Big Kid Bed Yet?

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Big Kid Bed Yet?
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Fri, 08-05-2011 - 9:46am

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 11:39am
Ugh, don't get me started... We, or should I say I, had a beautifully thought out plan. We get right of the toddler bed, move in the bunk beds for DSS's visit, Emma (4) sleeps on the bottom bunk, DSS (12) sleeps on the top bunk for his 5 week visit and then once he leaves, Madison (2 1/4 by then) moves out of the crib and into the bottom bunk. Perfect plan right?? Nope, DH decided to put the bunk bed up and promptly moved out the crib and so now Madison is in the toddler bed. And its a struggle every single night to keep her in it, and I can't put the girls in the room together awake or we end up with moving bed, and toys, and giggling or arguing, so I have to put Madison down to sleep first, struggle for 30-45 minutes and the put Emma down to sleep and pray Emma doesn't wake Madison up, which she does at least 1-2 nights a week. sigh. Emma moved into her toddler bed at 2 1/2 flawlessly, with no issues at all. But Madison, not so much...
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Registered: 08-02-2010
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 12:10pm
We moved DS at age 21/2 because we was leaping out of his crib. Tried DD's old toddler bed but DS was moving it around to where he wanted it in the room. We got him a twin bed from IKEA. HE picked the color and the sheets. Now he is happy and sleeps from 8pm- 7am and we are happy to all get some sleep.
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Registered: 11-16-2007
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 3:06pm
DH is crazy about moving the kids early. he thinks that they "need a bed" for god-knows what reason. both kids got moved at about 16 months, with hardly any problems. That being said, if they shared a room I would have insisted that my "baby" (20 mo) stayed in a crib longer.

We moved my 3 yo to his bunk bed when he was 16 months old b/c of a new baby coming. We moved my 20 mo old to his own bed b/c DH really wanted to.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 9:36am
Oh my goodness, Tracy! It sounds like your bedtime routine is just exhausting. I hope for your sake that bedtime gets a bit better for you soon. I can imagine that all you want is some quiet after working all day. Does your DH help out at bedtime? Sounds like he created quite an issue... hopefully he does! ;)

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 9:37am
Yeah, when they are jumping out of the crib, it is time to make the big move. That's awesome that you've been able to make the transition to a twin bed so easily!

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 9:38am
Wow! I'm impressed that they moved so early. That's so great that you've hardly had any problems.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 9:39am
Well, I feel the need to confess. LOL! Landon is still in a crib (and he is 2.5). He's made no attempt to climb out so I just have not rushed things. My middle son had the hardest time adjusting to his own bed so I'm honestly just scared to death to jump in and make the big move! I remember sitting with him for hours trying to get him to stay in his bed and more times than not we'd both be in tears. It wasn't fun at all! I have a feeling we'll be making the move fairly soon, but I'm in no rush at all!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 9:51am
No, that's why the situation aggravates me so much, because he may be home 1 night a week at bedtime, and he rarely helps with it. I asked him to put the crib back up for me and he said no, she didn't need it, she was a big girl. :0( No I will say, when she is tired, she'll go right in and lay down and go straight to sleep, but we all know, there are plenty of nights that you need to just have that bedtime in place whether they are really tired or not, and those are the nights we struggle the most, when she's just not quite tired enough yet, or she wants to stay up with the rest of the kids to do "fun" stuff.
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 9:33am
Ugghhh! Tracy, that would be so frustrating. My hubby really doesn't have anything to do with bedtime either and I know how aggravating it can be. In all my years of parenting I've learned that there are some things you can't force a child to do and one of them is that you can't force them to go to sleep. When they get the independence of a 'big kid bed', it makes it all that more frustrating of a situation. I wish I had some great advice to give but I'm sure you know it will just get better in time (hopefully!). Hang in there (and hire someone to set up the crib again if you need to! LOL!).

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 11:40am
I could do it myself, its just a pain (and time consuming) to tear it down (its in the garage at the moment, waiting for me to take pictures of it to put on craigs list) and then set it back up again in their room. She's getting better, but then at 4 a.m. when she decides she wants to come into our bed instead of putting herself back to sleep in her crib, it gets a bit annoying! LOL!
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