Back in March of this year (when Anneliese was a year and a half old) she was becoming interested in her toddler bed, but she wasn’t quite ready for the big change. She enjoyed pretending to sleep in it, and playing on it. But, whenever I tried to lay her down in the “big girl” bed for the night, she would pop up screaming and run for the door. Obviously she wasn’t ready to give up the security of a crib just yet.
When we moved way up here to the arctic, we left Anneliese’s adorable toddler bed down in Alabama because we had no good way of taking it with us. Instead, we brought along the familiar and dependable pack-n-play portable crib. This crib has been through a lot! I am very surprised at how well it has held up. From dropping it down flights of stairs to the grueling manhandle of airport baggage claims, this pack-n-play is still intact. Also, it was given to us by my Mother-In-Law after being used with her 3 youngest children. Well, Anneliese just turned two and is now acting more interested in the big bed that’s in her bedroom.
Since toddler beds seem to be nonexistent up here and would cost way too much to get shipped, we decided to lay the twin mattress on the floor. So, the boxspring and bedframe are now stored away in the closet and the mattress made up all cozy for my
babytoddler. I felt a little sad thinking about how much she has grown and how these past two years have flown by. She might be ready for a big girl bed, but I’m not!
It is taking some time for me to get used to the idea that I have a stubborn/independent little toddler instead of a needy little baby. I didn’t realize that switching from a crib to a big girl bed was going to be so difficult for me. We are all getting used to it by letting her sleep in the big bed for naps on occasions. Sometimes Anneliese likes to pretend sleep in her new bed, during which time she “snores” very loud- I think she has been listening to her Daddy when he sleeps!
Slowly transitioning away from the crib to the toddler bed has been much better than trying to force this drastic change on my baby. Plus, we all need a period of time to adjust to this sense of freedom and maturity that comes with sleeping in a big girl bed. The only problem I foresee now is Anneliese waking up early and running around while Mommy and Daddy sleep (or coming into our room and pestering us.) I’m hoping that putting up the baby gate will limit this problem. We’ll see how it goes!