I'm so relieved it's over.
I know I posted (here) that I was getting ready to switch her from her crib, but I just kept chickening out.
Silly, I know ...
But I have one of those children who does not necessarily listen to her Mama
In other words, when I put her to bed - in a bed that she can now step out of - and tell her to "stay put!" ... there's pretty much a 99% chance that ain't gonna happen.
What to do? How to prepare?
My friend Melissa gave me a GREAT idea that she uses for her (also two-year-old) daughter to stay in bed. She has a nightlight that's hooked up to a timer - and the timer doesn't go off until 7:00 a.m.
Her daughter knows she is not allowed to get out of bed until the nightlight goes off at 7:00 a.m.! I think it's genius.
I also think that would never work for my
So you can imagine why I was a little hesitant to take down the crib rail that has done a perfectly good job of keeping her IN her bed for the past 2 1/2 years! (You see, I was lucky enough not to have a climber. :)~
Anyway, I woke up Sunday morning, and decided that was gonna be the day.
Lucy was excited when I told her she was getting a new bed (which was not really the truth, since it was really just a "makeover" of the bed she already sleeps in, but ... close enough!). Daddy had hardly even unpacked the toddler rail from the box, and she was laying on it - saying over and over she wanted to go to bed! (Apparently she thought the toddler rail was her new bed.)
Daddy got her "new bed" all fixed up ... and she quickly jumped right in. And out. And in again. And ... you get the picture. And if you don't -- here is a visual to help you out! :)~
|pretending to sleep ... she says "I'm sweepin!"|
So, the first sleep in her big girl bed was her nap on Sunday afternoon. I tucked her in, shut the door, and 3 minutes later ... she was opening her bedroom door.
(NO SURPRISE THERE! Pretty much called that one ...)
I put her back in bed and told her to stay put ...
and get this --- SHE LISTENED!
Since then, she's gone to sleep three more times (1 more nap and 2 nights) in her bed, and so far = so good!
I am one surprised (and happy!) Mama. :-)
So cute ... when she wakes up, she still talks to herself for 15+ minutes and then calls out "Hold you, Mama!" (meaning hold me, Mama), just like she always has.
Here she is at 7:30 this morning, just as I opened her door ... hanging out, waiting for me. :-)
I don't think she's figured out that she doesn't have to wait for me to get out of bed yet.
Let's hope that whole discovery doesn't cause problems! :)~