Around the time that the wee babe turned 2 we transitioned her into the teenager’s big girl bed. I had many reservations around this. The main one being: how many times a night is she going to get out of the bed and annoy us.
Here’s what happened.
We set the bed up in her bedroom AND kept the crib up in her room too for a week. Her room is tiny so this left it very cramped.
During that week, I got some books out from the library about kids sleeping in big beds now. We talked about the bed and every night we gave the option for her to sleep in either her crib or the big bed. The first couple of nights she slept in her crib. Then she said she wanted to sleep in the big girl bed! Success! Something we didn’t anticipate was the fact that she would want her stuffies to sleep in the crib and not with her.
In the beginning she didn’t really realize that she could get out of the bed. But that didn’t take long for her to figure out.
There were two bonuses to having this bed.
- You could get in the bed with her and read her a story. And fall asleep for a bit with her. (Also a downfall. More on this later.)
- She can get out in the morning and come to your room to snuggle. (You don’t have to get out of your bed to get a crying baby).
Of course the obvious happens: she gets out of bed in the middle of the night. Not very night, but some nights. And sometimes multiple times stating “I told”. Translation: “I’m cold”. We just take her back to her room and climb back in bed with her until she falls asleep.
Some tips that we’ve had to learn the hard way:
- Don’t fall asleep with her and stay with her until she falls asleep. We’re now stuck in this trap and if we were to leave before she’s asleep it would be a war of her not staying in bed for probably 2 hours until she’s so exhausted she’ll fall asleep. We’ll have to do this soon, but I’m going to put aside a weekend or so to get ‘er done..
- Don’t make the room pitch black. Then when they wake up in the middle of the night and cant see anything, they scream bloody murder until you come and get them.
- Our bed has sides so you might want to invest in sides for a bed. Ours cruises around the bed all night long sometimes fully inverted.
After 6 months almost, we have no qualms about our transition to the big girl bed.
As for when the right time to do this is? The perfect time for your child and you to be ready.
You’ll know when that is
Have you transitioned your child to a big kid bed? What was your experience? If not, what are your concerns? Do you have any other tips?