I’ve got to be honest, I can’t believe it’s “time” for this post. The past two years have flown by and Adelaide has grown so much both physically and mentally and emotionally. With Baby Boy’s due date is quickly approaching, it was time to decide whether to purchase a second crib or move Adelaide to a “big girl bed”. We ultimately decided against two cribs, which meant going all in on another huge transition for all of us!

transitioning to a toddler bed

our transition.

At Adelaide’s two year appointment, we talked to her pediatrician about moving her not only to a toddler bed, but also to a new room. She thought that both of these were totally fine IF we did it minimum of 8 weeks before the new baby arrived — after all, the last thing we wanted was for Adelaide to feel displaced by the new baby. I, of course, got so excited about Adelaide’s big girl room that I started planning and scheming immediately! {see her room inspo here} We decided to move her after she finished her school year and during a time that we had no trips planned — we wanted it to be as seamless as possible! This meant that we had about six weeks to design her room, order furniture, paint and get it all set up — a much more reasonable time frame when you’re not in your third trimester! But we did it! I wanted to have her room set up for a little while so that we could explain to her that this was her new room and for her to get a little more comfortable with the idea. We ended up having about a two week window where the room was {pretty much} complete and she was able to go in and play with her toys, read books, and test out her new {and seemingly very large} bed! We spent this time talking to her about her new room and that this is where she would sleep from now on — and then we ripped the bandaid so to speak. And y’all — I was terrified of this transition. Adelaide was still sleeping great in her crib, never tried to climb out and would happily wake up and chill in there for 30 minutes every morning. What would happen when we disrupted this?

transitioning to a toddler bed

Amazingly, it went great!!! We moved her on a Sunday night … only because I kept pushing it off all weekend. And she slept great — that first night she never got out of her bed and even slept in the next morning! The second night wasn’t quite so great, but it was not terrible — she got out of her bed once to ask for “help getting back in bed” {must admit we had a good laugh at that}. She did however wake up earlier and earlier the first week. Naptime required more coaxing and explanation that we couldn’t get out of the bed until Mom or Dad came to get her. But after the first week, she seemed to really get the hang of it. Now we rarely have a night {or naptime} that she doesn’t stay in bed and she’s back to waking at her regular times. Let us all pray this continues when Baby Boy gets here!

five tips for transitioning to a toddler bed.

transitioning to a toddler bed
  1. Make your plan. This is not only step one, but I think also the most important. This is a big transition for your little one {and you} so having a good plan in place is critical. If you’re not moving your kiddo to a new room, the plan will likely be more simple, especially if your crib converts to a toddler bed.
  2. Get the little one excited. Again, this is a big transition, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be exciting! Let your little one help you with their new room, or help picking out their new bed or sheets. They’ll not only feel a sense of empowerment, but will also be even more excited about their new bed!
  3. Toddler proof the room. This might be as important as your plan — after all, they’ll have easier access to the entire room! Be sure that all the furniture is secured to the walls, outlets are covered, and that anything your kiddo can possibly reach is safe for a toddler.
  4. No other transitions. As I said, this is a huge transition even if you’re just converting the crib to a toddler bed. So don’t try to start this on top of any other transitions that may already be happening — potty training, a new school, a new house, extended travel, etc. And especially if it’s at the same time a new baby is coming — like I said, we moved her over two months before Baby Boy makes his appearance!
  5. JUST DO IT. If I’m being honest, this was the hardest part for me. I was so scared of the “big move” that I kept putting it off and putting it off. But once we ripped the bandaid, it was actually much easier than expected!

the room details.

When I designed Adelaide’s nursery, I knew I wanted something that wasn’t traditional or expected for a girl’s nursery. Thankfully Walt is very trusting with my home designs and allowed me to paint her walls the most gorgeous deep plum. Her gold crib and pops of color stood out beautifully! It was honestly hard for me to believe I could top this design with her big girl room.

Now I’m not generally one to toot my own horn, but her new room is my favorite room in our entire house now!

From her daybed {that’s a full twin} to the animal heads on the wall above her dress-up rack, every detail works together to create a colorful, fun and whimsical room that’s perfect for a toddler, but also can grow with her as she gets older. {which can we slow time down already?!}

Overall, our transition to not only a new bedroom, but to a toddler bed went surprisingly {to me at least!} well. Now I’m sure that we’ll still have some bumps in the road — after all, we’ve been the only ones to attempt bedtime, we’ll see what happens when we have a sitter! But I think by following my five simple tips you too could be well on your way to a smooth transition.

transitioning to a toddler bed

Tell me, have you made the transition to a “big bed”? What are your best tips for making it a smooth one?

xo, LC

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