Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Night night

Ladybug is just an inch or two shy of three feet, the universally accepted height at which toddlers typically begin their transition from crib to bed. So when I brought this up to my husband the other night, he started laughing.

“You know we’ll wake up in the middle of the night to her pulling her toys off the shelves,” he said.

I had to agree. Ladybug’s bedtime routine consists of standing at the railing and pointing to the stuffed animals on the neighboring table.

“Which one do you want? Do you want the bunny?”


She grabs the bunny from my outstretched hand, hugs it, throws it in her crib and points to the next animal in the lineup.

“Who now? Dolly Llama or Mr. Goat?”

We go through this until the dozen or so stuffed animals and baby dolls are in her crib. Then once she settles down, that evening’s animal of choice tucked in the crook of her arm, I put the others back on the table. They wouldn’t stay there long if Ladybug was sleeping in a real bed from which she’s able to climb.

So we’re scratching our heads on how to deal with this next stage. Do we leave her in the crib a little while longer? Do we get a toddler bed and push it against the wall? Or would a twin-size mattress with guard rails be the way to go?

Frankly, I don’t know. For now we’ll just sleep on it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always been told to move them when they start climbing out of their crib. One: for safety. Two: they're ready. We moved J too early and she kept falling out of bed -- and when we put the crib back up (hers was a crib/daybed converter type) she would have nothing to do with it. Once she had her freedom, even though it resulted in her falling on the floor, she wouldn't go back.
IMO, enjoy the crib for as long as you can.

October 14, 2007 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Michelle Mahfoufi said...

Ladybug seems quite content in her crib for now -- no signs of trying to climb out yet. But she gets so excited when we put her on our bed. She bounces and flips and crawls all over the place. If we moved her into her own big-girl bed now, she'd probably somersault right over the side.

October 16, 2007 at 8:23 AM  

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