Crib to toddler bed

Lauren - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 125 moms have responded )

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Has anyone switched or thought about switching from the crib to a toddler bed? Our crib converts and am not sure when to make the switch.

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Laura - posted on 01/04/2010

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My 16 mo. old sleeps through the night in his crib and doesn't climb out. I'm waiting until I see a need to switch it over. I don't want to mess with what works!

Marija - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting Ashley:

This is a good question. I have wanted to switch my toddler over, the only problem is that when I put him in the bed, I am worried he will get out of the bed and try to play instead of sleep. Does that make sense?



I totally agree with you Ashley, I worry that my daughter will keep getting out of bed and play, I think 16 months is too young and we should be thinking about it when they are nearer 2.

Alauni - posted on 01/06/2010

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Like Rachel - my 16month old is my 3rd child and not ready for bed - she moves around during her the night and even with safety rails it wont stop her from falling off, and i want her to stay put lol... - my older 2 - i moved to toddler bed at the age of 2 and 2 n half - u should never close bedroom door until ur child is at least 4 or 5, insert gate on door or leave door ajar....

Lindsey - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have been wondering the same thing, from what I've read most people switch when their chil starts to climb out of the crib, which mine doesnt yet, my problem is my daughter wont sleep in her crib thru the whole night, so I was wondering if switching to a toddler bed (mine converts as well) would help my situation. My sister-in-law didnt switch my neices bed till she was 3, and my friend switched her sons at 9 months...Personally I think 3 is too old and 9mo is a lil young i think right around 18mo or so is good but it depends on u and ur child! good luck!

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Mary - posted on 04/12/2010

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My daughter has not slept in her crib since she was six months old and she is now 20 months. She sleeps in our bed, so I am wondering if we should now try to convert her crib she barely used into a toddler bed, she may like that much better, but the problem is she always has to have my hair in her hand and know I am right there with her, does anyone have any suggestions I NEED HELP!

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Mine is in a full size bed. He would often wake up in the middle of the night crying and since we were temporarily living with my in-laws, I would bring him into the big bed with me. He got so used to that he didn't want to sleep in the crib. So when we moved into our new home, we just put him into a big bed with one side rail. He hasn't woken up yet. He hasn't crawled out of it yet either. He likes his big bed.

Rae - posted on 04/10/2010

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I have a set of twins(girl&boy). my twins still sleep in my bed because they still need me to hug them, so i sleep in the middle.. I would love to switch them into a toddler bed. Maybe after reading everyones comments i will start the transition soon as i go buy to beds. and like the many others that i have read about they fall asleep in their own crib/playpen and in the middle of the night i can't get them back into their own beds

Stephanie - posted on 04/09/2010

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We will be converting our 18 month old into her toddler bed this weekend. She hasn't started climbing out of it yet, but we have caught her several times with one leg over the side. It's only a matter of time...

Bobbi-Jo - posted on 04/09/2010

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I agree with not messing with what works my daughter is 20 months old and she gives no problems at all . I take her upstairs say good night she blows kisses and not another sound until morning. I am afraid if i switch it up before a need to that it will create problems

Nicole - posted on 04/09/2010

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I moved her into a toddler bed last month when she started attempting to climb out of her crib. So far it has been really good. I switched her into a toddler bed at 18 months.

Skye - posted on 04/09/2010

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well my baby boy is 19 months. he never really liked his cot. pretty much everynight he would wake up around midnight and want to sleep with me (then he'd sleep through the night) so i would just do that as he slept better! we recently went away for 5 weeks and he was in the same bed as me. it was so much easier. now we are home i haven't even tried him in his cot. he's sleeping with me until my sister moves down to his old room the he'll have her room which is just next to mine (so it'll be alot easier!) his bed is set up downstairs and sometimes i'll put him in that during the day and he loves it! it's alot easier for him as he can just climb out of bed when he wakes up and he'll find me for a mummy cuddle then he'll go play. where as in the cot he'd be upset as he couldn't get out himself! the cot is packed away in the garage and he'll have his room in the next couple of weeks.

