Sleeping in PA
|So proud of her new digs.|
A couple Sundays ago, I talked with another seasoned mom, who casually suggested moving Tabitha out of her crib and into a regular bed. Considering that Tabitha was spending more time each night in bed with us rather than in the crib I started to ponder the move. Still 15 months seemed too early to try.
Monday night was the last straw. Tabitha slept in our queen-size bed, while David and I shared a single mattress on the floor of her room. Tuesday evening we bought a bed rail and moved Tabitha to a big girl bed. To say that we broke all the "rules" for transitioning a child from crib to bed is an understatement.
- Rule #1-- Let the child nap for several days before trying an overnight.
- We started with the overnight.
- Rule #2-- It is best to wait until your child is close to 3 before attempting such a move.
- She's almost 16 months.
- Rule #3-- Always start with a toddler bed so the child doesn't feel "lost" in bed.
- Her bed is regulation adult standard.
- Rule #4-- Place the bed in the same place as the crib had been.
- We put her in a new bed in a new room.
- Rule #5-- Spend a week talking and reading about big kid beds. Make it fun for your toddler.
- While we're picking out the bed rail crazy Mommy is saying, "Tabitha, you'll be in a big girl bed tonight. It'll be fun."
- Rule #6-- Do not attempt too many transitions at once.
- Is this too many transitions?-- Just hosted family for Thanksgiving which meant 4 days of little routine, house in utter disarray, preparing to host a Very Vandal Christmas, and decorating for the holidays. Basically, to Tabitha our house looks entirely different and our routine because of all the festivities has been entirely different.
- Rule #7-- Remember that this is a milestone for you, the parent. Your baby is growing up.
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder where you are?
I'm in bed and so is she
And we're as happy as can be!