I have heard so many different opinions and ideas on when the best time is for toddlers to be sleep trained into a toddler bed or regular bed. Do we wait until they outgrow them? Do we just do it when we see fit? Do we wait until they make a break for it? Toddler bed or regular bed? Since my little guy never seemed interested in being free from the 4 protective walls of his crib, we decided to wait until he was big enough to climb out. When I purchased his crib, I made sure I got the kind that converts to a toddler bed so that he could sleep in a familiar place. My husband wanted so badly to start taking it apart and converting it months ago, but every time he tried I would have minor mommy moments involving tears and stories about when my kiddo was still teeny tiny and eventually, my husband would give up. When I woke up yesterday morning and looked at the baby monitor to find that he was no where in view in his crib, it became obvious that something wasn’t quite right. I found my spunky little man roaming the house having a great time pulling things off of low shelves that he knows he isn’t supposed to touch. Nap time came around and to my surprise, he peacefully slept in his bed without trying to escape.
Today was a different story. He refused to stay in his bed for nap time and would not sleep until I put him in my bed. For bed time, we repeatedly had to put him back in his crib. As I sit here thinking about the first time he rolled over and all of the other milestones he has achieved, it’s becoming more and more obvious that my little baby is not quite so little any more and it is time to convert.
I’ll be writing a series about our adventures with converting him to a “big boy” bed and will hopefully come up with some pointers along the way that may help future mommies!
Wish me luck! This could get tricky!