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The Big Boy Bed


We ALMOST transitioned Nic to the “big boy bed” before Baby Z was born. I’m so glad that we didn’t. I got some wonderful advice from a mom of four who said that I would want to be able to leave Nic playing in his crib when I needed to (say when he wakes up from his nap and I’m in the middle of feeding baby). It was definitely a relief to know that he was in a safe place while we went through the move and got into our groove with the baby.After his first night in his twin bed.

But now, it’s time. We will need the crib soon for Baby Z, so I wanted to get Nic well established in the big bed before we move baby into the crib.

We did a lot of prep. A few months ago, I got a great twin bed from a generous neighbor and from the moment we brought it into the garage, we told Nic how it was going to be his bed one day. Last week, I set it up on our patio and painted it heirloom white. I also got some perfect sheets at Target and ordered a duvet cover (I wanted the bed to be fun, but not cheesy). As expected, he couldn’t wait to move the bed inside and he was a huge fan of his animal sheets.

After a long weekend out of town, we bit the bullet and set everything up in the boys’ room. Dominic “helped” us put together the bed, and when we put the mattress on it, he was so excited to jump on it that I could hardly get the sheets on. Once I got the bed made, he was jumping up and down on it saying, “I love my big boy bed.” We were off to a good start.

I was SO nervous when we tucked him in and shut the door behind us. Was he going to climb right out of bed? Would he come to our room in the middle of the night? To our relief, he heeded our instructions to stay in bed until his Ok to Wake alarm clock turned green at 6:15 the next morning. As my husband said, he “nailed it.”

It’s been a few days and he’s been sleeping great in his new bed, both at nighttime and naptime. Fingers crossed that he keeps up the good work!

Reader Comments (3)

Congratulations. What a huge mile stone. I am so happy it's going well for you guys. We were thinking of biting the bullet but I too am leaning towards waiting as long as I can. I enjoy that I can get a little extra sleep in the morning while she plays in her crib or get a few more dishes washed before I get her from nap time. Question for you. Is the bed surrounded by railing all around? Does he know he can climb out of it yet? I like how you prepped him up for the big day too. Awesome news!

November 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterAlex

Yes, it does have short railings all the way around, except for a small section where he can climb in and out. I jinxed myself a bit with writing this post, the next day he did try to climb down during naptime. However, I was watching him on the monitor and walked in as he was climbing down. It surprised him and he climbed right back up. So far, he hasn't tried it again. He does play in his bed for 5-45 minutes before going to sleep, but he did that in his crib too.

November 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterNathalee

That is wonderful! Congrats on the nice transition! It sometimes amazes me how we can be so nervous about changes and the kids just roll with it like no big deal. It's almost like when you're not nervous, things go haywire. Is the alarm clock in his room to let him know it's time for him to "wake up?" That's a good idea.

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