Our Toddler Room transition is complete! It feels so good to have this project checked off the list. Now our daughter has a fun, inviting, age appropriate space to sleep and play! Next up, Baby #2 nursery.
I wasn’t sure what direction we would take for decorating her room but after my husband bought the sloth print we decided to use the colors as a guide. I like picking colors rather than a theme because I think it will be easier to grow with and change up as her interests change.
We got her bed and child sized table from Ikea. I love the way the bed can be flipped upside down later to be a loft bed! She loves the canopy too! I found the orange chair and spice racks on an exchange group for $0-4 so that was a great savings!
The artwork and furniture is placed just at her level, maybe a little higher so she can access it on her level and grow into it. She really loves it, especially her Instagram Photo collage!
What about the crib to bed transition?
We started off doing naps in the twin bed when she was about 17 months old. The bed had been up for about a month and she was enjoying playing in the room. She was able to get off and onto the bed all by herself so it felt like a good time to start. I didn’t want to buy a second crib only to use it for a short time, and I wanted to keep the nursery as a nursery and move B.B. to a whole new room. My goal was to have her in the toddler room full time by August and the baby is due in November so that would give us several months to adjust as a family.
Naps started out great! I thought I would lay with her until she fell asleep but she was too wild! She wanted to lick my face and jump like a monkey so I walked out after about half an hour. She cried for about 10 minutes then got back in the bed and went to sleep. The second day was even better, only about 5 minutes of crying! Day 3 was a breeze, she cried for less than a minute.
After about a month of naps in the room we decided she could do nights too. Our bedtime routine went about the same as naps. She got out of the bed, cried by the door for a few minutes then got back in bed. She could not open the door so she didn’t come out. That lasted about a month and then she started falling asleep by the door. We started stressing about that for a while thinking “She needs to sleep in her bed! We can’t let her sleep on the floor.” Well, we got in such a tizzy about it that it threw off our routine. Oops!
I know toddlers thrive on consistency and routine so we sat down and made a plan: let her fall asleep by the door. At least she’s sleeping! She only cries for a couple of minutes and we know she is safe and cared for. Now we are vocalizing and narrating our bedtime routine more, “Dinner time is over. Let’s clean up then it’s pajama time!” Telling her about what comes next will help her have words to describe her routine. “Brush your teeth then we’ll read stories.” To encourage her to sleep in her bed we tell her, “Your bed is so cozy and soft. Mommy and Daddy want you to lay in your bed quietly. You can look at your stars and hold your Glow Worm. Rest so you can grow and be ready to play in the morning.” We hung glow in the dark stars above her bed and switched the Glow Worm to the light only function. We read stories for about 15 minutes, turn out the light and lay in her bed singing a few lullabies.
Something new started this week- she opened the door! I was in the shower and my husband was doing laundry and out she trotted with squinty eyes and said, “Hi, Daddy.” hahaha! For now we lock the doorknob from the inside but I think we will get a door knob cover so she can’t open the door. When we go to bed, we go in her room and wake her up saying, “Come get in your bed.” I feel like teaching her to stand up and walk to her bed (we don’t pick her up) will eventually lead to her doing it on her own.
Like many transitions, I’m sure the transition to a bed will be over soon and she’ll stay in her bed until morning. Until then we are focusing on being calm, predictable and soothing at bedtime and preserving the positive, safe and fun mood of her room!