V’s new big girl bed

dear world,

we have been struggling with V at bedtime for the past forever it feels like. especially recently, she’ll bang around to keep herself awake and now she’s learned to yell to keep herself awake. “mommmm-y!” she’s not hurt. she’s not in trouble. just yelling for the sake of it.

i feel like as with insomnia, possibly the secret is to break the pattern. so we went for a dramatic change. we decided to put the crib away and move her into her big girl bed.

it’s been sitting in pieces in the basement since christmas, but it didn’t seem like the right time until now. unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, V did not take a nap today. i mean, would you be able to sleep with a cool new bed that you can get in and out of all by yourself? i think not.

however, since she didn’t nap, bedtime tonight was no problem. we read two books, sang two songs and i laid in the bed next to her to about two minutes. she hasn’t made a peep. i really hope she remembers she’s in the bed during the night, though, and doesn’t fall out. i think that would really make her unhappy.

here’s hoping for a good night’s sleep,

cm

UPDATE:

after a week in her big girl bed, V is starting to settle in. in fact, she is napping right now! two weekend naps in a row, in the big girl bed must constitute some kind of record. i think we waited until the right time and she is so proud to be a big girl now.

V loves her big girl bed

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2 Responses to “V’s new big girl bed”


  1. 1 Carolyn D. March 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I put my daughter in a big girl bed recently and it has been quite an experience! She only naps once in a while now, and I can never tell which days are going to be a nap day and which are going to be a “drive mommy nuts and not sleep day”. You are right though, on those days when she doesn’t nap, it is wonderful to have her in bed and sleeping by 7:15 and she sleeps all night with no problem. Some days I long for the days of the crib when I just put her down and she fell asleep in two minutes and I didn’t have to worry about her getting up and destroying her room or turning on her lights, but most days it is fine and I’m sure your daughter will get used to it soon! Good luck!

    • 2 candidlymommy March 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

      i completely understand. i miss when i could rock her to almost asleep, lay her down and shut the door. now, every time it’s time for settle down i’m apprehensive. will she sleep or won’t she? i’m hoping the switch will break her rhythm enough to get to a new bedtime routine. thanks for sharing!


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