At what age did your child start sleeping in a toddler bed? Any tips for beginning that?

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Maria - posted on 02/22/2009

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My son was a wonderful sleeper.  He woke up happy in his crib and would sing to himself until my husband and I went to get him.  Then, at just under 2 years old, my son was hopping out of the crib with no problem, so we took him with us to pick out the toddler bed, as suggested.  He helped put it together- as suggested.  We used the same bed linens, as suggested.  I haven't slept through the night since.  He went from sleeping all night to getting up every couple of hours.  He brings me his blanket to cover him back up in his bed.  Going to bed is a battle every night.  This has been going on for months.  What did we do wrong?

Leana - posted on 02/21/2009

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Hey my daughter started sleeping in a toddler bed when she turned 21 months she was constanly trying to climb out of her crib and we got scared she would fall out!  She adjusted right away after 1 night it was awesome and simple we got her the plastic dora bed which takes a crib mattress i highly recommand it! LANA from Brooklyn NY

Leana - posted on 02/21/2009

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Hey my daughter started sleeping in a toddler bed when she turned 21 months she was constanly trying to climb out of her crib and we got scared she would fall out!  She adjusted right away after 1 night it was awesome and simple we got her the plastic dora bed which takes a crib mattress i highly recommand it! LANA from Brooklyn NY

Leana - posted on 02/21/2009

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Hey my daughter started sleeping in a toddler bed when she turned 21 months she was constanly trying to climb out of her crib and we got scared she would fall out!  She adjusted right away after 1 night it was awesome and simple we got her the plastic dora bed which takes a crib mattress i highly recommand it! LANA from Brooklyn NY

Tracy - posted on 02/20/2009

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Our D is 17m and I have been thinking about the toddler bed transition lately.  She has not tried to climb out of her crib so far, but that's only because she can't get her foot up high enough to get leverage on the side.  Once that toe is high enough to go over the edge, the crib will come down.  Like Rhonda said, I don't want her falling out and hurting herself.   D is an excellent sleeper (and I thank God for this every day) so I'm hoping it won't mess with that.  As it is now when she wakes up she also just sits in her crib and talks to her lovey bear or sings or plays until we either come get her or she ramps up to crying (if we take too long).   Same at night when she goes to bed.  If she is not tired enough yet she will spend up to an hour talking to her bear and just playing/singing in her room until she falls asleep.  She is tall enough already to reach the doorknobs, though she has not strong enough to turn them, so I think we will go directly to a door gate.  I almost wish she was ready now because there is a really beautiful toddler bed for amazingly cheap on Craigslist in our area.  It's assembled though and we have no where to store it.



I do plan on doing some "babyproofing" of her bedroom.  D climbs EVERYTHING and she will definitely try and climb the changing table (it will have to go away, I"ll probably just change her on her bed) and will have to put up closet doors again since it has a built-in and she would be climbing that if I let her.  Also, every piece of clothing she owns would be out of the bins and on the floor by morning.

Rhonda - posted on 02/18/2009

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I just recently put my daughter in a toddler bed. She will be 16 mo on March 1. She does great with it. I keep a monitor on so I can hear when she wakes up. Her ped. suggested we transition her to a toddler bed because she was trying to climb out of her crib. She said it was better to switch to a toddler bed before she fell trying to climb out of the crib. I was nervous because she has never been a good sleeper. But, she is doing great. Alyssa is actually sleeping better in her big girl bed than her crib. Good luck with your transition!



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Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009

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We put our daughter into a "big girl" bed when she was 17 months. We brought her into her room while we took down her crib and then set up her bed and explained to her that she was going to be sleeping in a big girl bed now. The first night was a little rough because she slipped out and she kept hitting her head on the plastic and waking herself up so the next night we found a long, narrow picture frame and wrapped it in a comforter and put it between the matress and bed frame and then we wrapped blankets around any parts that she would hit her head and she has been sleeping perfect since. We didn't really take anything down because she's not a mischevious baby. Actually when she wakes up she will sit in her bed and talk to herself and her bear until one of us goes to get her, haha! I'm sure that won't last long though :) I guess it all depends what kind of personality your baby has.

