Stephanie - posted on 08/13/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
My daughter turns 18 months in just a few days and my husband and I are contemplating converting her crib into a "big girl bed." One of my sisters did the same thing with her youngest daughter at 18 months and it worked WONDERS for her sleeping habits. My other sister had her kids in toddler beds right after they learned to walk. On the other hand, my mother in law thinks it's too early and that there are hazards in the room that we may not think our daughter will get into. I REALLY do not know what to do. My daughter is not a terrible sleeper, but I do still rock her a bit- usually long enough to read her a book or two and then she's asleep. She CAN sleep through the night, but more often then not she wakes up at least one-two times a night. I think she may be more comfortable in a toddler bed and I think it will help us transition to not rocking her anymore. I'd love to be able to lay her in her bed and read to her while she falls asleep. Unfortunately she is a light sleeper, so I don't know how we'd handle keeping her in the room without just keeping the door closed like usual. I know some people put up a baby gate and leave the door open, but I guarantee she will wake up anytime someone goes to use the restroom which is across from her room. All in all....I just need everyone's opinion on the right age for toddler beds and how they went about the transition. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!