Wont sleep in big girl bed

Melissa - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter is 16 months. Lately she has been getting her legs caught in the rungs of the crib, she wakes up at night screaming because her legs are caught. I was worried that she would break her little ankle, so I took the front piece off her crib and bought on of those bedside supports. And whenever I lay her in her bed, she screams and screams. The first night, I gave in and put her crib back together after an hour. But last night, she literally screamed for 2 hours. Even if I was in her room, she was screaming. She just doesnt like it at all. Im not really sure what to do about it!!!


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Debbie - posted on 03/16/2010




I agree with what everyone said above me. I also wanted to state though that they have those crib bumpers that aren't like the old fashioned bumpers that come down easily. I never had any but I saw them and considered getting one. It's like they are tigher on the crib and there's no space for the legs to go through since it doesn't seem to move around on the bars. I think that it was a breathable fabric also. ... I just wanted to mention it in case you want to end up keeping the crib for a bit longer. I just did a google search on "crib bumper breathable" and it shows that even Target sells them for around $20. ... It was just a thought.

Other than that I do think it helps if the child sees it as something they are deciding - by picking out the sheets/blanket or such like that. Then they don't feel like something has been taken away from them.

Brittany - posted on 03/16/2010




my son was 12 months when we moved him from a crib to a toddler bed...and he did great! but when we did it...we went and let him pick out a pair of sheets and a pillowcase...and then he of course kept all the things he slept with in his bed (and added like 3 more blankets lol). maybe if there is a certain character she likes she could go pick out a new sheet and pillowcase...or maybe a new blanket or animal to sleep with. best of luck!!!

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My son's actually only 15 weeks old but I was recently reading an article about this topic. It said that most children make the transition from a cot to a bed between the ages of 18months - 3 1/2 years old. I can see why you want to make this transition with your daughter now and here's some tips the article stated can help:

1. Put the bed in the same place as the cot.

2. Let your child sleep with her old cot blanket, even if it is too small, if she wants to.

3. Take your child along with you when you buy the bed and involve them in the decision.

4. You could throw a special party for the first time your child uses their new bed. When the big day arrives, have a party and invite friends and family. Your child may be so excited about the occasion that the big bed may gain in appeal!

5. Buy a nightlight (if you don't already have one) to make the room feel less scary, or try the luminous stars and moons you can stick on to the ceiling (but make sure she doesn't find them scary).

6. Leave the door ajar or playing comforting music might help make your child's new bed feel more of a pleasure than a pain.

Hope that helps and good luck =]

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