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Big girl bed or second crib?

  1. sharpie

    grape / 84 posts

    We moved our son when he was 18 month old to a full sized mattress on the floor with no problem. It's only been two months but he really likes it and doesn't get out until we come get him, but I'm sure that's a personality thing

  2. Happygal

    pomelo / 5000 posts

    I've wondered about this myself! My babies will be 20 months apart, which means I would ideally make the transition to a big bed at 19 months, if we make that switch. I'm going to wait to see if she seems ready, but imagine I'll be keeping her in her crib.

    I bought a cheapo IKEA crib, so it's not a big dent in the pocket.

  3. mfa_lady

    pomegranate / 3921 posts

    @sharpie: So good to know!

    @Happygal: This is what I'm afraid of, too. Ha! I mean, we'll have to buy something either way, so it certainly won't kill us to buy a toddler bed and then have to buy a new big-person mattress later down the line. I think I'm being stubborn which is probably REALLY unwise--if the kids sleeps in her crib, let her sleep, right? Waaahhh. So many decisions.

  4. Happygal

    pomelo / 5000 posts

    @mfa_lady: it's funny that this is one of the first things I started to think about early on. Probably because sleep is so precious. I'm glad you posted this question--seeing the varied responses makes me realize we should wait until it's closer to that time and we can make our decision based on whether she's ready.

  5. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @mfa_lady: My daughter was ready around 20-22 months. She slept way better in our bed than she was sleeping in her crib. So we got her room set up and she started napping in there and then we switched her.

    Now little man is 19 months and no where near ready for a bed. He still sleeps in a ball on his stomach and wouldn't know what to do with a pillow and sheets. Eventually he will move to the other twin in big sisters room, but for now we will put the baby in our room in a second crib.

  6. runnerd

    pear / 1593 posts

    @mfa_lady: had to come find this thread to say I'm sitting here on pins and needles - attempting first nap in toddler bed!!! Eeeek. He's been very resistant to bedtime/naps lately but settles pretty quickly. So I fully expected he would wander his room crying, but he let me read a few books laying in bed then just stared at me as I left the room. 15min in and he hasn't attempted to get up or made a peep!

  7. delight

    pomelo / 5326 posts

    At that age I would have kept my DD in her crib. She's 32 months and has always been a great crib sleeper. We are planning on transitioning this summer when she turns 3 so the new baby can have her crib. But if she had been under two I would have invested in a new crib or borrowed from a friend! You could still have months and months and months of great crib sleep!!!

  8. PinkElephant

    grapefruit / 4576 posts

    My first two are 22 months apart and we bought a second crib. DD1 still sleeps in her crib at nearly 4 (we took one side off around the time she turned three, so it looks like a crib-sized day bed). DD2's crib is still set up like a crib at almost 2 years old, and I'll be leaning towards converting her bed to a daybed like DD1's and buying baby #3 yet another crib. I have a toddler bed from friends on hand if we opt to give it to DD2 instead of her current crib.

    Both cribs are actually UK "cots" rather than "cot beds", which makes them a bit smaller than most US cribs that convert to beds, and they're plenty big enough. I like the versatility of a small crib/bed because it allows me to play with room set up and leaves more space for other furniture and toys.

  9. maddyz

    persimmon / 1270 posts

    Mine will be 19 months apart. Knowing lo1 there is no way he will stay in a toddler bed. He slept on a floor bed until about 9 months when he started happily roaming the house in the middle of the night getting into stuff. He's staying behind bars until climbing out becomes a problem... That might be a lot sooner then I want. The kid is not intimated by walls and climbs everything...

  10. mfa_lady

    pomegranate / 3921 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: See, this is how DD is--she moves around the bed SO much and sleeps in a ball. I can't keep a blanket on her no matter how hard I try.

    @runnerd: Ahh! How's it going now? Good progress?

    @delight: @PinkElephant: @maddyz: I'm leaning in the second crib direction, too. We'll see!

  11. mfa_lady

    pomegranate / 3921 posts

    @runnerd: Hey! Any update? How'd the transition go?

  12. runnerd

    pear / 1593 posts

    @mfa_lady: he has taken naps in the toddler bed on the weekends with lots of success, but the one night I tried he ended up in bed with me after about 4 hours

    We're planning to do all naps and nighttime sleep in toddler bed this weekend - FX and wish me luck!! He just transitioned to all naps at daycare on a mat, so hoping that will help since he is doing well there.

  13. mfa_lady

    pomegranate / 3921 posts

    @runnerd: Oooh, good luck! Hope this weekend is a huge success!!

  14. runnerd

    pear / 1593 posts

    @mfa_lady: back with my latest update I'm really happy we decided to go for it!! Our not-that-great-of-a-sleeper toddler has impressed us so much with how well he is doing with the transition!

    6 nights in a row tucked into his toddler bed. 3 of 6 he STTN, and cheerfully read books sitting on his bed waiting for us to come get him; the other 3 nights he slept until around 1am, and didn't want to lay back down in the bed so ended up with us, then back in crib to finish the night. Still - I have been amazed that every single night he goes to sleep without a fuss, and the nights he sleeps through, he treats his bed pretty respectfully and mostly lays there until we go get him.

  15. Mrs. Deer

    blogger / persimmon / 1231 posts

    Our girls were 22 months apart. I'm pretty frugal and couldn't stand to purchase another crib. She transitioned to a twin bed with a toddler railing right before her 2nd birthday. She went bed shopping with us and loved it. we kept her in her sleep sack and just had a fitted sheet on the bed. She'd already been sleeping with a small toddler pillow in her crib and was pretty good about staying on it. She also loved her crib aquarium and would use it to look at books so we actually mounted it to the wall right next to her. after a few months we put the sheets and blankets on, just needed to re-tuck her in sometimes. All in all it went much smoother than my anxious-self predicted.

  16. QBbride

    pomegranate / 3192 posts

    A second crib. The answer is always a second crib.

    My kids are two years apart and I didn't buy a second crib right away because I didn't know whether my oldest would still be in his. Welllll he's almost three and LOVES his crib! He's a great sleeper, why would I mess with that?! I know he'll be a nightmare when he's in a big boy bed. Do not poke the bear.


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