Anybody got good tips on how to work through the transition from crib to toddler bed?
We have started the transition out of crib and into toddler bed for 2yr old Will. (I am pregnant and due Aug 4 with number 2 - and we are doing up a new room for Will, but he doesn't have to move into it right away as I will use a bassinet for a few months next to where I sleep).
Anyway - the transition is going quite well. We started with daytime naps amd that went quite well. 80% of the time he stays in his bed the first time. 20% we have to do 2-5 return trips with him to get him back to bed. After a couple of weeks he wanted to sleep there at night so we gave in. Nights are about the same success rate. After about 2 weeks I would estimate that he made it only to midnight twice, 2am 5 times, and 5-7 the rest of the times before waking up and coming out to find us! If it is before about 3am I try and get him back in his bed. After 3am I just put him in with me. For the most part I am not getting fussed if he ends up in with me after 3am since by then he has slept 6 hours straight on his own. However we have implemented a 1-2-3 count for the going to bed routine - he can get out 4 times but the 4th time results in him being put in the crib - even if he screams his head off. Each time we count (say "this is #1 - if you don't stay in bed then you have to go to the crib" and point at the crib). This seems to be working - I have only made it past 2 twice. Any other tips / experiences!
I am not crazy about the idea of locking him in his room or putting up a baby gate -but we will see how things go.
oh yeah - and two funny / strange experiences;
Last night - DH was on DS duty while I walked / waddled the dog. Anyway he thought he heard DS walking around but then didn't hear anything further. (DH was on the computer in the kitchen which is at the base of the stairs). So after 30 minutes DH thought DS must have been asleep so he went to the garage to work on my car (new shocks and brakes) and found DS checking out the car sucking on his soother with his tiger under his arm! DS snuck past DH all the way to the garage! (Kind of scary!).
Tonight - DS got out 4 times so the 4th time I put him in his crib with his stuffies and he started crying - then I realized he was asking for his pillow (that we use on the toddler bed) and his blankets from the toddler bed. I gave him those and he laid down and went to sleep with no further fussing! It was like he wanted to sleep in his crib. (I checked on him and he is asleep with his back firmly against the bars).