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If your little one is content with the crib, I'd stay with it. If you do switch, be prepared to find him asleep somewhere other than his bed. It may take a couple of days for him to get used to the freedom.

Laurel - posted on 04/09/2010

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i put my 20 month old in hers when she was 13 months. and i admit it was not an easy transition but after a few weeks she loved it and now that she has her dora bedding she loooves it even more. i think it all depends on the child. some kids have seperation issues and it includes their crib cuz that has been their comfort zone for so long.

Alison - posted on 04/09/2010

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my husbamd and I put our daughter just at the top of the week it been long process but working so far she only 20 months old my oldest was never this hard

Christa - posted on 04/09/2010

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We made it a big deal as part of their 2nd birthday. It worked great with my two girls and we're getting close to that point with our 20 month old. I think he would do fine now with a Toddler bed, I just like to keep the "tradition" we started with the girls. I would determine it by the child. If there are older siblings, it might make them feel like a big kid too! And make the transition easier.

Janelouise - posted on 04/09/2010

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Matilda`s cot on converts into a toddler bed. she has been in a toddle bed for about a month now and she loves it. she has only fell out 2 time but both times she put herself back to bed. she is getting a proper toddler bed soon. one that is closer to the ground and has sides on it so she cant fall out. each to their own. do what you thinks best for you and your child.

Michele. - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi! My son will be 20 months on the 25th and he has been in a toddler bed for a month now. Everything is fine.. We have decorated the room to a theme he loves, he has his security blanket with him and at noight we read to him and stay with him till he falls asleep. We also have the guard rail on the side of his bed to keep him from falling.



Don't be scared to make a decision...Watch how your child reacts to the bed and make it a good thing... A big boy/girl start :)

Cassandra - posted on 04/08/2010

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My oldest who is 5 now was about 3. We switched her because her friend was in a big girl bed. We took the side off first and then went to a toddler bed. Although my now 19month hold seems like way more of a handful. She's really going to be locked up for until she's 3. Plus my kids are small so they barely see over the railing at this age.

Rachelle - posted on 04/08/2010

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We switched our son to his toddler bed at 16 months. It helped him to start sleeping through the night better and he doesn't try to get us up when he wakes up...he just goes back to sleep. I recommend buying or borrowing a video monitor for the first while after you switch so you can see what your child is doing without interrupting them. It was great for our son. We just switched the camera to our baby's room.

Michelle - posted on 04/08/2010

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yeh i have u wil no when ur child is ready to be switched my baby never sleep in her cot so i got a bed for her an put a safety side on the bed it good she loves it..

Kolokea - posted on 04/07/2010

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my son was out of his crib at 10 months old. he would climb out of it and one time fell so we decided to transfer him. our crib converts to a toddler/daybed too so it was easy. its pretty low to the ground too. we had a bit of a problem at first with him playing and not sleeping and eventually he would learn to crawl into his bed and sleep. but then we decided to take the toys and stuff out of his room until he learned. he does great now and he is 20 months old.

Karlye - posted on 04/07/2010

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I switched my now 19 month old son to his toddler bed when he was 17 months. The transition was smooth for the most part. The only problem that I ran into was that he wanted to get up and walk around. Since he knows how to open his bedroom door I was worried that he would get up in the middle of the night (which was not like him since he has been sleeping through the night since 4 months old) and want to walk around the whole house. This happened once and I walked into the family room at 5:00 am and he was sitting playing with his trucks. After this happened I bought a baby gate to put in front of his bedroom door. This worked wonders and he goes to bed perfectly now! Good luck

Trinette - posted on 04/07/2010

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We have only switched from crib to toddler bed 3 days ago, our daughter is 19mths ,only thing we had to do was put up a bedrail to stop her falling out, she loves her bed she thinks she is a big girl now.

Lindsay - posted on 04/06/2010

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My daughter just turned 20 months and is still content in her crib. Hey, if it works for her it works for me as well. I believe in, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. I plan on waiting until she starts climbing out on her own to introduce the new big girl bed. Good luck on the transition!

