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What’s On My Mind Monday – Is it too Soon for a Toddler Bed?

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about when is the right time to move LA into a toddler bed. He will be 16 months old on the 20th. We spoke with his pediatrician and she said it’s fine to do it now. In fact, she said do it now or wait til after baby Adelle is born. I don’t want to wait until we move the new baby into LA’s room to move him out because I don’t want him thinking she took his room. I don’t know how well he will do making the move at this point though. In a way I think it’s ideal to do it now so he will be adjusted before our new arrival in February but then the other part of me says it’s too soon and he won’t stay in bed. What if he gets up in the middle of the night and I don’t hear him? The stairs to our basement are blocked off by a baby gate so it’s not the stairs I would be worried about, but he could get into other things. There are so many things to consider when making this change. It makes me nervous, as I am sure it does any mom! 🙂

If you had babies close in age, how did you decide when to make that change? If you didn’t have babies close together, when did you make that change? How did it go? What’s your advice to me on making the change? Thanks so much! 🙂 Happy Monday!

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  1. Forgetful Mom says:

    My DD was 21 months when we moved her to a toddler bed, Santa brought it for her and she started sleeping in it right away. Like you we were expecting and we didn’t want it to seem like the new baby was taking her bed. She did great at night; naps time were a bit harder. I started out sitting beside her bed until she was sleeping, then half-way in the room, by the door, etc. Within 2 weeks she was napping without a problem. Good luck.

  2. Our first 2 were 18 months apart, we started transitioning Manasseh to the toddler bed around 15 months, he was already climbing out of the crib, so it was a safety issue anyway. He struggled with the transition for about a week, then was okay. We did keep a gate in his doorway to help him stay in his room at night (he climbed the gate)

    Our second and third are 21 months apart. Cassius JUST moved to a toddler bed tonight – at 22 months. He will not stay in it, but he was also climbing out of the crib. We keep a gate at the top of the stairs – where his room is – and he cries on the other side of it until he falls asleep on the floor.

    It’s a tough call, if you’re able maybe you could have both a crib and toddler bed in his room and let him choose for a little while. My sister has been doing that with my nephew, it seems to work well for them.

  3. My babies are 18 mos apart — Aug and Feb too!
    We needed to transition my daughter to a twin bed because we had decided not to get another crib. The crib she was in converted to a toddler bed, so about this time last year we took one of the sides off. Then we took the other side off. Then we moved in the twin bed about December. Then we slowly moved her to the twin (it has a trundle that we pull out for her to use as a step). Then we converted the toddler bed back to a crib. Then when our son was about 2 or 3 months old we asked her if she wanted him to sleep in the bedroom with her and she said yes, so he started sleeping there for part of the night. I think, in all, the crib to twin bed transition took 3 or 4 months. We just took it slowly and asked her every other week if she was ready to change.
    As for our own sanity, when we took the side off the crib she was still having trouble opening doors so we got lucky. Plus her bedroom is right next to ours. Once she figured out door handles we put a pressure mounted gate in her doorway. Her door opens in so we could put the gate up with the door closed.
    Now she has little interest in the rest of the house — she runs straight to our room when she wakes up and snuggles in bed with us. We still gate the kitchen and have baby proofed the doors to the bathrooms, medicine closet, and the great outdoors for our own sanity.

  4. Make a big deal about it – maybe get some new bedding. If you’re worried about getting out of bed and not hearing him, put a gate in his doorway. Also, explain that you’ll get him in the morning like usual. That helped a friend of mine keep her daughter in bed most days!

    My son is still sleeping in his crib, and has no interest in climbing out. I’ve never referred to it as a crib, always a bed. We’ll be making the transition at Christmas, when Santa delivers new bedding!

  5. I was just having this conversation with a friend the other day! We converted my son’s crib into a toddler bed when he was around 15 months. I was pregnant at the time and was worried that he’d resent the baby if we changed everything and then the baby came, so we decided to leave him in his room and buy a different crib for the new baby. As it was, that baby wasn’t meant to be so those worries didn’t come to fruition for us.

    BUT we really felt like he was ready for a toddler bed so we went ahead and made the conversion even though it seemed early. And I was right; he was ready for a toddler bed. He never played quietly in his crib or anything, so when he was awake, I was awake and having to come get him out of the crib. He slept in his toddler bed the same way. When he wakes up in the middle of the night and isn’t ready to be up for the day he stays in bed and calls for me. In the morning, he comes into my room to get me. Lately (he’s now just shy of 22 months), he’s been joining us in bed occasionally during the night if he’s cold/frightened/just needs to be close.

    He doesn’t like to be the only one awake and moving around the house, so we’ve never had a problem with him wandering off and getting into trouble or playing instead of sleeping in the middle of the night. If he’s awake, he comes and finds us or calls for us to come find him. It was a surprisingly easy and smooth transition. We even learned that he was perfectly capable of walking in his sleep sac! LOL

    Good luck, mama. I’d say, if you feel like he’s ready to be in a toddler bed, go ahead and take the plunge! If you really don’t think he’s ready and JUST want to move him before the baby gets here, you may actually want to wait. It’s possible you could get him excited about a new bed and/or room after the baby if you pitch it to him as something special. With special bedding that he gets to pick out…special paint color/wall decore/room decor that he helps pick out for the room. If he feels involved and like it’s a special thing just FOR HIM, he may be just fine with the change. 🙂

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