Toddler bed transition help?

Kristen - posted on 12/23/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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We just changed our daughters crib into a toddler bed. The first night she did great, last night was horrible. She kept waking up everytime I left her room and screaming. She was up all night. Any advice on how to make this easier?

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Tanya Bauer - posted on 12/24/2008

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UPDATE...Naptime went well and bedtime went even better! I rocked Colleen for a few minutes like normal and she fell fast asleep. I lay her down in her bed and didn't hear from her until around 8 this morning! Hopefully naptime today will go just as well! I will be starting a big girl bedtime routine in a couple of weeks when the bed transition has fully taken effect. Don't want to do too much at once. I hope everyone else has luck with their transition!

Angela - posted on 12/23/2008

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When I transitioned my son, he was 19mths. We had another baby fastly approaching, so I wanted to get him used to his toddler bed before she arrived. We first put him in there and he hated it.. Then I went out and bought one of those guard rails. they have polls on the bottom and you place the polls under the mattress and it stays in place. This worked like a charm. I bought ours at Target! it helps them feel safe and secure like when he was in the crib! The first night with the rail, he splet all night and I haven't removed the rail since. We also have the bed up against the wall, so I only had to buy one rail, but you can buy two and get the same result if you don't feel comfortable putting the bed against the wall! it has a blue lining with a mesh screen. Seriously, it works great!

Tarilyn - posted on 12/23/2008

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The transition from a crib can be a VERY hard one! How old is your daughter? Was she climbing out of her crib? Honestly if she wasn't climbing out, I would say put her back in it! My daughter was climbing out of a crib before a year old! (Not fun I tell you!) We tried and tried and tried the toddler bed! (Our crib was a 4 in 1 and honestly to me, the BIGGEST waste of money for my daughter...because she hated the toddler bed) She climbed the sides of the toddler bed just like the crib. Finally after trying for 5 months, with the toddler bed, I gave in and we bought her a twin bed, we put side rails on both sides so she felt more secure and now at 18.5 months old, she sleeps in it all night every night and even naps in it (on the days she opts to nap). We got her sleeping in a twin bed, by added new "big girl" things to her bedtime routine. She got to buy new big girl pajamas, and a new big girl bed set (that she picked out herself) and a new fleece Hannah Montana blanket (she's a hug fan lol), and a teddy bear and then she got a new book of bed time stories and every night she gets to pick a story and a pair of big girl pj's and take her hannah blanket and curl up in her bed with myself or daddy (whoever is home...me more so then daddy), have her story and then get tucked in. She is free to get out of bed and play, but the rule is you have to go back to your bed for sleeps! If you don't sleep in the bed (as she likes to sit up in the corner behind the door and sleep sitting upright...weird I know lol), then the next day she gets no treat for dessert (usually just a plain tea cookie of sorts), however if she DOES get back into it, then she gets her treat! Many people say they don't believe in bribing their kids, but that's now how I see what I am doing. I see it as, giving her options, if she wants her treat, she needs to work for it. Now, 1.5 months after putting her into a twin bed, every night even if she gets up to play after we put her to bed, she gets back in it herself and sleeps the night through in it! Another thing we did, is we took a picture of the 3 of us, and sat it on her night table, so anytime she missed us or wanted to know where we were, she could look at it and see us! I found that really helped as well! Good Luck! Let us know how it goes!! It get's easier! You just need the patience!!

Tanya Bauer - posted on 12/23/2008

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We actually just changed our little girl to a toddler bed yesterday! She wouldn't go to sleep on her own and I rocked her to sleep and she woke up around 4 a.m.(she didn't eat a lot at dinner so this is normal) and after an hour I just brought her in the bed with us so we all could get some sleep. For naptime today I lay her down like always but after a half an hour of "mischief" I got her and then when I tried again a half hour later we tried again and after some walking around the room she got back in bed, I tucked her in and sat next to her bed on the floor holding her hand until she fell asleep then after a few minutes to make sure she really was asleep I crept out of her room and It's been about an hour and she is still asleep.

Erin - posted on 12/23/2008

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I feel your pain!! What we did was put up a gate and sat right outside it. We left the door open so she could see us. If she got out of bed we would just put her right back in. If you do not want to leaver her room sit at the bottom of her bed and pretend that you are sleeping and say shhhhhh when she fusses. Do not interact with her because she will think it is a game. There were times that we let her fall asleep at the base of the gate and I would not interact with her (I would put my head down and close my eyes). After she got use to that, every night I would sit further and further away from the gate. It is not fun--I know, but it will get better I promise. You could always try relaxing music in the background to help her calm down!! Good Luck:)

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