Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Toddler Bed Transition

It was time to do it.  It had been for a while actually, but I kept putting it off.  Claire's bed time routine was so easy and perfect that I hated to do anything that might have messed it up.  We would have dinner, a bath, a little football to wind down...and then we would head down stairs.  A book or two, a kiss and we'd lay Claire in her crib, say goodnight and walk out the door.

Easy.  No tears, no drama.

There was a possibility we might be moving (we aren't now), and once that excuse was gone, I no longer had a reason *not* to put Claire in her toddler bed.

We were home this weekend, and it seemed like as good a time as any to give this toddler bed thing a try.  Claire fell asleep for her nap, and we laid her in the bed to sleep.  No problems, but she didn't actually fall asleep in the bed.

Saturday night was her first night in the bed.  I decided that if we had an awful night of sleep at least we didn't have anything that had to happen on Sunday.  We ran through our normal routine, except we sat in Claire's new room for her book.  Darren laid her in bed, covered her up, kissed her, walked out of the room....

....and nothing.

No crying or fussing.  No getting up.  She fell asleep without even moving.

I kind of thought it was a fluke.  It couldn't really be this easy, could it?

The next two nights I took her to bed, and once again, no problems.  I had to flop her around once so that she wasn't hanging of the bed before I went to sleep, but that was it.

Last night was a little rougher.  Not the getting to sleep, but the middle of the night.  She woke up fussing, and I let her work it out a bit before I went down stairs.  I sat with her for a few minutes, then told her to go back to sleep, and she did.  A couple of hours later she was fussing again, and this time I found her on the floor next to the bed.  I helped her back in bed, got her covered, and she went back to sleep.

This morning I never heard her, so I went down to check and as soon as I turned on the light in the hallway she sat up in bed and said Hi Mommy!  She has a gate on her doorway (I didn't want her to try to go upstairs if she was half asleep), but she doesn't even get up from bed in the mornings.

She's done so wonderfully with the change that it makes me wonder what I was even worried about!


  1. Yay for easy transitions and big girl beds! Sutter was sitting on my lap and kept saying "ni-night" and kissing the monitor! :)

  2. Hi! I'm visiting from the blog roll at The Bates Motel.

    Congrats on the smooth transition! I hope it continues on!

    My step-daughter has down syndrome and she just turned 11. I wasn't around when she was transitioned to her big bed BUT your last picture did remind me of her. lol Ciena is quite the wiggle room at night! Then again ... so am I.

  3. I remember how nervous I was to transition Samantha to a toddler bed, and how shocked I was that it was so easy!! I'm so happy it went so well for Claire!!

  4. Oh man I know I need to do this...but Maddie is the same as Claire no problems at night and I am scared it is going to be a transitional are giving me hope! And a nudge! Yeah for Claire...big girl! Smiles

  5. How great for all of you. Sometimes moms do worry needlessly.

  6. Ya, I still need to do this with Russell. So awesome to hear how well Claire did! Yaay!

  7. That's so great! We were very lucky as well with Colin last year that the transition at that time went so well!

  8. A great thing you did, it is necessary to provide proper sleep environment to your kids so that they can perform well in their daily routines, floor beds are also a nice way to make sure your child doesn't fall during night time.


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