Sigrid - posted on 04/06/2010

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My 20 month old started using his toddler bed 2 months ago (at 18 months) and he LOVES his big boy bed! We toddler-proofed his room well, so that if he does get up, he can't really hurt himself. If he does play for a little bit during naptime, he eventually realizes that he is tired and puts himself back in bed! Overall, it makes both of us a lot happier. If he gets up from sleeping, he doesn't automatically cry for me, he plays quietly by himself for a little bit before he knocks on his bedroom door for me to let him out (so cute!). This gives me a little extra time to snooze in the mornings/during naps, which is helpful since I'm 8 months pregnant!

Tammy - posted on 04/06/2010

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I too think it depends on your baby. I know that my 20 month old is definitely NOT ready, cause she would NEVER stay in bed! She would most likely roam the house and play with what ever she wants all night long and eventually drop of exhaustion somewhere that does not resemble a bed/crib.

Kristen - posted on 04/06/2010

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We put our son in his toddler bed at 15 months and he loves it! He refused to sleep in the cot, but as soon as we converted it he seemed happy to be able to get on/off the bed himself, and now sleeps the whole night in his own room. Even given the option between our bed and his, he always goes to his. I just put pillows next to it to protect him if he rolls off (the bed is very low too) and often he rolls off and just carries on sleeping on the floor!

Tamara - posted on 04/05/2010

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We had issues with our daughter not wanting to sleep in her crib, so we thought that getting a 'big girl bed" would be great...NOT!!! She will not sleep in there all night either. She is almost 20 months now. If she falls asleep (not in her bed) and we try to put her in her bed, she automatically wakes up when we go through the door to her room!! LOL She sleeps perfectly in our bed all night...which is not what I wanted to happen, but I do require some sleep once in a while!! LOL Any suggestions would be great!

Caryn - posted on 04/05/2010

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We put are daughter in a toddler bed at 18 months. It has been great! She goes to bed on her own and sleeps through the night. I was worried she would get up in the middle of the night and play around too but she has yet too. We needed to adjust her to the toddler bed early because we needed her crib for her 4 month old sister. Making the switch for us was the best thing we could have done. Good luck to you!

Heidi - posted on 04/05/2010

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I waited until she moved around less (around 2). I use an afghan instead of a duvet or blanket with my 20 mo. old and she does fine with it. She still move too much to go to a toddler bed. It depends on the child.

Kelly-anne - posted on 04/05/2010

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I bought my sons bed around 2 months ago and he slept in it 3/7 nights. Then 5 days ago I removed the cot from the room and put him into the bed. He got up so I put him back into it and also put a safety gate across the bedroom door, he cried at the gate for 10 seconds and got back into bed and fell asleep. Personally I've had no problems but I think it depends on the child. Conor is 19 months.

Melissa - posted on 04/05/2010

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Yes - we switched about 2 weeks ago - my son is 18 months and number 2 is due in 4 weeks so we wanted him out of the crib well before the new baby came - it has worked out great! He loves it and he is less fussy about nap time and bed time as he can play a bit then go to sleep...we are glad we did it sooner...
ps- he had never climbed out of the crib either before we moved him....

Michelle - posted on 04/05/2010

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I had to keep the cot in my bedroom because it was the only doorway it fit through so i had motivation to make the switch. I put my son into a big boy bed as soon as he could walk. The first few nights he got out and cried at the door but after about 5 minutes realised i wasn't going to get him so climbed into bed and went to sleep. He doesn't really get up and play because the lights off and the doors shut so he doesn't have the light to see to play. He loves his big bed and will know wander in and put himself to bed. He is very restless also so to begin with i put a mattress on the floor next to his bed in case he fell out but when he did that a few times i got a rail to go on the side and have had no problems. he goes to bed easier most of the time and sleeps through, he does like early mornings tho and comes to say he's up.
I think whenever you feel ready is the best time.

Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2010

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I switched my first at 20 months she did great the first four months and then she wouldn't stay in bed etc. with my second I am going to wait as long as I can (ie. He climbs out) my advice would be don't rush it. I know u r excited bc I was too. But I will agree Three is too old or when they r potty trained. I did use a gate in the door way with my first. For her safety and my sanity.

Jessica - posted on 04/04/2010

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My 19 month old sleeps in a crib all through the night and doesnt try to climb out

Tammy - posted on 04/04/2010

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I put both my girls in a toddler bed at 15 months. I started when the were about 13 months old, just for naps. I gave them about a month-and-a-half to get the feel for it. Then, I popped them in for the night. They were both in toddler beds, day and night, at 15 months. I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but both my girls were already walking when I started them in the toddler bed for nap. So, they were able to get out if they wanted to. Fortunately, they both did stay put.

Autumn - posted on 04/03/2010

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i switch ours to the toddler bed last week when i realized he could get out of the crib with NO problem.......he LOVES it now.

Chrissy - posted on 04/03/2010

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We switched our 20 month old over to a toddler bed at 15 months. She can get in and out by herself. It took a couple of weeks to get her used to it but now she loves it. It has side rails by the head of the bed to keep her from rolling out. The only problem is, if she doesn't want to sleep then there is no way to keep her in bed. Besides that it has been a huge success.

Ashley - posted on 04/03/2010

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ashley take ur childs toys out of the room except the one he/she needs for comfort...
my first son hated cot but loved bed.....
and toys werent an issue as he slept with a teddy all night through then got up to play with toys in the mornin..

Ashley - posted on 04/03/2010

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my first son went to a single bed with bars up when he was `10months and was great!
he wouldn't sleep in a cot had always been fussy!
my second child will hopefully be changing from cot to single bed with bars next wkend..
he is 2 in august! so yer different children are different and all u can do is expirement and do whats best for u!!! good luck hun

Joss - posted on 04/03/2010

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Every child is different. My daughter went into a bed at 15 months as she kept climbing out of the cot. My son however is 19 months and loves his cot, sleeps through the night. As the expression goes "let sleeping dogs lie" He'll tell me when he's ready to move into a bed.

Alice - posted on 04/03/2010

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ive just brought my 19 month old son a thomas 1st bed and i was worried at first but the first night he slept in it was great and he loved it. the only reason i desided to change him is because ive got baby no2 due in less than two weeks and thought it would make him feel like a big brother a bit more.

Katie - posted on 04/02/2010

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JJ is 20 months old. I JUST made the switch. Just stay on top of checking them frequently to make sure they are still in bed when you first make the switch...but still usually end up putting them BACK in bed at least 4-5 times before they actually fall asleep in bed HaHaHa!! The first few nights are not the most fun and it requires a lot of patience but consistency is KEY for a quick and easy transition.

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When my son was 6mo. I found out that we were going to have another baby. When I was 6mo. along we put him -1year old.- in the toddler bed. Like 1st time parents my husband and I slept on thefloor by his bed for the 1st night. He did great. He fell out 1 or 2 times but didnt get hurt. After that sometimes we will find him sleeping on the floor. We dont know how he gets there. Whether fallen or gotten off.

Ashleigh - posted on 04/02/2010

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We are going to be switching to a tot bed in the next few months as we need the crib for #2. Right now we are working on going to sleep on his own and then once that is working well then switching to tot bed.

Sandra - posted on 04/02/2010

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i've switched, first converted crib to todler bed but didnt like how it was soo hight from the floor so i put on a bed side rail worked great then in the past week or two i've put him into a real toddler bed and hes doing great, i though it would be a good idea for the transision cause he is in daycare and they use there little bed things and he does great with that. some ppl say they wait till there lil one starts to climb out of there crib jayden never did any of that..

Katarzyna - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter is now 19 months, but one day when she was 15 months she decided she will not fall asleep in her crib, i tried for 2 nights with no luck, my crib converts to a toddler bed, but i didn't want to buy the attachment (extra $150), so i took out the front side of the crib and the mattress and inserted the full size mattress on the floor by itself into the empty slot. So she is in a "big girl bed" but it's only 8 inches off of the ground.
She loves it!
The only pitfall of this is that I have to "sleep" with her until she falls asleep because otherwise she will get out and walk out of her room. However this usually takes 5-10 minutes of my time at bedtime and naptime.

