Thursday, October 17, 2013

Big Boy Bed!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you probably already know we are three nights in to Jackson sleeping in his "Big Boy Bed" and he's doing great! 


One morning last week, my mom called and said "You'll never believe what your son just did"! She proceeded to tell me that he had somehow climbed out of his crib and opened his bedroom door all by himself. She said she heard a door open in the kitchen/hallway and when she went to check it out, Jackson was standing at the gate in his bedroom doorway!! 

Needless to say, I was shocked! I had never even seen him attempt to try to climb out of his crib, so I couldn't believe he made it all the way out. Thankfully he didn't get hurt. My mom didn't even hear him climb out.

The only way I can think that he did climb out without getting hurt, was that he climbed up onto his changing table and then got down onto his diaper pail and then onto the floor. My mom said he had pulled his noise machine down off the window sill, so I'm assuming this was his method of escape. Crazy Boy!!


So I went right to the store that afternoon and got a guard rail to attach to his "big boy bed" in case he would move around while asleep and fall out. His crib can be converted into a toddler bed, so I took the front portion of the crib off and then added the little guard rail. 

I have to say, I was very nervous that he would know that he could just get down when we put him to bed and wouldn't go to sleep so easily like he's been doing for so long. But much to my surprise, he went right to sleep the first night and when he woke up the next morning, he just cried for me to come get him, just as he would do in his crib. The second night, he went to bed just as easily, but my mom heard him awake in his room the next morning and he was at the door when she went to get him. So he has figured out he can get up. Last night he went to sleep great and was still sleeping this morning when I went to wake him up to drop him off at my Parents' house. Hopefully, he continues to go to bed just as easily and we can check this milestone off as a success!

 (As you can see, he definitely needs that guard rail. He's a crazy sleeper.)

Our plan all along has been to use Jackson's crib for the new baby and buy Jackson a twin bed when we get closer to the new baby being born. I wasn't exactly planning on moving Jackson up quite this soon. However, I feel like converting the crib to a toddler bed for now is a good stepping stone for him to get used to not being in a crib anymore. This will get him ready for a bigger big boy bed in the near future. :-)

12 comments :

Lizzie Simantz said...

It's definitely a good stepping stone! We did the same thing with my son and used his crib for our daughter, he was in a twin bed at 2.5 and did so great.

Lisa said...

i love watching toddlers sleep! i still go into Ms room and find her flipped all around. and she thinks it is "cool" to have a pillow of her own but she rarely uses it!

Arielle said...

aww haha I can't believe he jumped out!

Sarah said...

What a sneaky little devil! And, for the record, Drew was a crazy sleeper all over his crib, but somehow, someway, he sleeps in his big boy bed perfectly normal. Maybe it's the bigger pillow and the fact that we tuck him in, but something clicked!

Jessica @ Better Together and Forever said...

So glad to hear Jackson is doing so well in his big boy bed! :)

Sara said...

So cute! I can't believe he's old enough for a big boy bed. Mac will be sleeping in a crib for the rest of his life because I'm in such denial that he's not a baby anymore. :) How does he do with pillows and blankets in there? We still don't let Mac have any of those things. He sleeps in a fleece sleep sack (which also helps prevent him from climbing out of his crib). You have to give me all the deets.

Desiree Macke said...

We are stating to talk about when to move M into his big boy bed. He's a crazy sleeper, too! Naturally I'm worried he'll wiggle his way right out of a bed.

Shannon said...

I'm so happy he transitioned so well!!! I hope Taylor takes after Jackson when her time comes.

stephanievarno said...

I'm glad he's transitioning well! That's too funny that he climbed out his crib. I moved Rosen into a toddler bed about a week ago, and thankfully she's done well. I need to post about it!

Courtney - Shiraz In My Sippy Cup said...

Looks like a success! We are still debating when we want to convert Maddy's crib. She's been sleeping so well lately that we hate to disturb that, lol. We're going to have to bite the bullet and do it soon, though. Thanks for the post - you've given me hope that it can work!

Laurie @ The Rookie Wife said...

This is something that scares me a bit about the "big boy" beds! I'm glad I don't have to think about it just yet. :)

HickChickBritt said...

just being nosey here. is you mom going to keep watching Jackson and the new baby? Are you going to start him in preschool?