Time for a "big boy" bed?

Amanda - posted on 10/29/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am wondering if anyone has any tips about making the switch from the crib to the big-boy bed!

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Alison - posted on 11/04/2008

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I'd say just go for it too...i think with my son we had him sleep with the side of the crib in the down position for a few nights (he had learned how to climb out very easily even with the side up), then we got rid of the crib and put the twin bed in its place, up against a wall on one side and we had one of those side rail thingies on the other side for awhile.he transitioned amazingly easily, but has always been a big sleeper...

Good luck!

Kristi-Lee - posted on 11/04/2008

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I was Quite Lucky , I put my daughter into a big bed with bed railings of course, & got her a new "special" doona cover. I took away the cot completely.she only escaped once lol. as long as she has her "doggy" she loves going to bed...

Shirley - posted on 11/04/2008

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Have a party...a big boy bed party...when you decide on "theme" for bedding, have him go shopping with you to pick it out...better yet...give him a choice to two things and have him pick it out...then when you go home have him help you get the room ready...that first time, make it a big event that he gets to sleep in the new bed....worked really well with my daughter!

Stacy - posted on 11/04/2008

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And of course, I do the whole, reading, singing, pick your sound on the soundmachine deal every single night. She's pretty content and worn out from all the choices she gets to make just getting to the bed to have any complaints about being in it.

Stacy - posted on 11/04/2008

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We took the side off and put up the safety rails. Put a bean bag on the floor in case she fell out (only once) and I lined the bed with stuffed animals (at her request) and I put the Twilight Turtle I invested in at her birth (O M G FANTASTIC ITEM it reflects the stars in our constilation on the ceiling in 3 different colors) in bed with her.



I put a gate up at her door. (second floor room) and let her rip. She was a little fruity with her new found freedom and wanted out of the room a lot at first. I just let her deal with it herself. Sometimes I found her asleep at the foot of the door, but mostly she's still in bed the next morning. I do not go into her room at all throughout the night unless she is barfing. I do however glue myself to the monitor, just in case.



Hope this helps. :)

Nicola - posted on 11/03/2008

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Oh & a nightlight is essential but not too bright because my daughter started the 'I'm scared of monsters' routine to try & get out of sleeping in her bed until we realised it was the shadows the lamp made so we bought a dim nightlight which worked or one of those light up teddy bears to take to bed

Nicola - posted on 11/03/2008

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Hi when I was trying to get my daughter from her cot into her bed we put the bed in her room with the cot for at least a week & spent everyday reading books & having day time naps on the bed so she got used to it & eventually she wanted to sleep on her bed. We also used her cot mattress on the bed for a while so it was familiar. There were a few nights where she would cry herself to sleep & fall asleep on the floor but just leave them there - it will do no harm & eventually they will just stay in their bed. She would get her toys out sometimes & make a mess but would soon get into her bed when she was tired & fall asleep on her own. Now at age 3 keeping a strict bedtime routine (pyjamas, dimmed lights, bedtime story) is still the only way we can keep her in her room happily. Good luck.

Wendy - posted on 11/02/2008

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id say just go for it with the min of fuss i did and both mine have adapted brilliant

Aimee - posted on 11/02/2008

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Daniel saw his toddler bed in the living room standing up on end and thought it was a ladder, I explained that it was his "Big Boy bed" and he helped me "clean it" with a washcloth. He wanted us to move it to his room so I did and we put his crib mattress, blankie etc on it. He played on it for about an hour. He wanted to sleep there until it came time for us to leave the room - we ended up with him in his crib that night. The next night we did the same thing and he slept in the big boy bed all night and has ever since. About 2 weeks later we moved the crib across the room and moved his bed into the crib slot, 2 days later we moved the crib out of his room and he didnt care. Basically, we didnt make a big deal about it - it was his choice. I think some people hype it up too much and it overwhelms the kids. Just like potty training - they will let you know when they are ready and if you try it and it doesnt work go back to the crib for a couple of weeks and try again. Do remember to get a baby gate for the doorway to their room or they will wonder the house at night!

Kathryn - posted on 10/31/2008

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If you have the room set it up for awhile. I'd say even longer than a week. Everyday spend time in it reading. Put all his crib toys and blankies on it and talk to him about it. I was worried myself but my sons bed was a built in bunk, because it was always there he was very used to it. He transitioned well and loves it.

Lara - posted on 10/29/2008

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We got our son a toddler bed and moved his mattress from the crib into it so it would be familiar. Then we just made a big deal about how cool his race car bed was and sat down with him while he looked around at it. I can't say it's ever easy, but you just keep reminding him about his new big boy bed and pretty soon he won't remember his crib....Hope this helps!

Melissa - posted on 10/29/2008

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We set up Christian's bed next to his crib and for a few days he would sit in it and lay down but always want his crib to sleep. After about 5 days he wanted to sleep in his big boy train bed!

Ashley - posted on 10/29/2008

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What seemed to help alot was a night light, the first few nights were a terror until I put in a nightlight for him. Try not to have any favorite toys in the room, or he will be up playing for awhile (and may end up sleeping on the floor either way.) Best of luck! :)

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