Andrea - posted on 03/31/2010

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I am thinking about switching my daughter into a bed soon, as she has recently started climbing out of her crib. She's only managed it twice so until she does it all the time I am going to keep her in her crib.
Personally I just think why switch them to the bed if they cant get out of the crib yet at least you always know where they are :)
A friend of mine switched her little girl into a toddler bed when she was about 10 months old and until that point she was sleeping quite well but after she switched her to the bed, she just kept getting into her parents bed and now they have a hard time getting her to sleep on her own and she is almost 3. I think you just gotta go with what you think will work best for you and your little one.
I hope this helps you :) Good Luck.

Erin - posted on 03/31/2010

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My daughter is 19 months and we are due with our 2nd in September so we are aiming for June to switch her over so she has time to adjust before the baby comes. I hope it goes well because she is a champ sleeper and doesn't put up a fight at all at bed time. We took the binky away last month and it went much better than expected so I'll hope the same for this as well!

Joanna - posted on 03/30/2010

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I would say keep your toddler in the crib until they jump out of it. My daughter was 19 montths old when she did this. We immediately converted the bed into a toddler bed to avoid any injuries. Word to the wise, just because they jump out does not mean they can handle the whole "bed" thing. For example, when we changed our daughter's bed to the toddler bed (basically a very low day bed),she was not happy and thought she could stand/walk around on it like she could her crib..totally not saf considering the front was open for her to step off of it in the dark!!! Plus, she really wasn't able to crawl off and on the bed with ease. Solution...we took the mattress & put it on the floor. After a few days, we went and bought her a full size mattress since we will need this anyway as her crib converts to a full size bed. Of course, we had to completely baby-proof the room. She is doing great & sleeps (doesn't play, or really get off of it) even though the mattress is on the floor. Bottom line, don't force your child out of crib & don't assume that they are 100% ready to go to a big-kid and/or toddler bed even when they do...

Sarah - posted on 03/30/2010

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my lil boy is 19months now and i too have a cot bed that converts, my only reason for not switching him over yet is that he's a really fidgity sleeper, he can end up on all sides of his cot. maybe if i took the sides down ne way, if he fell out once he might not do it again.x

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I am nowhere near thinking about switching my "baby" to a toddler bed yet. I have a 33 month old and I haven't put her in her toddler bed yet, only because when we put my oldest, who is 5 now, in the toddler bed at 2 1/2, all he wanted to do was run out of the bed and play - he then stopped taking naps all together and putting him to bed was a nightmare! So, I am hoping to get my 33 month old in her bed by 3 years of age, sort of as a Birthday "present" for turning 3, now that she is a big girl now and all potty-trained. So for now, my "baby" (19 months) will have to wait. Then when we can get both the girls to stay in their beds they will be sharing a room. I think it's different for every child and every family, depending on other siblings, the room arrangements, etc. Just go with your gut, and if your child is content in the crib, then, by all means, I would leave him/her in there as long as possible - probably until age 3.

Shalene - posted on 03/30/2010

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My 19 month old still sleeps through the night in his crib and he doesn't try to climb out yet. He did fall out of his crib once but I think it was because he's so tall that he just leaned too far over the rail and fell out. I bought him a toddler bed when he was 15 months old but he refuses to sleep in it. He sleeps on a mat at daycare just fine but for some reason he will not stay put at home. I'm not going to rush him, when he's ready for his big boy bed he will let me know. I agree that there is no set age to transition, just wait until they are ready. :-)

Missy - posted on 03/29/2010

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I am the same way. I have a 19th old that sleep through the night and does not climb out. She is still too small. I think we will wait until she tries to climb out before we change her bed. I like that idea the best :) She goes right to bed, sleeps thorough the night, and sleeps until 8am! Why mess with what we have now :)

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