My eldest daughter Mabel has turned three. And with the big 3 in our sights we knew that would be when we made the transition from crib to bed . I’d been feeling some low-grade anxiety about making this change for some time. And with the comments and pressure of others saying ”I can’t believe she’s still in her crib,” well I pushed all that aside because no ones knows the kind of sleeper we have and why the crib has been so important for us.
I consulted with a sleep specialist Jennifer Waldburger, co-owner of Sleepy Planet . She’s helped me gently and successfully with Mabel and our sleep issues for the past year and a half. She gave me some tips to making this transition a successful and exciting event rather than a stressful one. Here are a few:
I was on pins and needles to see how the rest of the night would unfold...
Get a simple twin bed and box spring. No bed frame, toddler, or princess bed. And don’t refer to it as a “big girl bed.” We just called it Mabel’s new bed.
Magic Bumper’s keep her not just safe but with a new larger mattress/space to get used to, it brings the boundaries in. Something that she has grown accustom to since being in a crib for so long.
Two bed rails . One for the head (like a headboard) and the other for the side. Unless you can (preferably) push the bed into a corner then you would just need one rail for the side. Mabel’s room didn’t allow for that.
A high safety gate in front of her bedroom door. To me this was so important to make this process successful. The thought of Mabel being able to roam around the house freely at night sent chills up my spine. And she would never sleep in her own bed if she knew she could just simply leave her room at any point of the night.
The first night was a lot of back and forth till about 8:30pm. She’s normally in bed asleep by 7:30pm. So not bad, but I was on pins and needles to see how the rest of the night would unfold. She was struggling with the idea of this new sense of freedom and just that something new was taking place in her life. So we stayed around for lots of extra kisses and cuddles in her new bed. We are now almost a week in and I can happily say its been an easy and pretty painless transition.
I’m happy I waited and didn’t cave into the pressure of others telling me to move her to a bed. I don’t think this process would have been so painless if I would have done it sooner. We sure do know what’s best for our children and their needs. So remember to never second guess that 🙂
How did your experience go with transitioning your child from a crib to a bed?
From my home to yours,