ready or not, it’s big girl bed time

We will be making the transition to a big girl bed this weekend.  I had planned on waiting until well after the new baby arrives, but a storm of different circumstances has made it readily apparent that now is the time (2 year molars, anyone?  Whew!), and I feel like it’s now or three months from now, because I don’t want to be navigating this change while we are welcoming Baby Sister into the house.  So, this weekend it is!  I read that it can be fun to let the toddler pick out her bedding, so we made a quick Ikea run this morning, and I gave Vivi a few choices, and she picked the rainbow dots above.  I think it was a smart choice.  I’m not planning on changing too much in her room, as I don’t want to rock the peanut boat too much before the biggest change of her life arrives, so I’m trying to keep it as minimally invasive as possible.  I’ll admit it, though – I’m terrified.  Vivi has done remarkably well with every other transition up until this point while I have dreaded each one.  I’m praying she will surprise me again this time.  Any words of wisdom or encouragement as we navigate this change?

(p.s. Happy 2013 – hope all of you enjoyed a Merry Christmas!)

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9 Responses to “ready or not, it’s big girl bed time”

  1. Oh man, I will be eagerly awaiting any updates you post on how this goes. Knox is still in his crib and doing well so I’m happy to keep him in there as long as possible because I just know the transition will be a disaster and I’m terrified of him not napping. Good luck! Love the bedding.

  2. Molly says:

    I know with the toddlers at my school it was advised that you tell her the “plan” ahead of time (bedtime routine, expectations at night and in the am, etc.) and that you rehearse it with her before the actual bedtime. Also, I’ve heard there are special stoplight clocks that give children visual cues for when they should stay in bed or can get out. Good luck! I look forward to hearing how it goes!

  3. Ann says:

    V already has her molars coming in so I’ve been wondering myself when to put her in a toddler bed. I know the transition is right around the corner. Keep me updated how the change goes : )

  4. Guest says:

    I found that the only real problem is keeping them in bed. My daughter has a nightlight called “Rainbow In My Room” and it’s a nice distraction. My son has a solar system light. Good luck!

  5. Sarav says:

    I’m just expecting my first child, so I have no real life experience to bring. I feel that if you keep things positive and exciting for your little girl, she will be more than happy to embrace this new adventure with your support (and a 90% chance of a few tears:) Good luck!

  6. msenesac says:

    Good luck! I’m sure it will go great! And she made a great choice!

  7. Sarah Roberts says:

    Prayer and lots of praise has worked wonders for us. We switched to a big boy bed when we moved. I was nervous because it was a lot of change for him but he is so proud of “his big boy room!”

  8. alanna oster says:

    Oh my goodness. We are living through the exact same thing! E stopped sleeping b/c of a molar coming in, we have a 6 month old waiting for the crib, so we thought, lets do it now! It is not going well…but we are still alive. Mostly. I imagine your girl will do better though, our E is a very “spirited” little guy. After trying everything–EVERYTHING– last night I just shut his door (which he can’t open). Would you believe he went right to sleep? No crying. Same thing for his nap today. Crazy kid. So my encouragement? Just keep trying. You’ll figure it out. :)

  9. Sunshine says:

    Precious choices, can’t wait to see them in place! My advice would be to set up the new bed and let her get used to seeing it and playing on it for a day or so… we made the mistake of tearing down the crib and setting up the new bed all in the same evening while our little one watched, which we realized after a very very rough first night was a pretty traumatic event for our little crib climber!

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