Ditching the Crib and Transitioning to the Big Kid Bed
I loved our crib. Our babies loved the crib. And when they became toddlers and preschoolers, they still loved the crib. How do I know? Well both my son and my daughter happily stayed in their crib until they were over 3 1/2, with no complaints. My son had been hopping in and out of the crib at will for the last six months at least – with no problem. But then Pottery Barn had a furniture sale, and the mattress store had a mattress sale, and everyone seemed to be having a bedding sale, and it seemed it was time for us all to move on from the lovely, cozy, reliable, pretty little crib.
So we bought a full bed where we can snuggle comfortably together while we read bedtime books, and we chose some turtle sheets and a Lightning McQueen blanket, and one day after I went to work my husband put it altogether…and that was it. The last vestige of infancy was behind us, in pieces, relegated to an unused corner of the playroom while we decided whether to send it to the curb or keep it for one of our grown and married nieces or nephews despite the fact that, with it’s drop-side rail, it no longer meets federal safety standards established by the CPSC.
But enough about my emotional voyage. How did the kids react, you might ask? My son squealed with excitement on the first night he saw his bed. He was thrilled with the turtles and the Lightning McQueen blanket. He was unabashedly excited about his new bed, but still, he wondered, “where did the crib go?” He helpfully and cheerfully showed us that the crib could still fit in the room, even with his new bed. It appears he and I were on the same voyage, but we all move on, and while it took some extra tossing and turning, he slept just fine in his new big kid bed. This chapter was closed. Or so we thought.
You see, the next day, my son came home from school, went to his room, squealed again, and exclaimed of his new big boy bed “It’s still here!” He was still excited and thrilled, but clearly hadn’t processed that this was a permanent new normal. And then my daughter, my sweet, sweet daughter, asked my husband what would become of the crib, and when he told her we’d probably just have to get rid of it, she asked, “What if Benjamin or I want it when we have babies?” And that one question sealed the deal. That crib that served us so well, that cradled our precious newborns and comforted our babies when they lay their heads down to sleep for a collective 7 1/2 years, is now wrapped in protective blankets and commands a nice little corner of our attic and our family’s heart.
- Bright Horizons Online Community: Big Kid Bed Recommendations
- Bright Horizons Online Community: Toddler Transitioning from Crib to Bed
- Read more posts about transitions and posts about sleep from the Family Room bloggers