N.S. asks from Carnegie, PA on August 27, 2006
Moving from Crib to Toddler Bed-what's the Plan?
*For those of you that said "don't waste your $$ on the toddler bed", we were given one for free. And we are ready to try and boot her from her crib because we are trying to get pregnant and do not want her to think at the end when we are about to have #2 that Pammy isn't being evicted for #2. I ahve alot to think about and I apreciate your advice so far!
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We have left Pammy in her crib for now. Her crib is in our room and we have spent the weekend painting her room. In 2 weekends we are going to give her the boot from our room and into hers and we thought by leaving her in the crib it might be easier for her. If we are pregnant than we will leave her in the crib for another 4-5 months and than make the transition to the toddler bed.
M. answers from Boston on August 28, 2006
Skip the toddler bed. We went right to a full size so we wouldn't have to buy another bed. She loves it - but...my husband thought it would be helpful for her in the beginning to lay down with her until she became comfortable with it - needless to say at almost 4 - I, not my husband, is still laying with her to get her to go to sleep. this is a kid who went to bed wide awake from the time she was 4 weeks old until we put her in her bed.
I never had concerns about her falling out - we bought the side rails so she can't.
L. answers from Philadelphia on August 28, 2006
Hi N. -
This past Christmas my son,(he was 2 this past March)rec'd a little pop up tent, he wasn't sleeping well in his crib so we decided to pop the tent in his room and move his crib matress into the tent! He loved it (he called it "his house")and slept through the night from that point on. That lasted for about 3 mo. I decided not to go w/ the toddler bed so we decided to use what we had and he now sleeps on a queen size bed w/o the frame or box spring. Just an idea! Good luck!
M.A. answers from Boston on August 27, 2006
I did the exact same thing that you did; I gave my son's crib away when he was 22 months, and I actually laid with him in his bed for a few weeks to show him that is where he sleeps, and he adjusted quickly. Plus, his toddler bed is a car bed, so it has the protection whereas if he rolls over, he won't fall out, etc.
E.N. answers from Hartford on August 28, 2006
I had the same plan for my daughter to move into her "big girl" bed. It took me a while to get over the fears of her falling out of bed, or getting up and wandering the house, or getting hurt in general. Honestly, none of that happened when I moved her.
She loved the fact that she was getting a "big girl" bed. I got a set of those side rails to put under the mattress so she couldn't fall out. You can get them at Kids R Us/ Toys R Us or even Walmart.
It is a step in both of your lives, and it is scary to watch your little one grow, but it will be fine.
T. answers from Allentown on August 28, 2006
We didn't take my son out of his crib until he was 3 1/2 years old. He couldn't and didn't climb out of it until then. He also really like his crib. I filth he was safer in the crib. Once we switched his crib to the day bed, I still had to turn the bed around to fast the wall because he liked the crib so much more. Before we would go to bed we would turn the bad around so he would be able to get out. He did come in our room several times a week. After about 3 weeks of putting him back every time he came in our room he was sleeping in his bed all by him self the whole night. Now that he out grew his toddler bed at 4 years old (Too long) we got him a full size bed. He loves it! We got him Cars bedding and changed everything that was Poo Bear to cars and he feels like a big boy. We still have a gate at the top of our steps going down to the first floor. This is just in case he gets up and tries to go down stairs. He would get himself into a lot of trouble down there with on one watching him.
I hope this helps and good luck.
J.S. answers from Hartford on August 28, 2006
I have succesfully moved two of my three children from cribs to toddler beds and then one to a twin size. There are two aspects and I am not sure which you are looking for advice with so I will give both.
First of all to get her excited try bringing her to help pick out a comforter set or at least a new pillowcase with a favorite character or theme.
Secondly about them falling out of bed. If it is a low to the ground one like my son's we put the coushins from the couch next to the bed for about a week. Then they get used to there not being a side. If it's a little higher off the ground you can get those side rails with the mesh that tuck under the mattress. I used that with my daughter and it saved her from falling quite a few times. But I have taken that down now too. I hope that helps.
E. answers from Providence on August 28, 2006
Why are you moving her to a bed? My oldest son who is 4 moved to a bed at 2 only because jumped out of his crib numerous times. He really wasnt ready but he kept landing on our wood floor and wandering around the house! But my little guy who is 27 months is happy and content in his crib. I hope to keep him in there through the winter until he turns three. When my oldest started sleeping in his toddler bed, I put a gate in the door because he would wake up and wander around! Good luck!
D.S. answers from Buffalo on August 28, 2006
N. do you think your daughter is ready to go to a toddler bed is the ???? Is she trying to climb outta her crib does she dislike being in there now ...I moved both my girls into there toddler beds when my oldest was climbing out a 2 and 1/2 and my youngest i moved out closer to she was 3 she loved her crib then i moved her into the toddler bed then a twin bed ...they do have rails for the toddler beds i think someone else said that you can get if your worried about her falling out and i would gate her bedroom door so she couldnt go exploring cause they love the fact that they can get up and outta there bed when they want then ....If you feel shes ready then move her but if not wont hurt to keep her in her crib a bit longer my two did really good they wouldnt get outta there beds they still waited for me to come in and get them but i heard stories where kids get up and roam the house at all hrs ....let us know how ya make out i wish you luck :)
H.R. answers from Boston on August 28, 2006
It can be a tricky thing. We were really nervous to move our oldest out before his 2nd birthday too.
We toyed with the idea of putting the matress on the floor first and ease him into it. But, decided since his crib transformed into a full bed we went straight to the full size bed and off of the floor. We put a matress on the floor to give hima soft landing if he needed it. Since we moved him in December he has never once fell out of his bed. We put a gate at his door. Everynight we read and cuddle with him for a little. He only got up out of his bed for a few nights...then he settles right in...even naptime went smoothly after a few days.
Our friends did the day bed/toddler bed first. Our friends son is doing great in it and is still there. Our other set of friends girls kept falling out of it and went very quickly to a matress on the floor and then a regular bed.
Good luck and hope this helps....
T.P. answers from Washington DC on August 28, 2006
1st i would like to say, my daughters name is N., 2nd i, too, work in a resturant, and third ... here is what i did... i have a 4yr old. i had her crib next to my bed until she was about 2ish also... i set up her pac- n- play in her room (which was next to mine) and when i did that, she was excited to sleep in there, so we let her sleep in the pac- n play until she out grew it. (or was able to climb out of it i should say.) we have a baby gate in her door way (still)... we tell her, it is to prevent the dog from coming in and bothering her while she is sleeping, but really it is to keep her in there and not wondering at night.. it also serves as a good "time out" statement.. she knows when the gate goes up she is in trouble. beleive it or not she doesnt try and climb over it, she could if she wanted to but she knows her limits. she occassionaly wakes in the middle of the night crying and we let her come in with us ( i want her to feel safe and secure, plus honestly i like cuddling with her too) but for the most part she knows she is a "big girl" and she is to sleep in her own room. (by the way, she sleeps in a big girl bed now)