My toddler escaped his crib last night.  He did it the night before too.

Our little escape artist tiptoed quietly out of his room, silently stepped down the hall, entered our room and stood at the foot of our bed.  He stared at me while I nursed his baby sister with a look of mischief, pride, excitement, all of the above on his face. Outwardly I tried not to make a big deal out of the jailbreak, yet inwardly I dreaded that this day has come.

Our 2.5 year old son doesn’t have a good track record in the sleep department, you see.  It seems like it was just a short while ago that he finally began sleeping through the night.  With a new baby sister in the house, we weren’t in any rush to make the switch to his big boy bed.  Too many changes.  For him and for us.  Since baby’s arrival he’s been taking longer to fall asleep at night and has been waking earlier.  But he was staying put!

Now that he’s not staying in his safe little sleep space I’m nervous about him wandering around the house and would hate for him to get hurt.  It’s time to act.  But how!?

The Baby Sleep Site recommends talking to your toddler about making the switch ahead of time and warns to be prepared for the inevitable wandering in and out of bed.  Baby Center suggests throwing a “Big Bed” party. Cheeky Chops sleep & parenting consultants offer tips such as getting your child involved by picking out the bed or bed linens and making your child comfortable on the bed by cuddling on it, and reading together before you leave the room.

So we’ll start some conversations to plan for the big switch, prepare for a few weeks of chaotic transition, pick out some awesome bedding together, and come to terms with the fact that our little boy is growing up. Until then, we’re likely to hear the pitter patter of his footsteps and receive a middle of the night visit after he makes his great escape.

When did your little one make the switch from crib to bed?  What did you do?  How did it go?

  buddhiLove & buddhiHugs

              Harmony

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