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  1. kinderbett says:

    Thanks for useful post!

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks for your comment and for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m so glad to hear the article was helpful for you!

  2. PapaLondon says:

    Just transitioned my daughter from the crib to the bed (by taking the bars off the side). She’s a bit of an accidental gymnast and doesn’t seem to have any fear of heights, which precipitated the change.

    We tried once before but had to put the bars back on when she would stand at the baby gate at the top of the stairs and stare at us eating in the kitchen, making incoherent comments, presumably about our food.

    First night has gone ok. Very much hoping it stays that way as her baby sister is 2 months old and we’re not getting much sleep anyway.

    • Janelle Reid says:

      @PapaLondon, thanks for sharing your experience with us! Fingers crossed all is going well still!

  3. Marria says:

    Thanks for sharing really helpful tips. Its really taught to move baby crib to bed. Mom has to worried about it. This tips must help mom.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Marria,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! We’re so happy you enjoyed these tips. Visit again soon!

  4. Ashley Wright says:

    I transitioned my son to a “floor bed” (a mattress on the floor) when he was a year old. I was really nervous about it, but was pregnant again and wanted a big gap between moving my son out of his crib, and his little sister into it. So I took the plunge, on a weekend when we had little going on so could take extra naps and such, and he did perfectly! Never missed a beat. Now, at 19 months, he LOVES his mattress/bed, loves playing on it, and happily sleeps on it without any problems. We do close his bedroom door, so if he gets up and plays before falling asleep, it’s okay.

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Ashley Wright – Yay for the floor bed! I did the same with all three of my children – so much easier, isn’t it? I never worried about them falling out, and they were able to get up and go to bathroom as they needed to, which made our potty training easier, too.

      Thanks for sharing your story, Ashley – much appreciated! 🙂

  5. Megan says:

    We transitioned my son (now 5) to a big bed at 14mo. He was getting his leg up on the rail so we wanted to switch before he hurt himself. It was so easy with him. He never got out of his bed until we came to get him. My daughter is so different though. She is almost 19mo and she almost climbed out a few times, but I caught her in the act. I want to switch her because I know there is going to be a time that she climbs out before I catch her, but she is not going to be an easy one. She already hates sleeping. She is a very light sleeper, so we have to close the door the second we lay her down and we were forced to do the cry it out method with her because any movement woke her up no matter how long she had been asleep. She will sleep through the night after about 3 minutes of crying (although there are some nights with no crying). She also gets into EVERYTHING during the day so i know she would love being able to get out of bed easily. My biggest concern though is that my son and daughter have to share a room and my son has a loft bed. I’m afraid she would try to climb up to see her brother. If she fell from that, it would be worse than falling from her crib. I just don’t know what to do. I have a feeling she wouldn’t nap anymore too, she already fights naps no matter how tired she is. Her crib converts to a toddler bed and I’m thinking maybe she would like the big girl bed and maybe there would be no issue, but I feel like it’s just a loose loose situation.

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Megan – I was all set with some advice until I read the part about your son and daughter having to share a room. Yes, that is tough indeed….and I think your concerns about the loft bed make sense. One option would be to carefully toddler-proof the whole room, switch your daughter to a toddler bed, and then get yourself a video monitor to watch and see what happens. This is one case in which a video monitor would be hugely helpful, as you’d be able to see how she’s reacting to the new toddler bed. As for naps…you’ll likely have some hiccups at first, but once the transition is done, and the bed isn’t new anymore, I’d be she’ll return to sleeping like she does now.

      For help with this, and for some of the other sleep issues you mention, I’d suggest you download our free toddler guide: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-training-secrets-free-ebook/

      Hope this helps, Megan! Good luck to you as you work on this transition!

  6. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Heather – my thoughts exactly! I always transitioned my kids to big beds right before, or in the early stages of, potty training, for just the reason that you mention. The good news for you is that 3.5 years is a great age to make the transition! Your son should be old enough to handle sleeping in a bed without too much issue. Just be sure to toddler-proof his room first 🙂

    And don’t worry about being behind – you’re not! We’ve worked with families who’ve done the transition closer to 4 years of age, for a variety of reasons, so you’re okay 🙂 Plus, I think it’s normal to feel like you’re “behind” with the first; I’ve always felt that way with my oldest, too.

    Best of luck to you, Heather!

  7. Heather says:

    My son is 3.5 years old, still sleeps in a crib. He hasn’t tried to climb out. Should I keep him in the crib or transition? We are also still working on potty training and he wears pull ups to bed. I feel that we can’t really potty train until he is in a big bed so that he can get out at night and go potty if needed. I feel like my kid is so behind on this!

    • Leann says:

      My son is about 3.5 also and still sleeps in his crib. We are also working on potty training. He very small for his age and has never attempted to climb out of his crib either, but we are going to start transitioning him to a bed soon. His crib turns into a toddler bed so if it doesn’t work out then we will just put the rails back on. I don’t feel he is behind, I just feel he will be ready when he is ready. I’m in no hurry for him to grow up..lol

  8. Jessica says:

    My daughter is 15 months and climed out if her crib last night. She’s tall for her age so had no problem getting out. When I tried to put her back in she’d cry and go to climb out again. I decided to avoid many falls (she’s fearless and doesn’t react to pain much) and bought her a twin mattress that I put on floor with guard rails. I put it exactly where her crib was. She cried when I tried to put her in it and leave room for the night so I laid next to the bed on the floor and she was asleep within ten minutes. I’m nervous for how tonight will go. Normally she sleeps through the night but past week waking at 4 am. I’m very nervous with how tonight and the following will pan out. I know she’s young but anyone else have to do it this early? She does take naps on a couch at the sitters so I am hoping that helps.

    • Christina Santori says:

      You should see the baby sleep site article here (https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/toddler-climbing-out-of-crib-tips/). Someone recommended a pair of pajamas called Little Grounders that stop kids from climbing out the crib. We bought them for our 12 month old and they totally worked.

      Now if only I could figure out the best way to get our almost 3 year old (who never climbs out of her crib) into a toddler bed.

      By the way the website for Little Grounders is http://www.littlegrounders.com. My sister just bought a pair and she had it overnighted! Good luck!

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