The Big Girl Bed

I long thought that I would keep my kids in a crib until they could physically launch themselves from it (which Kendall did at 20 months), or they broke it from being too big. Why mess with a system that allows you to legally cage your kid for the purpose of sleep, right?

Truth is, I expected Leyna to break free of her cell long before now. She’s much more of a climber than Kendall ever was, and has climbed INTO her crib more than a handful of times. But never out.

We started preparing for the big transition when we set up her antique rod iron twin bed that my mom salvaged and refinished for her late last summer. But she kept right on with staying in the crib. Not so much sleeping in it, though. More like cat napping and whining and throwing her paci from it.

The last few months have been pretty brutal when it comes to her sleep patterns. She was constantly flopping around the crib, crying out and waking herself. Several times we had to go in and rescue a frustrated arm or leg from between the slats.

Now, I know if it ain’t broke, one shouldn’t fix it. Which is exactly why I wasn’t all that hesitant to go ahead and boot her from the crib and into her “big girl bed” this weekend. Because that situation was busted. I didn’t think it could get much worse.

And you know what? It didn’t! It actually got better. Granted, it’s only been 2 nights and one nap, so THIS IS NOT ME BRAGGING, UNIVERSE. Just pleasantly surprised. That’s all.

She’s always been great at falling asleep. It’s just the staying asleep she has problems with. She goes right to sleep when we lay her down, just like she did with her crib, and we’ve only woken once each night to help her. To our knowledge, she’s only wound up on the floor (atop all those fluffy throw pillows) once, and she just fell right back to sleep there.

I was most worried about nap, but she slept for 3 hours without ever getting out of bed, and called for us when she woke.

Again, NOT BRAGGING, UNIVERSE. Just, you know, documenting.

Because maybe it will regress once she realizes she can get out of bed… but maybe it won’t. Kendall transitioned to his big boy bed by this age, and it was smooth sailing after the initial adjustment period (which included a nap time where I found him standing on top of a 3 foot bookshelf).

A small part of me is selfishly looking forward to putting that crib away for a bit, and making some room in there for the kids to play. It’s been so crowded with both beds set up. And, of course, I loved picking out new bedding that coordinated with all the pieces I made for her nursery (Pottery Barn Kids Elephant Organic Cotton duvet and sham found on eBay). Tiny elephants! The cute!

So we’ll see how it goes.

If the transition this week isn’t torture, we’re going to pack the crib away and go with it. I’d like to give it a little bit of a break before the next baby anyway.