Transition from crib to bed?

Tricia - posted on 01/07/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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When did you make the transition and how? My daughter will be 2 on the 17th and sleeps well in her crib. We have another baby on the way in August that will need the crib, so I would like to transition her in the next 6 months or so... is this something I should do earlier or later? I'm so confused!

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Gabrielle - posted on 01/08/2009

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We haven't done the transition yet, but we're going to do it soon (our daughter is 29 months). I would say you should transition your 2-yr-old before the baby comes, so the two events are not connected in her mind. You could certainly tell her the baby needs the crib, but don't let her feel like the baby "kicked her out" of her crib. This will also give you time, since it can take a while for some kids to transition. I've heard some people say you should start by putting just the mattress on the floor, even next to the crib, and let them start that way. Let her pick out some sheets or bring some favorite toys, so she has some control over what's happening. Good luck!

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