What method did you use when switching from Crib to Toddler bed when they share a room?

Melissa - posted on 06/20/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My twins are 2 1/2 and daughter is in regular crib, I had to put a crib tent in for my son at about 16 months because he learned to crawl out. I knew he wasn't ready at all to switch to a toddler bed at that time. My daughter now, still doesn't try to crawl out of her crib...but, we do think it's time to get them into their toddler beds. I am wondering, should I separate them into their own rooms in the toddler bed or would that just be too much change at once? I initially thought I would put them in their toddler beds in the room they share,(separate them later) but I am concerned that no one will get their sleep this way. Especially naps!? At the same time, I do not want to traumatize them by separating them AND new beds all at once? What did you do?

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Joy - posted on 06/27/2011

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My twin girls are 2 and a half and still never try to crawl out of their cribs! Thank goodness! We are definitely going to keep them in their cribs until they reach 3 in order to preserve naptime. No rush! The girls have plenty of room and since we're not potty training yet, there's no real reason for them to be able to get out of bed. I'm on the waiting til 3 bandwagon! P.S. I do think that twins, whatever the sex can be separated quite early if that's the plan in your house...to have separate bedrooms. Our have slept separately since 10 months. The girls reunite after each nap and each morning excited to see each other but totally recognize each other's personal sleep space!

Bryna - posted on 06/24/2011

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Hey I have the same situtation as you Melissa. Only difference is mine have always been in separate rooms. My daughter, like yours has not climbed out of the crib and my son is also in a crib tent but it's open not zipped. I am going to hold out until they are close to 3 in January and get the toddler beds going. I am afraid they will lose those naps. I am going to hold out because there is no rush to move them. Let them stay til 3 and enjoy your sleep and naps for a while longer.

Stacie - posted on 06/21/2011

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well we put our twin boys in toddler beds early. once they started climbing out we converted the beds. they share a room and yes they rolled out alot. I had to make a hug roll that attached to the bed to help one of them stop from rolling out. our night time routine started with laying down me reading a book and then my husband and i would sit and pat their back tell they fell a sleep. we did this for a long time and we just now started leaving the room after i read a book. yes they get up some times and try to play but we just go in and don't say anything lay them back down and go back out. so far they are doing really good with it. only problem we have is sometimes they get up in the middle of the night and get in our bed. i'm a hard sleeper so alot of the time i won't know till they have been their awhile. when i do notice i just put them back in their bed. i don't think my boys would do good in separte rooms they look for each other. although their is no way they could share a bed i do think if we put them in seperate rooms they would try.

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