We Ditched the Crib

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I fully expected to wait until Charlotte’s third birthday to make the switch. I wanted to keep her in the crib as long as possible. But in the last few months, it became clear to me we’d need to switch sooner.

Charlotte’s nursery in our old house

Bedtime became stressful. Charlotte would not stay in our laps in the rocking chair through a whole bedtime story, she made a break for it down the hallway, and pretended to fall asleep on the floor. It was a very long process. I began to wish I could just do a bedtime story and singing IN her bed, but I wasn’t going to try to climb into the crib.

Then Charlotte began to throw her pillow out of the crib, want it back, and throw it out again. She’d reach as far as she could between the slats in her crib. This is when I knew we needed to make the switch now. I spent a few hours browsing to pick out a bed, box spring, mattress, and bedding so we could get everything ASAP.

WHAT WE GOT

I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted an upholstered bed. It seems a little risky, but I decided to go for it. Fingers crossed no rogue Sharpies find their way into Charlotte’s room at night! I also got a full size so we have more room to climb in to read and snuggle.

After reading reviews on the bed, we decided to go with a 6 inch mattress and a 7.5 inch box spring. We wanted to make sure she wouldn’t be too high off the ground if she fell or decided to slide off.

To keep falling incidents from happening, I added two hiccapop bumpers under the fitted sheet. It keeps the bed looking nice, still allows me to climb in easily, and there’s nothing to trip over (like the guard rails that fold down). If your child’s bed is up against a wall, you would only need one bumper.

TIPS

Keep as much the same as possible. I plan on changing more in Charlotte’s room later, but I wanted her to get used to being in a bed first. It’s a really big change! I also left her small blanket in the big girl bed. Sometimes she tosses the big covers off and covers herself with it.

Turn the doorknob around and lock it. I know, it feels really mean to lock your kid in their room! But we should keep the doors closed, so a baby gate isn’t a good option. Firefighters say keeping your bedroom door closed can save your life if there’s a fire. They also say we should keep our kids’ doors locked so firefighters know exactly where to find children, whereas if children can roam, they may hide anywhere in your house if they’re scared. So, this is a safety issue. But it will also prevent your toddler from waking you up at 4:00 am to tell you today is Tuesday, or raiding the pantry while you’re sleeping, or getting into who-knows-what.

Explain what’s happening to your child. Our little ones pick up on more than we realize. Give them a heads up! Let them get excited. Big Kid Bed is a great book to read before and during this transition. Once you tuck your little one in, tell them to stay in bed and assure them you’ll come to get them in the morning.

Have you made the transition from crib to big kid bed? How did it go?

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