More than two months ago, I wrote about how I thought perhaps it was time to transition Nora out of her crib. She was being a beast to get out of bed in the morning, and one of my theories was that perhaps—in a fit of trying to be more independent—she was frustrated with the fact that she couldn’t get out of her crib by herself.
I should’ve known not to theorize. At Nora’s 2-year appointment, our pediatrician even told us, “Do NOT try to understand why she does things.” In other words, it meant nothing. It was a phase.
And regarding the switch… well, it never happened. I chickened out.
It’s hard to mess with a good thing. It has not escaped me, however, that this is a transition that we do eventually have to make. Just like we broke her of the swaddle before we probably really needed to. Just like we nixed the pacifier at 11 months, cold turkey. But I am torn about how we want to make this particular change.
For one, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Nora never figures out and/or attempts to climb out of it. She’s a really cautious child—not one to climb, jump, or take many risks. So the “wait until she climbs out” philosophy doesn’t really seem to fit for our family, though I suppose she could surprise me. I know I want to move her—and I would even go so far as saying that I think that if we were to do it right now, the transition would go well. Of course, I don’t know that for sure, but the only thing I’m really worried about is her falling out of bed. She still moves around A LOT in there.
But my biggest point of internal debate is whether we should wait until we’re ready to put her in a BIG bed—a full or a twin. Her crib is convertible to a toddler bed, but I guess I’m thinking, do we really want to make a transition twice? However, the toddler bed seems like a natural step, a change that is more gradual than ripping her from a crib and putting her straight into a big bed. Because honestly, it’s THAT transition that I’m most scared of.
At daycare, Nora apparently naps on a mat on the floor. ON A MAT. ON THE FLOOR. With no restrictions, nothing keeping her in there. I cannot wrap my head around this. NO COMPRENDE. I just cannot see how that is actually successful, but Mary swears that it is. So apparently our girl is a little more adaptable than I give her credit for? And I do give her credit, don’t get me wrong.
Let’s say that we do choose to make this transition in the very near future. Do we give her a pillow? How do we try to “train” her to sleep on one end of the bed without flopping back and forth and sideways and rolling all around? Is it something she just has to learn by literally falling out a few times? And if they do fall out, what do you do? Do they cry, does it take them a long time to go back to sleep?
Another question is… what do you do when you travel? We’re going to California in January and if we make the transition to a toddler bed before then, what do we do there? We’re staying with a friend so we won’t have access to a pack ‘n’ play or anything else unless we rent it.
I’m just… really conflicted. Any advice?
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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