My daughter is 2 1/2 and we’ve got another little girl arriving in 16
days (not that I’m counting or anything). The girls will share a room, and I was wondering what suggestions you have about moving a toddler from a crib to a bed. We haven’t done it yet, as potty training took all the concentration we could muster.
Here are my concerns about the bed: safety (I panic at the thought of my little girl being able to roam the house at night. What if I can’t hear her?) and the transition of the new baby coming.
Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated!
Well Ryann, first off congratulations! And you might have already had that baby since I am rather slow in answering my mailbag lately.
My first question would be, Why do you want to move your 2.5 yr old over? Is she climbing out of the crib? Or do you just want the crib free for the baby?
I like to keep my children in cribs for as long as possible. I have found that it just feels more confining to them and they are not as apt to get out.
Once they are able to climb out I typically lower on side of the crib so that it is more like a bed rail than anything. And, I know it sounds counter intuitive, I teach them how to climb out safely.
With so many changes happening in her life right now…potty training, a new baby etc I think I would keep the comfort of the crib for awhile longer. If it is at all possible.
When you buy the big bed make sure to get a side rail, or bed guard,whatever the technical name for those things are. Those will prevent your child from falling out of bed in the middle of the night. Though I have one child who is far too old to still be falling out of bed, yet he does with an alarming frequency. But, he never wakes up. Sometimes we hear a huge bang and go running in only to find him sound asleep on the floor. Other times we don’t hear a thing but see him asleep on the floor in the morning.
All of my children have gone through a period of “testing” the new big bed. Usually this is a couple of weeks after the initial bed set up, after you have been lulled into believing the adjustment period is over, when it suddenly occurs to them, “Hey, I can get up out of this bed whenever I want!” And then they do. I have found that dealing with this by being firm and putting them back in their bed with no fanfare stops it.
With the new freedom that a bed offers, you will need to re-childproof the bedroom. Most of us think that our children’s rooms are childproof, but now you need to look at them from an unsupervised child point of view. This age has always seemed like the most dangerous to me. They are able to do so much, yet lack any real cause and effect thinking.
Are dressers and bookcases that are large secured to the walls in the event that your child decides to scale them? Are the cords to lamps tucked behind the furniture to prevent them being pulled down on top of the child? Outlets covered up? Lamps high enough so that little hands can’t reach the lightbulbs? A friend of mine just had her child burn herself on a warm mist vaporizer that was in her bedroom.
After you do all that, you may want to put a baby gate up again across their bedroom door. At least until you know if they are going to be the sort of child who wanders in the middle of the night. All of mine prefer to come harass me in the wee hours of the night rather than go anywhere else in the house.
And when you put your child in the big kid bed for the first time prepare to have your heart break a little looking at them so small in the great big bed.