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Well. I think I’ve resigned myself to the fact that we’ll be transitioning lex to her big girl bed sooner than later (my husband still doesn’t believe me that lex can almost escape). She is SUCH a monkey. And as cute as the big girl bedding is- this is a transition I’m so fully not ready for.

I mean. Do we wait to transition her until she’s climbed out (my biggest fear is that she’ll fall on her head and break her neck!)? Do we transition her now? Do we throw a piece of foam under her crib to make her landing gentler? She was having a crib party in her BFF aly’s crib- and climbed herself out of it like it was NOTHING. There was terror written all over my face.

We’re also working through the logistic kinks of when she’s actually IN her bed. I’m fully on board with baby gating her into her room because we have a 2 story house- and who knows what kind of trouble lex will find unsupervised up there… But we want her to learn good habits and stay in bed regardless (says my husband).

For now we fully intend on enjoying the easiness of the crib- how easy she goes down in it. And how easy it is to keep her contained.



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  • November 26, 2013 - 3:45 am

    Lauren - I totally hear you. I will never forget going into my daughter’s room and expecting her in her bed….not so much. Came running into my arms with this blank stare. Does your crib transition to a toddler bed? Ours did and she stayed in that for two years. We JUST moved her to a twin a month ago because we are due in 4 weeks with another baby. She is 4 now and was TOTALLY happy in the toddler bed.
    Lots of luck!

  • November 26, 2013 - 5:36 am

    julie - This is terrifying! I have absolutely no advice. But on a more positive note, could she be any cuter? Oh my word…that face!

  • November 26, 2013 - 6:12 am

    Sara - She is totally a little monkey!! My parents would put doorknob things on so I couldn’t get out, and they could get restful sleep? lol, no ideas here!

  • November 26, 2013 - 6:30 am

    Kristin - OMG, little monkey is right! Look at that little foot trying to grip on! Is it weird I’m already worried about this and Kenley is only a year?

  • November 26, 2013 - 7:48 am

    Colleen - I will not let Owen see these (very adorable!) pictures because I think it will occur to him that he can climb out! I don’t blame you for being worried about her falling, and I have no idea what to do about an easily exited toddler bed…. When you figure it all out DO tell!! xoxo

  • November 26, 2013 - 8:37 am

    Jess - Holy monkey!! I have been dreading this, too…Cam is such a climber, and I get nervous everytime I hear a noise when he’s in his crib. “Was that him falling out?” Haha!! PS I love that she still sleeps with a paci…we cannot break Cam of his! Ugh!

  • November 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

    Ashleigh - My daughter started trying to escape at 18 months, I read somewhere to put their crib mattress on the floor in the crib, of course this only works if the bottom of your crib goes down far enough. We had to put a couple boards under her mattress to prop it up a little so she couldn’t get her hand between the top of the mattress and bottom of the crib. She’s 27 months now and we have never had an issue. We will probably transition closer to 3. Just an idea for you, hope it helps!

  • November 26, 2013 - 11:17 am

    Jenn - I posted a picture on Instagram of my little lady doing the exact same thing this morning. We are planning to drop the mattress to the floor for the time being. I don’t even want to think about transitioning to a big kid bed for at least another year, possibly not until high school.

  • November 26, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    Courtney - We always just told Abigail that she was not allowed to climb out of her crib and explained how she could get very very hurt if she did it by herself. That worked for a long time.

    We just switched her this summer(So, she would have been two and a half)to the big girl bed. It was a piece of cake. We gave her the same rule as the crib. No climbing out by yourself. She calls for mama and daddy to come get her and it’s been no big deal. You can do it!

  • November 26, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    EHayes - The first pic is great. A will throw her leg up high kick style, but shes still short enough she has no leverage to pull up. Hoping we can make until 2 before battling the big girl bed battle.

  • November 27, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Courtney Patterson - I totally feel you on this. We are facing the very same situation and it totally freaks me out. Plus, we are still dealing with M not sleeping through the night so adding converting her bed to this list is just too stressful to think about. Not sleeping through the night AND having the ability to crawl out of bed?? No thanks. Ugh. I give it about three more years before I ever sleep through the night again, lol. Good luck momma!

  • November 27, 2013 - 10:44 am

    Courtney - That top picture is terrifying! Maybe a nice crib lid? I’m glad I’m glad I’m not at this stage yet. So report back with all the magic tricks!

  • December 1, 2013 - 3:45 am

    Jenny - I’ve alps heard good results about the mattress on the floor before converting the crib to a toddler bed. Like so many others we’re there too and it worries me a all the time! Keep sharing what works for you and I’ll do the same if I find anything other tips!

  • December 2, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Courtney B - I’ve got NO advice (obviously) I’m just here to tell me your ways when you figure out what works best! Because I’m dreading the day that we have to transition Mia to a big girl bed.
    With that being said…. I was really stressing over when to transition Mia from bassinet to crib (I stressed about EVERYTHING her first month of life!) and it happened on accident. My sweet, sweet husband decided it was a good idea to clean our bathroom (seriously, so sweet because I HATE cleaning bathrooms. And I was still adjusting to being a momma)AT MIA’S BEDTIME! I could have killed him! (did I mention I was a crazy woman?) I was nursing Mia in our room and I felt like the fumes were too strong to leave her in there so I stuck her in the crib knowing that it would be a loooooong night. I stayed in her room while she cried for about 10 minutes and then she fell asleep. And stayed asleep all. night. long. She woke up at like 5 to eat then went right back down with no problem. At 5 weeks. It was heavenly! And I wasn’t able to stress about the idea of her not being in our room for weeks because I just kind of had to do it, you know? So I’m hoping I accidentely have to transition Mia to a big girl bed as well 🙂

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