Considering move to toddler bed

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Considering move to toddler bed

Are your kids still in crib or have they transitioned to a bed? Currently, DS seems content with his crib and doesn't attempt to climb out, so I'm not in any hurry to move him along. However with #2 on the way, I'm trying to figure out sleeping arrangements. The crib we have converts to a toddler bed and we already have the parts so we could trial toddler bed while new baby sleeps in pack n play bassinet, or even a month or so before he/she arrives. I just have visions of DS of wandering around his room and not falling asleep with his new found freedom. He is such a busy body and gets into everything that is not locked up or bolted down :bouncey:

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Claire has been in a toddler bed since April. She never really slept in the crib, maybe a few hours at the beginning of the night and even then if she woke when I transferred her into she screamed. Switched her to the toddler bed so I could lay down with her and nurse her to sleep and its been great! She just started STTN from 9:30 to 7 am a couple weeks ago. Not every night but several days a week. She doesnt crawl out of bed unless its morning. During the night she just cries or calls mom if she wakes up and waits for me. In the morning she will get up and come in our room without crying which is a very new thing and something she started completely on her own.

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I would say if you are going to try it do it now while you can still focus on just him through the change.

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"beccasweet" wrote:

I would say if you are going to try it do it now while you can still focus on just him through the change.

Good point. Plus trying to adjust to a new bed and a crying baby in the house at night would be pretty stressful for him I imagine.

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We are going to make the transition well before #2 arrives in March. I was thinking December when he turns 2. He just started sleeping through the night but that took some convincing, and I want that to "settle in" before making any other changes. But I totally agree with Becky, we will do it well before baby arrives to make sure there is not too much change at once. LO's crib also converts to a toddler bed so we might just buy another crib for the new baby.

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Elle,

Can I make a small suggestion, if you have any plans of laying or sitting next to him while in the bed I would recommend buying a toddler bed or a twin versus buying a new crib. Claire's is a converted crib and because of the toddler rail and crib walls there is really only one way for me sit or lay next to her and no way that I could do it pregnant. Plus, it may be cheaper in the long run, especially if you skip up to a twin. Just a thought. Smile

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Elle,

Can I make a small suggestion, if you have any plans of laying or sitting next to him while in the bed I would recommend buying a toddler bed or a twin versus buying a new crib. Claire's is a converted crib and because of the toddler rail and crib walls there is really only one way for me sit or lay next to her and no way that I could do it pregnant. Plus, it may be cheaper in the long run, especially if you skip up to a twin. Just a thought. Smile

Hmmm interesting, DH said the same thing. I never thought of that as I haven't check out how this "converted" crib will look like. Likely cheaper too to just buy a twin. I will check it out, thanks!

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This is Claire's crib. If you click the toddler bed picture you can see how there is only one small part to climb in and out and since she rolls around I want her head at the end with the toddler rail so we end up sitting at that end and I have to do this awkward crawl to climb out. If I lay down with her which I do basically every night I have to lay with my back to the rail and my feet hanging off where the opening is, I don't fit any other way.

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My concern with going directly to a twin bed is that the mattress is higher so even with a partial side rail that is a far distance to fall potentially. I don't know if I could do a twin unless I cushioned the bottom of the floor with pillows or just put the mattress on the floor directly. Since, we are finding out gender in October, I'm also waiting to see if I'm having another boy because if we are, we may want to do bunk or loft beds when they are both a little older and that could influence what we use in the interim.

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You could just buy the mattresses and put them on the floor.

I guess I personally don't worry about falling because Claire doesn't roll much so a couple of those fold up bed rails should work well for her.

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Yeah we'd just put the mattress on the floor because DS rolls like crazy.

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I was a little nervous when we moved our son to a twin, but it was so big that it was fine. If you get a rail, and then put pillows on the floor just incase, he'll be fine. Also, we don't use a boxspring, just the one mattress, so it isn't quite so high off the ground.

I'm planning to keep Vivian in her crib as long as she'll let me! When I moved DS to a bed (a few months before Vivi was born) he stopped taking naps altogether. I'm not ready for that yet. She sleeps great, I'm just going to leave her.

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I was a little nervous when we moved our son to a twin, but it was so big that it was fine. If you get a rail, and then put pillows on the floor just incase, he'll be fine. Also, we don't use a boxspring, just the one mattress, so it isn't quite so high off the ground.

I'm planning to keep Vivian in her crib as long as she'll let me! When I moved DS to a bed (a few months before Vivi was born) he stopped taking naps altogether. I'm not ready for that yet. She sleeps great, I'm just going to leave her.

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"AshnBill" wrote:

I'm planning to keep Vivian in her crib as long as she'll let me! When I moved DS to a bed (a few months before Vivi was born) he stopped taking naps altogether. I'm not ready for that yet. She sleeps great, I'm just going to leave her.

Yeah, same here. My son hasn't even considered climbing out. He's not the most athletic yet and perhaps the mattress to top of crib is unusually high, because I can't even figure out how he'd be able to do it. He's happy though, so there he'll stay forever and ever! Blum 3

My daughter slept through the night last night -- I think we counted that as the 4th time she's done it -- so she's still a part-time crib girl and part-time in our bed. We keep our mattress on the floor for the falling factor. But we're continuing to work on the crib sleep and, even though she's super into climbing in general, I think the high crib rails and her tiny legs will keep her in for a while yet.

So until there's some sort of falling danger, I'll just stick with cribs.

Some friends moved their babes to toddler beds just before their next kids came and it made a lot of sense. One good reason is it's hard reaching to put down a kid while a bazillion months pregnant, but the biggest reason was for c-sections - it'd be impossible to pick up and put a toddler down in his crib.

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"AshnBill" wrote:

I'm planning to keep Vivian in her crib as long as she'll let me! When I moved DS to a bed (a few months before Vivi was born) he stopped taking naps altogether. I'm not ready for that yet. She sleeps great, I'm just going to leave her.

Eeek! I'm not ready to lose his nap because it is also my nap/quiet time. I hope DS will still nap when we make the transition later this year.

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Some friends moved their babes to toddler beds just before their next kids came and it made a lot of sense. One good reason is it's hard reaching to put down a kid while a bazillion months pregnant, but the biggest reason was for c-sections - it'd be impossible to pick up and put a toddler down in his crib.

I already feel the strain lifting DS's 30lb frame in and out of his crib. I keep thinking of the cartoon where Winnie the Pooh pops a seam (I forget what he was doing) and imagine I'm not too far off from that.