckily I kept the safety rail and the extra screws to put it on. We all went upstairs and altered her bed within a matter of minutes! She was one happy girl. She kept saying “Its my big girl bed!”. I was SO happy that she was excited, because I still had not ordered the new bedding and decor, but luckily I had a back up bedding we had not used yet. That was exciting enough for her!
When it was time for bed, we did all of our normal rituals and once she was all snuggled into her new bed I told her the rule. “Do not get out of bed until mommy or daddy comes in here to get you”. She replied with “Ok mommy”, so I asked her if she remembered what I said and to my surprise “no get out of bed” was her answer! Seriously, I have the most awesome 2 year old ever! This rule of course, is until she is ready to potty train over night and is big enough, in my opinion, to be allowed to get up alone and leave her room. (She is upstairs and we are downstairs)
Within the first 15 minutes, she fell out of the bed! I went running up stairs at the sound of the thump and the beginning of a scream. As I turned the light on, I saw her laying on the floor on her back, crying. She jumped up and hurried back into the bed. I almost think that she was more concerned that she was out of her bed, rather than the fact that she fell out because I had told her not to get out of her bed. I went over and told her it was ok and that if she fell again, she could just get up and get back into bed. Around 2am it happened again, the exact same way. Again, consoled her and told her it was just an accident and she would be ok.
The following morning we heard her starting to wake up over the monitor. I made my way upstairs to find her laying awake, and still in her bed. She asked if she could get out and when I said yes, she came running to me and telling me she slept in her big girl bed. I think we had it VERY easy!
Since then, she has not fallen out again and she has not left her bed without permission. We heard her a few times wake up from a nap and hollered up to her and she came out of her room. Honestly, best kid ever!
Here is how her room turned out!
After a few days of us finishing her room remodel, I was able to get all the new decor in and redecorate her room. She has since wanted to tell everyone, even strangers, that she has a new bed, new floors and a new closet. I am SO happy and relieved that our big switch was a big success!
What tips would you have to parents trying to switch to a big kid bed when they are not pleasers like mine??
Until Next Time,
The Not-So-Single Mom
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