February 2nd, 2010 by ariana
When we were shopping for cribs I remember just wanting something clean, modern and inexpensive. Whether or not it could convert to a “big boy” bed wasn’t really at the top of my list of priorities. Imagining my as of yet unborn child sleeping in a toddler bed seemed like something so far off in the future.. like when hovercraft and teleporting are invented. In short, something I couldn’t even comprehend. Of course you don’t need me to tell you that it goes by faster than the blink of an eye and that future is just around the corner!
Jasper has two cribs, one at becoming home and one at my parents’ house. The one at my parents’ house is really high – I can’t imagine him being able to climb out of it anytime soon – but the sides of the one at becoming home are really short in comparison. When he stands up the side only comes up to like his belly. So I’ve been thinking about whether or not that means he’s “ready” for a big kid bed? Or, more importantly, ready or not if there’s a possibility he might try to climb out and fall! Is this something that needs to be anticipated well in advance to avoid potential injury, or do we wait for signs that he is actively trying to climb out (and risk a fall in the meantime)?
He’s sleeping on a cot at daycare for naps, so I know he’s capable of falling asleep without bars.. I’m just not sure I’M ready! I have visions of him getting just climbing out of bed and pulling on the door crying instead of sleeping. Unpleasant visions.
So here’s my question to you all, if your toddler has already made the transition to big kid bed what made you decide to go ahead and do it? How did the transition go? If like me you are just thinking about it, is there a specific age you are waiting for or are you waiting for some sign that he or she is ready?
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