Transition to toddler bed

Molly - posted on 03/12/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is just over 2 years old and we have traded in her crib for her toddler bed. At first she had a difficult time wanting to sleep in her bed all night. We didn't want to get her in the habit of sleeping with us so I would lay on the floor beside her and rub her back until she told me good night. After about a week she was sleeping in her bed no problems and rarely did I have to lay there for more than 2 minutes. Now I have noticed that now with nap time she wants to snuggle on the floor then get in her bed. Is this problematic or is it okay?

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Glenda - posted on 03/16/2009

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i had similar problem with my son. his crib was a convertible crib and so at about 2 1/2 yrs of age we opened it up. He refused to take his nap that day and at 11pm he was still up refusing to sleep in it. So at that time we replaced the crib rail. try it again a few times but he refused.

we went out and bought a separate toddler bed, borrowed a mattress from my nieghbor (she no longer used) and placed the toddler bed right next to his crib. He refused the toddler bed for a few days. Then I removed the crib rail and opened it up for the toddler bed. That night he looked at his crib (now a toddler bed) and at the new bed and went right into the new bed. He never went back to his crib.

I think in the end what worked was that he had 2 choices and he had the freedom to pick one without us pressuring him.

now if potty training were that easy..hmmm



Good luck!

User - posted on 03/16/2009

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i was surprised at how well my son transitioned to his toddler bed. hes 21months and we just made a new big boy blanket for him and got all excited and he slept in it perfectly on the first night and has done so every night since. he takes naps in their without a problem. its so cute when he gets really tired he grabs a book and hops into his bed and is ready to be read to and i sit in on the floor next to his bed and he is usually fast asleep before i get half way threw the book. he has never slept with my husband and i so i dont know if that did anything to help or not or maybe we just got really lucky. every kid is different. best of luck to ya :)

Sarah - posted on 03/15/2009

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I am still having trouble transitioning my daughter to her toddler bed. She does not want to sleep in she would rather sleep with us. Partly my fault because I was putting her to sleep there first then putting her into her bed after she fell asleep. How do I break the cycle?

Tanith - posted on 03/15/2009

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I put mine in toddler bed and then sit on floor next to her and read her two pages from a book. works a charm, she knows I am there if she needs me and after that Ij ust kiss her good night and walk out. I like this as i get my "reading to her" done twice a day (arvo naps and night) which is going to help her vocabulary later in life and she loves the security of me being there...and honestly, these days, if I lay in the floor with her I would probably fall asleep myself hehe. Your best option is to start good habbits now that you would want to continue her whole life. My eldest is ten and I did the same with her, now every night she read a book for half an hour in bed before sleeping and she is an A student in english at school - and has been since reception.

Molly - posted on 03/13/2009

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Yvonne,

I agree I would love to snuggle on her bed. Unfortunately the weight restriction for her toddler bed is 50 lbs. Me being almost 6 ft and 250lbs, I am terrified I would bend the metal and get stuck. Haha!!! I think that is probably what I may have to try when actually transfering her to her twin bed.

Yvonne - posted on 03/13/2009

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i would of snuggled on her bed with her then when shes asleep put a teddy in your place then leave the room, dont worry though just tell her she is a big girl now and make her feel proud!! good luck ill be doin the same in a few months with my son!

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It could go either way....maybe you should have a cuddle on the couch with a book or something and then putting her down for a nap might help her to be reassured that you will be there when she wakes up.

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