persimmon / 1286 posts
DS is 3.5 and still happily in a crib. New baby will come a little after he turns 4, but she will be getting a new crib anyway as his is trashed. My parents keep bugging me to move him to a real bed but he loves the crib! We actually stayed in a hotel Sat and he refused the pack and play they had, so he slept on the couch in a pillow nest and it went fine. I might switch him in early Fall, once we get back from the beach, (don’t want him in a bed possibly wandering in a non childproofed house) but will need to contain him in his room.
pomegranate / 3192 posts
Just before 3 with both of them. I figured at that point they could actually understand staying in their beds etc. It worked well for us, there was really no transition for either of them!!
With my daughter (just switched her a few nights ago) I’ve kept her crib set up and told her if she doesn’t stay in bed then she has to go back into her crib. That’s pretty good motivation to stay in her big girl bed
grapefruit / 4361 posts
@pachamama: 20 months. His sleep had gone to crap and he could climb out of the crib, too.
My 4 big tips are:
1. Convert the crib OR move the big bed into the room NOW and start doing bedtime routine there, to ease the transition. We had his bed in there from day 1, so when he moved over, it was a familiar place.
2. Be ready to sleep train again.
, after a period of adjustment.
3. Put a doorknob cover on the inside doorhandle at least temporarily!!
4. If your monitor allows you to speak to LO, do it!! Reassure him that you love him and you're watching and he needs to *back up in bed.* sing lullabies etc.
pear / 1975 posts
@lioneyes: so happy to see your response. I often feel weird saying DD is still in her crib at 3.5 but she loves it! Whenever we talk about moving to a big bed she freaks out and tells us how much she loves her crib
We are moving next month and we haven't really figured out our plan. It seems mean to set up the big bed when she is in a new house and state. I also worry it will disrupt her sleep more than necessary. But it seems silly to set up the crib knowing we'll have to switch soon...
honeydew / 7463 posts
LO1 had just turned 3. I would have kept him longer and he would have been fine. But I was pregnant and he’s heavy and it got so hard to get him in and out of the crib.
No regrets and unless LO2 climbs out, I’ll keep him in at least as long.
I found at 3 that he had the maturity to stay in bed and we could explain/reason/bribe him. He understood the OK to Wake clock at that age which also made things significantly easier.
He’s been in a bed for almost a year now and he’s gotten out of bed TWICE! That’s it.
persimmon / 1259 posts
It was just before DD was 2 1/2. We had transitioned to the toddler bed with a bumper for about 2 months before switching to her big girl bed. She's really long and just seemed ready for more room. We went to a full size mattress on the floor. That has worked out really well for us so far. I love laying down and reading books with her in bed!
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