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Old 05-29-2007, 01:55 PM   #1
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Switching from Crib to Bed

HOW DID YOU DO IT?

Today at nap time I took one rail off DS's crib. He played quietly for the hour I left him in there hoping he would fall asleep. The rail is back on and he went to sleep without a problem. I am hoping to switch DS over to a real bed soon. I don't want to rush him, but am afraid he'll start climbing out of bed soon. DS is going to be 21 months soon.

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Old 05-29-2007, 02:37 PM   #2
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Well, our DD has always been very "eager to please" so her transition was easy. She was old enough to understand that she would be disciplined for getting out of her bed and I really only made an issue of it when she was really noisy or not getting any rest at all. I had to "kid proof" the room so there wasn't any danger if she did get out and play...like shelves to climb or cords to pull. Other than that it was a great transition because she could quietly play or read and sleep...it actually extended "rest time" for us. Oh, I did put a door knob thing on the door so that she couldn't just leave her room.

(I'm about to go through this with my little guy and I'm gearing up for it to be much more difficult than it was with DD though. Good luck, mama! )
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:24 AM   #3
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Re: Switching from Crib to Bed

I put my DD in a toddler bed because they are the same size and closer to the floor. They also had pseudo rails - although DD could easily get out. I left it out for weeks before she used it. I would ask her at nap times and bed times if she was ready to sleep in the big bed and one day, she said she was ready and she did. We took the crib down the next day and she might have asked for it once or twice, but it wasn't really a big deal. We told her it was gone and she was fine with it.

Obviously, you would have to have the extra mattress for the bed while you still have the crib up.
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:37 AM   #4
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owww...the door knob thing is a great idea. I hadn't thought of that.
DS is two and a hlf and we know we have to do it soon but I'm dreading it because it's the only break I ever get but that might actually work great.
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:39 AM   #5
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I had to take one of my kids out of the crib at only 8 months. She was a climber and a jumper. We were afraid she would really get hurt and we were almost crazy from hearing her hit the floor in the middle of the night. Talk about a monkey child! We used a toddler bed so she was lower to the floor, child proofed the room and put a slightly older sister in there with her to tattle. We also got her really tired before bed time, cut back on naps and fed her rice cereal right at bedtime. I hate to seem like she was/is a bad child so I will add that she potty trained herself in a day at age 15 months. I think of that as my pay off for all the climbing,jumping,swinging around!
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I had to take one of my kids out of the crib at only 8 months. She was a climber and a jumper. We were afraid she would really get hurt and we were almost crazy from hearing her hit the floor in the middle of the night. Talk about a monkey child! We used a toddler bed so she was lower to the floor, child proofed the room and put a slightly older sister in there with her to tattle. We also got her really tired before bed time, cut back on naps and fed her rice cereal right at bedtime. I hate to seem like she was/is a bad child so I will add that she potty trained herself in a day at age 15 months. I think of that as my pay off for all the climbing,jumping,swinging around!
ds climbed out at 18 months and we got one of those crib tents. It's the best 70 dollars we ever spent.
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Old 05-30-2007, 07:05 AM   #7
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It's hard with a climber! The crib tent sounds wonderful.
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I'm getting ready to switch my DD to bed. She is a climber and I have already caught her hanging on the rail on her belly. Soooo scary. We don't have carpeting either, so NO padding for that fall.

Plus, DS's room is upstairs and we have no AC and it already gets hot up there while it is still quite comfortable down here. School is out next Fri and after that I am putting a bunk bed in DD's room. I can also use a window unit to cool that end of the house when it gets super hot.

I think DD will be ok going right to a twin bed... I hope. Like I said, she is a climber and I'll just have my mom's BF build her steps. I just don't have the money to buy a loft to put over her toddler bed (crib is a 3in1) and there are bunk beds sitting in my mom's attic.
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And a few years later she broke her right arm trying to catch the ceiling fan by jumping from the top bunk bed. I tell you this child was wild. Still is.
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Re: Switching from Crib to Bed

It wasn't a big deal for my kiddos they hated thier crib.Actually DD never slept a night in the cage but as soon as we gave her a bed she never tried to leave it.
Our little guy was 16 months when he wanted out of the cage and moved into his sisters room-they wont be seperated.They have custom made toddler bunk beds.
I have found if you give them the choice of getting out of their bed it doesn't take long before they stay in it.Many times I have found Ethan sound to sleep up on his bed all by his own choosing during the day.
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