H.W. asks from Glendora, CA on May 23, 2008
D.H. answers from Los Angeles on May 24, 2008
I took down the crib at 18 months of age when each of my 4 children pole volted over the top. They went straight to a toddler bed with a little side rail. I told them they got a big girl or big boy bed now. The same mattress from the crib works on the bed and so does the bedding. My friend bought a new set of sheets and pillowcases and blanket for the new bed for the big girl. Good luck. D.
B.M. answers from Los Angeles on May 24, 2008
We took the rail off the crib and replaced it with a safety rail for a twin bed (strapped to the frame of the crib). They had the comfort and familiarity of the crib, but the openness of a bed, and could safely climb in and out on their own . . .
S.O. answers from San Diego on May 24, 2008
For our son we transitioned him cold turkey from his crib to his twin bed at age 2. We needed the crib for his baby sister who was to arrive a few months later.
By 16 months he was already climbing out of his crib anyways.
For us getting a toddler bed seemed like a waste of money since in a couple of years we would have to buy a twin bed for him anyways.
So we bought him a brand new mattress and box spring. Then to save us a bunch of money I found a really nice, but simple wood bedframe at a thrift store. It cost me $50 plus $5 for some additional screws at Home Depot.
We also bought the First Years Double Sided mesh bed rail from Target. It was pretty easy to set up. We only used it for a few months with my son as he quickly got used to his Big Boy Bed and didn't fall out of bed at all. In fact, after two months of using it, he figured out on his own how to pull it out from under his mattress and one morning we found him sleeping soundly in the middle of his bed with the bed rail in the middle of his bedroom on the floor. So we removed it permanently from that point on. Now we are saving both sides for our DD who will probably get her Big Girl Bed in another year or so.
Initially with my son I think my hubby slept in the new bed with him for a couple of nights. After that we had no problems. We just put up one of those cheap wood gates from Wal Mart on my sons door to keep him from roaming the house if he got up too early. Now it seems that having that wood gate up on his door gives him a sense of security, even though he can totally climb over or remove it himself to go potty or to come and get us in the morning.
Another thing that I did to get my son excited about sleeping in his Big Boy Bed was to take him to Target and Wal Mart so he could pick out his own sheet and comforter set. He picked out a cute dinosaur set that he still loves today. In fact he won't go to sleep unless he has his "Dino blankie". He doesn't care what sheets are on the bed, but he has to have his Dino blankie/comforter.
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M.R. answers from Los Angeles on May 24, 2008
We just transitioned our son to a twin bed 2 nites ago and it was an easy transition! I involved him in the entire process. I took him with me to pick out his bed. I showed him his big boy bedding a week before we set up the bed - construction trucks, which he loves. He slept with his big boy pillow in the crib for a week. When the bed came, he "helped" set it up and take down his crib. He also "helped" me make the bed with his new sheets and bedding. I've never seen him so excited to go to sleep!!
I also told him that he needs to stay in bed until the sun comes up. And that Nite-time is for resting his body so it can be healthy & strong. The first nite he got out of bed about 5 times. Each time we just walked him back to bed. The 5th time I walked him to bed I told him that I will have to put a baby gate outside his door to keep him safe if he gets out of bed one more time. He did not get of bed! The 2nd nite he just went straight to bed with no issues.
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L.C. answers from Los Angeles on May 27, 2008
Talk about the transition first so he is not surprised. Let him know exactly when the change will take place (maybe do a count down). Let him pick out a new blanket and sheets (Sears has really nice sheets and little accessory pillows for kids) - that way he'll be involved and more interested in the change and more likely to accept it.
My son hated his crib so I got him a car bed (at 2 1/2) and thought it would be easy to make the change. But he complained every night that he wanted his crib and kept getting out of bed. I squished crib in the room for a week or so and he went back and forth for awhile - after a few weeks we got rid of the crib. He talked about putting the crib back in his room for another couple of months then finally got used to the bed. So the transition may be a little difficult at first but it eventually works out.
S.M. answers from Los Angeles on May 24, 2008
My son climbed out for over a week, so be ready just in case. You can reward him with a book reading while he is in his bed if he doesn't climb out. Also, I bought him a large, very soft blanket with satin edges, he loves this blanket and it makes his bed cozy. Make sure he is comfortable in his bed. Good Luck!
M.Z. answers from Los Angeles on May 25, 2008
Hey H., I put my toddler in a toddler bed, not a twin, when she was about 2 and a half. We just put her in it, said our nightly prayers and turned on the night light, closed the door and told her good night. It was also a new room for her and her baby brother, so I was a little worried, she had been sleeping in her crib sort of and in our bed in our room for her entire life, so I didn't know how it was going to work out, but she only woke up one time for the first 3 nights, and I reassured her and put her back in her bed and she has been in it ever since. Good luck, hope this helps a bit!
J.S. answers from Los Angeles on May 23, 2008
A toddler a bed may be a better transiton since it is lower to the ground. Our crib converted to Toddler bed-this way it still felt like the same bed. We used a safety rail. The first week she would get out and we found her sleeping on the floor a few mornings (use a gate at door if worried about wondering around the house). We put her in a twin when we needed the crib again at age 2 and it wasn't a big deal for her.
If definitely going straight to twin, get the saftey rail. Take her to the store to pick our her own bedding.
A.C. answers from San Diego on May 24, 2008
If there's any way you can replace a crib rail with a bed rail, where your child can climb in and out by themself - it worked for our son before he was 2.
D.A. answers from Los Angeles on May 24, 2008
I put the crib mattress right on the floor, so she would get used to sleeping without the bars but if she rolled or fell off she didn't go far (about 4inches). After she woke up a few times half way on the mattress and her other half on the carpet she adjusted her sleeping habits on her own because after a week, she never woke up that way again. Then I installed her new bed and mattress and never had an issue.This worked well with both of my children.
Hope this helps