A.B. asks from Lombard, IL on February 20, 2008
Move to Big Girl Bed?
I am expecting another baby in November, my daughter will be 22 months old.
I can only assume she will be too little/young for a big girl bed.
Any advice will be appreciated!
Q.H. answers from Chicago on April 09, 2008
B.R. answers from Chicago on March 06, 2008
Actually she will be fine in a big girl bed. I have 4 children and my youngest two are 12 months apart. When the new baby came home we had him in the bassinet and her in a playpen but after a month or two we put her into a big girl bed. She did fine and actually she liked the bedding that we had on it it was something special just for her. It's hard because they were the babies and now there is someone else getting all the attention. You could even try a toddler bed but I think that a twin bed is fine just get some bed rails just in case she rolls around.
M.W. answers from Chicago on February 22, 2008
The thought of two cribs isn't great; however, don't move her on until she's ready (climbing out, or asking to go to a big bed). My son was 18 mos when my daughter was born and they shared a room for a short while, until he kept crawling out and coming to us at night - then we knew it was time. My daughter finally left her crib when we moved to a new house. She did not want to give it up till nearly 3 years. New house, new room, new bed.
G.C. answers from Chicago on February 21, 2008
Your little girl can actually move into any size bed. As soon as my daughter started climbing out of her crib, it was time for a new bed. I had a full size bed in her room along with her crib. I had this bed in her room so I could sleep in her room and feed her at night and not wake up my husband. Later my daughter and I picked out fun sheets, pillows and guard rails for the full size bed. She took to it very easliy she was only about 1 yr. 1/2 at the time. Now she is 9, and I have her in a twin which is much harder to get used to since she had so much room prior. She should be fine in a twin. You can also get a toddler bed, but she will also out-grow that very quickly.
Good luck and congrats,
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C.K. answers from Chicago on February 21, 2008
We currently have a 23 month old and moved her to a big girl bed last Sunday. So far no issues. We needed the crib for the new baby which is due at the end of May. We were advised by friends and family to do the switch earlier rather than later so that she does not remember the crib and think the baby stole it from her. We bought the extra long and high bed rails from One Step Ahead and she is sleeping just fine. It did take her about 45 minutes to fall asleep the first night as it was so new, but each night it is taking her a little less. Good luck.
V.R. answers from Chicago on February 20, 2008
Hello. I only have one child hes 3yrs old I have been planning on another child and this is the big question how are we going to do it?We've tried alot of things.But get her a toddler bed and one she can enjoy when she's on it. But what seems to be working is telling him "you have to sleep in your own bed now because your a big boy" also his bed is next to ours.So, it might be difficult for your daughter if she has her own room. But tell her "mommy is a big girl and I don't sleep with grandma." or the same with the daddy.
J.T. answers from Chicago on February 21, 2008
Have you thought about a toddler bed? They use the same size mattress as a crib, are lower to the ground than a twin bed and oftentimes have side bars.
J.W. answers from Chicago on February 21, 2008
Our daughter was 23 months old when our son was born. We planned on using the nursery for him, so when I was about 5 1/2 months pregnant we put a twin mattress right on the floor in our daughter's "new" room, in case of rolling, etc. We started napping her in there but still put her to bed in her crib. We put a baby gate at the door and totally kid proofed the room so if she did get up, she could not wander the house or get hurt. Once she was comfortable and I was around 7 1/2 months along, we tried letting her sleep the night in there - the same way. It actually worked very well. She had enough time to get used to her "NEW" room that by the time the baby came she had no ill feelings toward him being in Her room or Her bed. She was totally ok and handled the transition well. Soon after he was born we did get a very low bed frame and put up a bed rail and she did great with that too. It actually worked so well, we transitioned our son into a twin bed the same way when he was around 18 months old. Obviously, this would not work for everyone and you have to feel like your kids are ready for that type of transition. As a side note - neither of my kids - my oldest especially- had ever been that fond of the crib, so I am sure that made things a little easier!
J.S. answers from Champaign on February 21, 2008
Hi - congratulations! Your daughter might be ready for this. A lot can happen between now and the Fall. We purchased a twin mattress for our son and placed it on the floor (this works as long as your floor doesn't get too cold in winter), and bought all kinds of fun sheets for it. It made the ultimate transition to full "big boy bed" easier later on. My suggestion to you is to make that transition at least a couple months before the baby comes so that your daughter does not view this as a change due to the baby, but more of a change because she is getting bigger. Plus, it buys you some time to find out if this will work out. If your daughter is truly not ready - and she may not be - then you can transition back to crib and store the mattress. Your baby can be in a bassinet for a little while, and maybe your daughter will be ready by then. Good luck!
V.D. answers from Chicago on February 21, 2008
Looks like you already got a huge response, but thought I'd throw my experience out there too. :) My daughters are 22 1/2 months apart. I know it's "recommended" to keep kids in a crib until 3 yrs. old OR until they can climb out (if that's sooner). BUT, I moved my oldest (now 3) to a "big girl bed" (twin bed) at 20 months old. She did wonderful...no problems whatsoever. My youngest is currently 17 1/2 months old...and I plan to move her to a "big girl bed" (twin bed) at 20 months also. I of course moved my 1st because I was due with baby #2 & needed the crib. With my 2nd, I'm moving because my brother/sister-in-law are expecting their 3rd (they will have 3 kids under 3 yrs. old) and need another crib. My daughters share a room (the have since the beginning) and I think that my youngest will have no problems adjusting to a "Big Bed", especially with big sister right there with her.
I think it really depends on the child, as to when they are ready. I got "lucky" with mine and she was ready at 20 months and am hoping the same with my 2nd in the next few months.
Best of luck to you.
M.S. answers from Chicago on February 22, 2008
Our sone was 18 months when he started climbing out of his crib so we changed his crib/toddler bed to the toddler bed and he did great. Then when we found out about us expecting or second we started thinking about what to do with his room if we would use the crib or would we have get antohter one. Well we ended up getting another crib from a friend and we got our son full size mattress he had a convertable bed set we wanted him to keep his original set from birth. He was about 27 months when he got into the full bed. He was find loved his new bed and was so excited we let him pick what color sheets and we also let him show everyone his new big boy bed made it very exciting for him. What we did for the new baby was used our smaller room and just gave her another theme of her own. You will make the right choice follow your daughter she will let you know.