How old was your little one?

@fatragu (349)
United States
June 22, 2007 10:46pm CST
How old was your little one when you started trying to get them to sleep in a toddler bed? I have a 2 yr old who sleeps in her own toddler bed in her very own room. I also have a 1 yr old who sleeps in a pack and play in her own room but tonight spent 30 minutes cuddled up in her sisters bed and threw a fit when I made her get out so that we could leave the room so that my oldest could get some sleep. We tried with my oldest right after she had turned 1 and it didn't work so well. We finally got her sleeping in the bed by herself because we moved in with my mom for 3 months and we weren't able to bring anything but clothes with us so she had to sleep in a twin bed. I am wondering if anyone has any advice for making it a smooth transition besides taking down her crib which I plan to do as soon as we get her a bed. Thank you for all of the advice!
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
23 Jun 07
My daughter is 20 months so I haven't put her in a toddler bed yet. I'm planning on making the switch for her 2nd birthday. A new bed is going to be one of her birthday presents. What I'm planning on doing to make the transition is to let her pick out her favorite blanket and stuffed animal to sleep with and make it a really big deal to be sleeping in a big girl bed. I'm hoping for an easy transition but who knows.
@fatragu (349)
• United States
23 Jun 07
That is how we did it with my 2 yr old. We got her a toddler bed and went to Walmart to let her pick out some sheets to go on it and she got a blanket for it too. She wouldn't sleep on it but she would go and play on it during the day time. If she got tired during the day she would go into her room and climb into her bed to take a nap. I finally had to convince her that it was neat to sleep in her bed like a big girl because after Mommy put her to bed she could get up and play with her toys.
@tina12679 (1126)
• United States
23 Jun 07
My oldest who is six kinna told us when she was ready when she tried to climb out of her crib one evening and fell on her head, she didnt get hurt but we didnt want to take the chance of her doing it again. So we put her directly into a twin bed which she loved but was aprehnsive about sleeping in but i layed with her a few nights untill she went to sleep and then i started getting out of the bed beofre she was alseep and she would get up and come out to the livning room so we gated her door to her room and i told her that it was there to keep her in her bed like the crib had a gate to keep her in it and she didnt get out of her bed anymore. My other daughter was a bit more complicated and was never normal. She wouldnt sleep in a crib or bassinett or pack and play as a baby the only thing she would sleep in was her swing. when we moved to a smaller place and there wasnt any room for her swing she acually started sleeping in this luxury car seat that we had it was very comfy and it reclined back much like a swing and she slept in it for a while. then i figured it was time to get her out of that she was getting to big for it. And i managed to put a pack and play half in my room and half in the hall where we were living at the time becasue it was too small of a bedroom to put it in it. we moved shortly after that and she still slept in a pack and play for a while even after she could get in and out of it. We had a bed that was all hers in her sisters room but she didnt want to have anything to do with it. Then i had to put my foot down. with a crib in my room becasue i have a son too who is 2 years younger then her and a newborn at this time and her in a pack and play my hubby and i werent getting alone time. so i took her into her sisters room one night and layed with her untill she went to sleep and she must of realized how cool it was cause she went to bed from then on in in her own bed wothout a fuss. My son is almost 2 now and he loves his crib i dont know when he might be ready to get into a bed. He has his own room but when i tell him it is nap time or bed time he claps his hands and goes right to it and tries to get in. So i have yet to see how i will get him into his own bed knowing that he will be in his own room and not have his sister there for moral support like my first daughter was for my second.
@tina12679 (1126)
• United States
23 Jun 07
i forgot to add that my oldest wasnt quite 2 yet i think when she got in her bed. And my second daughter was about 2 and half.
@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
27 Jun 07
My daughter is still in a cot for the moment & we wont be getting a toddler bed - it just means when she's too big she'll need a normal bed & it's too much of a hassle! We'll get her an adult's Queen sized bed, plenty of room, less chance of her falling but all of this wont be happening until she's 2! Everyone i have spoken to about this has said they've transferred kids to a normal bed around the age of 2! Here in Australia, those toddler beds aren't overly popular coz you need to replace them with a normal bed too quickly, it's far easier just to get a normal 'single' bed & put in the railings if necessary!