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.
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!