Big Girl Bed!

My good friend here in Boone, Betsy, has two precious little boys, ages 3 and 2.  When I was sharing with her my concerns about Zoe Kate’s transition into a “big girl bed,” she had a fabulous suggestion that she’s done with her two boys: remove the front part of the crib, to make it like a day-bed.  Brilliant!  That way, Zoe Kate’s still in her original bed while she gets used to the wide-open-spaces.

Matt and I were experimenting with the crib on Friday afternoon, to make sure we could, in fact, remove the front of the crib without it all falling apart.  Once we removed it, we asked Zoe Kate, “Do you want to sleep in a big-girl-bed tonight?”  For a girl who doesn’t do change well, she was uncharacteristically game for it.

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So we proceeded to talk it up big time, lest we all have a rough night of sleep ahead of us.  Then we gave her the rules: no getting out of bed – for any reason – until the clock turns green in the morning.  If you need us, just start talking: we will hear you.  And if you get out of bed, we will know it, and you will be in trouble (I know some parents don’t choose to make this rule, but once we saw her excitement for the big-girl-bed and her perceived freedom to play on her nursery slide all night long, we knew we needed to give her boundaries).

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My friend Millie told me about this clock, where you set it to change colors at a certain time in the morning, to communicate to your child when it’s ok to get up. Brilliant!

The next morning at 7:30am (when the clock turned green, of course), Matt went upstairs to get her.  “I slept all night long in my big-girl-bed!”  She was so proud of herself!  Of course, we were, too.  So naturally, we celebrated with chocolate-chip pancakes.  Little does she know that she’s going to have to give Reid that bed in the next few months.  But we’re not telling her that, yet.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Betsy on February 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Glad it went so well!!! That last picture of Zoe Kate is adorable. 🙂 And I didn’t expect to see my name in your post! I’m honored. 🙂

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