Shannon Falls, August 2012

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

BIG Boy Bed

We finally caved. We have graduated Hayden to a "big boy bed!" I'm sure many of you are thinking, "He's almost 2! Why have they waited so long?!" We procrastinated on this decision for awhile for a number of reasons:

1. Though he could escape from his crib, he had only done so twice. So we were fairly positive that every time we put him to bed, he was not going to make a surprise appearance!

2. We had Pia (our German exchange student) with us for 5 months. She fit our family perfectly, but having her with us did mean quite a few changes in our household and schedule, and keeping him in his present bed was one less upset.

3. We weren't sure if we wanted to go to a toddler bed or a twin as our next step. We settled on a toddler bed when we found one that matched his current bedroom furniture that was a good deal.

4. And finally, we are selfish. At least with Hayden's crib, we knew he was contained (no, we didn't leave him in there kicking and screaming or "abuse" him with the crib); those mommies out there know what I mean) until we retrieved him.

So how did night 1 go? Well, we had spent the day in Mobile visiting David's mom and sister. Hayden stayed with them while we had an early Valentine's lunch and shopped a bit. By the time we arrived home, David decided to put the bed together, which may not have been a good thing because we were all tired, especially Hayden. And bless my husband's heart, he can't follow picture directions well! Hayden and I curled up on mommy and daddy's bed and watched "Snow White" on tv while daddy worked. Or at least we thought he was working! Finally, David called for me because he needed help, and he was really no further along than when we had left the nursery 30 minutes before. So after an hour+ of putting together/taking apart (told you he couldn't read picture directions!) we had an easy-to-assemble toddler bed!

We went through a bedtime routine, put Hayden down, and I stayed on the floor beside him. He tossed and turned, sat up, laid down, looked at me, etc. David had heard enough after about 25 minutes of me talking to him, telling him to lie down, etc., that he came in, sent me out, laid Hayden down, stood by the door for about 5 minutes and then came out. Hayden didn't make another peep! I think bedtime is now daddy's domain!

This morning, we heard Hayden talking and playing. We were sure he had gotten out of bed and was exploring his new-found freedom. After almost 45 min., we ventured to his room to find him still sitting/standing on his bed! He believed daddy last night when David told him not to get off the bed, that's for sure! We had to tell him 3 times he could get up and off the bed. All in all, night 1 was a success--no falls or waking up. Here's to hoping he learns to go to sleep as easily in her new bed as he did in his crib (that was a dream! No pun intended.)!


Joanne said...

Aww congrats on the new stage in your sons life! Toddler beds are so cute. we prepared our daughter for the new bed by telling her how great it would be and taking her to see beds. By the time we got it home she was thrilled. Great post. Blessings, Joanne