This sweet 21 month old is now a proud owner of a big girl bed. Last week we decided to go ahead and make the switch. She started climbing out of her crib at 17 months so I turned it around backwards (the back is much higher than the front) and she stopped trying...until last week. Last week I saw on the monitor that when she woke up she would take a running jump and attempt to leap over the side of the crib. It was time.
The first night I tried she was NOT having it. I left the crib in her room just in case and after an hour of her totally freaking out I ended up just putting her back in the crib for the night. She was in a total panic...running from the big bed and trying to climb back in the crib the whole time which was not what I expected!
The next night daddy gave it a shot and he held the magical powers for the next 3 nights in a row with no problem. He walked out after about 2 minutes with a smirk on his face totally bragging! I was happy she was sleeping in her bed and staying all night with no problem but I needed to be able to put her down too since I am the one that's always here!
I tried for 3 days in a row on naps and it was a no go then FINALLY on day 4 she did it for me at nap time. I sat outside her room and watched her on the monitor after I put her down and as soon as she tried to get out of bed I ran in and put her back over and over again. After the first successful nap it hasn't been an issue anymore. She needed a few nights in bed to get used to it I guess. She no longer asks for the crib anymore and gets excited about her big bed! She goes to bed easily at 7pm and sleeps all night waking around 7:30am and takes a 3 hour afternoon nap!
Overall it's been a smooth transition and I felt brave enough to finally take the crib down and move it to Caleb's room downstairs.
She looks so little in her giant bed but it also makes her seem so old!
Next thing to tackle is potty training although I'm really not feeling it at almost 8 months pregnant. That one I may give a while.