...to the toddler bed this past weekend. I was having a harder time hoisting his *I'm guessing* 32 lb body over the crib rail. I was worried at first because there is no guard rail on the converted bed (it is an ikea crib), you just take the one side crib rail off and a small board is installed along the botton to keep the mattress from coming out. We placed pillows along the side so if he did roll out he would have something softer to land on other than carpet. The mattress is pretty low anyway, probably not even higher than if we had put a twin mattress directly on the floor. The first night, he did end up outside the bed (not sure if he rolled or crawled out) and was crying, but he hasn't fallen out since. The funny thing is that he doesn't seem to realize he can leave his bed freely when we are not in the room and waits until we come into his room after naps or in the morning before he pops out. I always think he is going to get up, turn on light, wander and play around his room because he is such a free spirit, but so far he has stayed put. If he continues to do well we plan to keep him in this bed for couple months after baby is born (baby can sleep in pack n play bassinet) and then possibly get a twin bunk bed set that can be used as separate beds initially. I would definitely consider a guard rail with the twin bed though. Just yesterday DS did a header over the side of the couch and scraped the side of his forehead...yikes!
Good for you - no issues? We are battling some pretty bad sleeping issues again/still (i don't even know). DS really fights going down and wakes up multiple times per night demanding milk. Thanks heavens DH is being a good sport and handles almost all of that since I really need my sleep these days to function. I foresee another round of sleep training in the near future. I had DS all trained to sleep through the night, in his bed, in August after a painful week of sleep training while DH was away. ANd then I got sick, passed the night management off to DH and it all went down the drain. Sigh. We have to fix this before baby comes. I cannot deal with 2 little night terrors!
Sorry you're having sleep issues. So far so good with the toddler bed. We have had a couple nights of awakenings recently but I think they were related to him having a cold. We do have other random nights when DS awakens and just screams his head off and I wonder if he is having night terrors. Unfortunately, he seems to not be consoled by DH going into the room (or if he does settle down he cries again shortly after) so I usually end up going in to comfort him for awhile. DS still stays in the bed until we come in the room in the morning though I'm waiting for that imaginary barrier to be broken
Evelyn is still in her crib, but I keep thinking about converting it to the toddler bed. Maybe after the holidays. I like the idea of being able to sit on the floor next to her and pat her back instead of rocking her, which I still do every night. I'm just not sure she will stay in there. Right now, we read a few stories and I rock her for 2-3 songs on her lullaby playlist, then I put her in her crib and she falls asleep on her own, but I'm wondering if she will want to get out of bed if I leave her room before she is asleep. I guess there is only one way to find out. Before we proceed with that though, I need to put a gate at the top of our steps. She can't open her bedroom door yet, but it's only a matter of time and motivation...