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We started Brianna about 2 weeks shy of her 2nd birthday. We just explained that she gets a new bed just for her. Made it special for her. We started a new night time routine and she did great. She does wake up some nights and try to climb into bed with us but I usually get right up and put her back in her bed. I tried to break hat habit early. We didn't lock down any furniture as she has never been a big climber on furniture. We did put a baby gate at the top of the stairs so to make sure she doesn't go down stairs in the middle of the night. So far so good she is 2 1/2 and doing great. Good Luck

Danielle - posted on 02/18/2009

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i put my son in a toddler bed when he was one and a half and he loved it he had some freedom then,i found that when he woke up in the night he wasnt crying out for me he was just getting up and playing for half hour then back to sleep.once he learnt to open the doors tho we had to put a stair gate up at his bedroom door.i got up one morning and he was in the front room and had emptied the bin all over my cream sofa lol the monster him but now i have no problems with him.good luck

Mandi - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Mandi:





I started my daughter in her toddler bed at  just under two.  She was about 4 months shy of her second birthday.  As far as beginning it.....I just pushed her right in.  We took down the crib and set the toddler bed up, and we never looked back.  Just be prepared that your little one WILL end up in bed with you occasionally and will be able to get up and roam freely now.  Make sure no doors are left unlocked, and that your little one knows his/her boundaries!  I found my Hailey with a window blind cord around her neck as I exited the shower when I thought she was asleep for her nap.  Hailey is now three and is sleeping in a full size bed in her room.  Hope this helps!













Ha! That's funny. My daugher's name is Hayley, also. Great minds think at least a little alike lol.








I'm one of those "never look back" people, too. Another question, though: did you guys remove any other furniture in the room she could climb on (i.e. changing table, toy box, etc.)? And if she wakes up in the middle of the night, at what point do you take her to bed with you?






Nope didn't remove anything, but Hailey isn't much of a climber.  I don't take her to bed with me.  Hailey wakes up, walks to my room, and climbs in bed with me.  My mistake was allowing this.  I should have gotten up and taken her back to bed........I enjoy my sleep though!  LOL


 





 

Mandi - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Chelsye:



Quoting Mandi:




I started my daughter in her toddler bed at  just under two.  She was about 4 months shy of her second birthday.  As far as beginning it.....I just pushed her right in.  We took down the crib and set the toddler bed up, and we never looked back.  Just be prepared that your little one WILL end up in bed with you occasionally and will be able to get up and roam freely now.  Make sure no doors are left unlocked, and that your little one knows his/her boundaries!  I found my Hailey with a window blind cord around her neck as I exited the shower when I thought she was asleep for her nap.  Hailey is now three and is sleeping in a full size bed in her room.  Hope this helps!










Ha! That's funny. My daugher's name is Hayley, also. Great minds think at least a little alike lol.






I'm one of those "never look back" people, too. Another question, though: did you guys remove any other furniture in the room she could climb on (i.e. changing table, toy box, etc.)? And if she wakes up in the middle of the night, at what point do you take her to bed with you?





 

Chelsye - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Mandi:



I started my daughter in her toddler bed at  just under two.  She was about 4 months shy of her second birthday.  As far as beginning it.....I just pushed her right in.  We took down the crib and set the toddler bed up, and we never looked back.  Just be prepared that your little one WILL end up in bed with you occasionally and will be able to get up and roam freely now.  Make sure no doors are left unlocked, and that your little one knows his/her boundaries!  I found my Hailey with a window blind cord around her neck as I exited the shower when I thought she was asleep for her nap.  Hailey is now three and is sleeping in a full size bed in her room.  Hope this helps!






Ha! That's funny. My daugher's name is Hayley, also. Great minds think at least a little alike lol.



I'm one of those "never look back" people, too. Another question, though: did you guys remove any other furniture in the room she could climb on (i.e. changing table, toy box, etc.)? And if she wakes up in the middle of the night, at what point do you take her to bed with you?

Mandi - posted on 02/18/2009

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I started my daughter in her toddler bed at  just under two.  She was about 4 months shy of her second birthday.  As far as beginning it.....I just pushed her right in.  We took down the crib and set the toddler bed up, and we never looked back.  Just be prepared that your little one WILL end up in bed with you occasionally and will be able to get up and roam freely now.  Make sure no doors are left unlocked, and that your little one knows his/her boundaries!  I found my Hailey with a window blind cord around her neck as I exited the shower when I thought she was asleep for her nap.  Hailey is now three and is sleeping in a full size bed in her room.  Hope this helps!

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