M.W. asks from Hopewell Junction, NY on July 29, 2008
Transitioning from a Crib to a Bed - When??
Hi all! I have a 25 mo old daughter. She sleeps in her crib for naps and at night. She rarely cries at night (knock on wood) and sleeps all the way through...once she gets to sleep! We are considering transitioning her into a big girl bed, but realize there's no real push either. She falls asleep almost immediately for her naps - maybe within 5 minutes - BUT - at night - I lay her down and she plays for up to 45 minutes - not sits and plays - throws herself from one side of the crib to the other. Stomps at the wall- throws her stuffed animals around - talks to them - to nothing - about us - on and on and on - she's not upset in any way - just a lunatic up there! (So funny actually that I have considered videotaping her video monitor b/c of the things she says and does when she's alone!!)
For those who wonder - it does not matter what time she lays down initially. Normal is 7:45pm or so - but even if it's a half hour, hour later - she'll generally be awake up for the full 45 minutes. Her naps are normally 1.5 hours (and usually up by 2-2:15 pm) - but again - she sometimes takes 3 hour naps now and she'll still fall asleep with almost the same routine. She will also play in her crib upwards of 30 minutes or so in the morning too before she's asking to get up.
So - my longwinded question is - should we just wait since she just turned 2 and when is it getting to be "time" to get her out of her crib. She's certainly not opposed to being in her crib by any means at this point.
So What Happened?™
After all those responses - we decided to go ahead with the toddler bed anyway...Just Kidding!!! LOL! After those responses she's staying in there until she's 10!! Nevermind the fact that we need to change her doorknob also since we just found out she can lock herself in her room! Funny game, her in there and us outside while she's closing the door until...."click"! Luckily it unlocks easily - but still!!! So, needless to say - she's staying in a crib until she's climbing out herself and I'm not thinking about it anymore! She's happy - we're happy! She is up there and just now laying down sucking on her blanket (ewww) to fall asleep - 8:38! Thanks for all your responses and for making me chuckle at your little ones too! They really are too funny!
A.D. answers from New York on August 01, 2008
Hi M., I agree there is no rush to put her into a bed. She does sound like a lot of fun! Enjoy, Grandma Mary
M.K. answers from Syracuse on July 31, 2008
Keep the crib for as long as possible. I just put my 33 month old in a big girl bed about 2 weeks ago, because she really wanted one(after seeing friends rooms and a tv show where teh luttle girl got a new big girl bed). The transition was very easy for her but I think that is because she expressed teh interest, not me. Don't push it or worry about it all at until you NEED to.
K.M. answers from Syracuse on July 30, 2008
As long as she's happy, and not climbing out, I would leave her in the crib. Get her a big girl bed when you are ready to night time potty train. Don't do both at once though. Get her the bed, let her adjust to it, then potty train at night.
A.K. answers from New York on July 30, 2008
I'm interested in reading the responses to this. My daughter just turned 2 a few week ago. She too is still in her crib and doesn't seem to show any signs of wanting out, ALTHOUGH the other day I put her in for a nap and she actually tried lifting her leg over the rail...but just that one time.
I don't think there is any "real" age you need to transition her, just when you feel it's right. By all means, if it becoms a dangerous situatin, I.E. she is trying or is climbing out then sure it's time to make the transition. Otherwise keep her safe, and for lack of a better word "contained" as long as you can.
By the way we should both video tape what these kids are dong once in their crib at night and then compare tapes! Most nights my little one will just roll right over and pass out but some times she too is in their kicking the wall, talking to no-one, and just having a grand ol' time! It really is quite comical!
L.C. answers from New York on July 31, 2008
Girl, keep her in the crib as long as she is happy, our youngest was out at 15 months, I am so jealous:)
A.F. answers from New York on July 30, 2008
i would keep her where she is, if she is not complaining. once they are out of the crib, then they can "let" themselves explore their bedroom, which is fine, but they won't sleep!
K.B. answers from New York on July 30, 2008
At 23 mos, our daughter was out of the crib and in a toddler bed. The reason: she was a monkey and could climb in and out of the crib with the rails up or down. Once she started climbing in and out on her own, we moved her to a toddler bed, which she really loves.
I got her Dora the Explorer sheets and a few days before we did the switch we kept talking about a "big girl bed". Then we took apart her crib and didn't let her see the new bed until it was all done up with sheets, stuffed animals, etc. When she saw it she yelled, "MY BIG GIRL BED!!!!! DORA!!!!" She was so excited and we have not had a problem with her not sleeping in it. She may play in her room for a bit when she should be napping, but eventually she lays down on her own and goes to bed. I do close her door completely for nap time and enforce not coming out of her room until after she has slept. At night, we leave her door cracked.
So, until your daughter is climbing in and out, don't worry about moving her. :-)
M.K. answers from New York on July 30, 2008
If your child is happy in her crib,then keep her there! My son stayed in his crib until he was a little over 3. My daughter is now 28 months and still in crib. Alot of times when you take them out of their crib their namps will end.
T.B. answers from New York on July 30, 2008
My own personal opinion is to leave her there as long as you can. My 4 year old when into a bed at 27 months because I had my second. My little girl is 25 months and still in the crib. I plan on letting "Santa" bring her a big girl bed - I want to be sure that she won't be up and down and in and out of bed - I don't go for that at bedtime. My 4 year old is very good about staying in bed and I have my fingers crossed that the 2 year old will be good once we get her in a bed. Anyway - whatever you decide - GOOD LUCK to you and have a great week!
L.D. answers from New York on July 30, 2008
I'd say...keep your daughter in her crib for as long as she wants to stay in there safely. My 4th child will be 3 in November and loves his crib for naps and bedtime. We have a full-sized bed in his room ready for him to sleep in, but he prefers his crib, which I love! Once they get into a big bed, they can easily get out and roam the house at night. So as long as your daughter isn't trying to climb out of her crib and she seems happy there, I'd wait a while before transitioning her to a big bed. Good luck!
P.K. answers from New York on July 30, 2008
OMG I would not move her. She is still young. According
to what you say, she has a blast in her crib at night.
Put her in a bed and your life will never be the same LOL.
In the crib she is confined and happy. The bed will give
her freedom to roam her room!!!!! If it ain't broke, don't