Luke is 2.5 and has been still enjoying sleeping in his crib. (What’s with the controversy over this by the way? I don’t get it??) He’s always LOVED his bed and we’ve always LOVED the fact that he can’t get out of it. (I had a battle of the wills when he was 18 months old and threw himself out of his bed in a tantrum against nap time and once he figured out I was more stubborn that he was he hasn’t dared to go there again.)
Our plan had always been to get pregnant once he turned 2 and that we would have 9 months to create a “big boy” room for him. We even decorated the “nursery” in gender neutral colors so we could keep cycling babies through the room with minimal efforts.
So I after talking with a good friend she helped me to realize that I had been holding back from moving Luke over to a toddler bed because…deep breath….I didn’t have anything to fill it with. I cried as she put into words how I had been feeling but not fully realizing. It was one of those moments that hits you coldly with clarity and takes your breath away. I didn’t realize just how much I had been putting it off because let’s face it – it’s easy to be thrown when “plans” don’t go they way you expect.
I wasn’t brave enough to completely move him out of that room (the thought of walking by an empty “nursery” would be too much to endure!) but we did put his toddler rail on and I’m so glad that I won the
discussion argument with Julian and we bought the toddler rail when we bought the crib. He didn’t think we actually use it (remember, cycling babies through the crib, right?) and I was worried that when we wanted to buy it we’d have a hard time tracking it down since crib sets can easily be discontinued at any time. Luke was absolutely thrilled with the change to his bed and has transitioned really well.
I remember walking out of his room for the first time picturing him climbing out the window with his make shift crib sheet ladder and instead he went straight to sleep without a peep and waited until he saw his goodnite light turn to the sun before calling for us to get out of bed. Naps haven’t been any different (thankfully!) and while I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he gets to be brave with his new sleeping arrangements I’ve been pleasantly surprised with just how well he’s done with the transition – boy do these kids surprise us, eh?
Anyone else have any good stories of changing their kids to a toddler bed?! Is it always this easy and did I just work myself up too much about it? Thoughts?