We had the intention of giving Bunny a vintage (from Brian’s great-great-grandmother) Jenny Lind style bed, so the first thing we decided to do was to get her ready to transition to a “big-girl” bed.
Bunny has never expressed interest in climbing out of the crib, so we weren’t sure if we were rushing things, but with baby sister on her way, we also needed the crib to get set up in her room.
We decided to go ahead anyway and got Bunny ready about a week before she turned two(!):
It was quite an exciting time to see her Dad pull apart her crib and transform it into a “new” bed.
A couple of things on the transition:
- Since she would be able to get in and out of the bed all by herself, the first day it took her an extra hour to fall asleep for nap time because she kept getting up and grabbing books of the shelf, pulling out her stuffed animals, and just running around. We ended up going into her room and removing everything out of her reach.
- There was one crazy day where it took her forever to fall asleep and when I went in to wake her up in the late afternoon, she was asleep on the floor. There was another day when I heard her running around and when I looked on the monitor when it was silent, I noticed she was not in her bed. That’s when I went in and put her in her bed as she had fallen asleep on the floor. So, that’s 1.5 floor sleeping incidents.
- The first couple of days Bunny would climb out of her bed and play a bit by herself. Now, she just sits in her bed and yells, “DA-DA!” or “MO-MEE!” in a bossy tone to tell us to come see her. When we go into her room, she will climb out. I think she just likes yelling for us!
For the most part, she has taken to her bed pretty well. I’m really sad that the Jenny Lind bed did not work out, so Nagini wins with a new crib (I’ll share her room next week).
(Also, she stays in her room because we have door knob safety covers that prevent her from opening/closing/locking her bedroom.)