Two of the best parts of my days are when Sophia goes to sleep and when she wakes up in the morning. Every morning while I’m getting ready for work, she wakes up and I hear through her door “Daddy! Come HERE!!” over and over until I walk in to pick her up and out of her crib. At night, I generally carry her to bed, with her head laying on my shoulder. Followed by a hug and a kiss and down into the crib she goes. It’s those little moments that make life as a parent pretty great. But, we now face ourselves with the decision of whether it’s time for the crib to go and move to the toddler bed.
It’s a tough decision to make for many reasons. The biggest question mark is really knowing, “is now the right time for the change?” There are other concerns, like how is she going to react to not being in a crib anymore, will she get up in the middle of the night and somehow get her bedroom door open and start wandering through the house. We’ve been doing a lot of reading about the topic, and we still haven’t been able to come up with the answer.
We’ve seen many people say “you’ll know when it’s time”. Well, we don’t fall into that category. It’s been said if the child is trying to climb out of the crib, it’s a good time to make the switch. Well, Sophia does that, to an extent, but she hasn’t actually been successful yet. I don’t want to hear the crash and boom in the middle of the night of her falling while trying to climb out, either. And there lies the problem. We’re torn between making the switch and holding off.
My other worry is that I’ll lose those going to bed and waking up moments. She’ll easily be able to get in and out of her toddler bed, so the yelling for me in the mornings and being carried to bed at night could come to a screeching halt.
For those of you that have made the switch, any advice?
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