Yesterday I mentioned that Eric and I transitioned Olivia to a big girl bed– WHOO HOO! I really deliberated on whether or not I wanted to keep Olivia in her crib and just buy an additional crib for the new baby. We ultimately decided to bite the bullet and I’m glad we did, however, you will hear absolutely no judgment from me if you choose to keep your kid in a crib until he or she is 3 years old or 13 years old if that’s what’s good for your sanity! 😉
^^The Tomorrow Sleep mattress comes delivered in a box and has you scratching your head trying to figure out how a queen size mattress could be in there. But you open it up and like magic, it’s a comfortable hybrid mattress!
It turned out that at 2.5 years old, Olivia was ready to make the transition. But like every toddler, there was some
bribing coaxing that took place. So I’m sharing all the tips + tricks to make the transition from crib to big kid bed much easier for you.
- Hype it up. I don’t know about your kid, but Olivia is all about her independence and being a “big girl” so if we can frame anything in a way that reinforces those things then she’s all about it. We started telling her about a month before getting her bed that she was going to have a “big girl bed” and she would be just like her cousin Brooklyn that already sleeps in a big girl bed. That kinda sealed the deal for her.
- Choose a comfortable mattress. Of course you don’t want your child sleeping on a rock, so choose a comfortable mattress! I was super excited to receive a Tomorrow Sleep Mattress and oh em gee it is amazing. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that when I first laid on it I contemplated how I could trade mattresses with Olivia because is was SO comfy! I can already tell you that Eric has fallen asleep right along next to Olivia while reading her bedtime story! And right now you can get $100 off your Tomorrow Sleep mattress using code SUNSHINE100 (expires 12/31/17) just click HERE. #yourewelcome
- Pick out some fun bedding together. Take your kiddo to the store to pick out some fun bedding that will make them even more excited to sleep (and hopefully) stay in their big kid bed. I am a fan of the Target Pillowfort Collection, Pottery Barn Kids, and Land of Nod. These are some of my girl favs here, here, and here. And these boy sets are pretty awesome too: here, here, and here.
- Keep the rest of routine the same. Do they take a bath every night? Keep at it. Do you read books before bed? Don’t stop. Some kids don’t do well with change, so try to keep everything else about your bedtime routine the same. Absolutely nothing about our bedtime routine has changed and Olivia knows exactly what to expect.
- Okay to wake clock. My biggest concern with having Olivia in a big kid bed was that she would get out of bed in the middle of the night or would come and wake me up at the crack of dawn in the morning (a mama needs her sleep!). But the first couple of times that we put her down in her new bed, I just reminded her to stay there until Mommy comes to get her. So even when she wakes up, she just lays and plays in bed. HOWEVER, I know not all kids are like this, so if you find that your kid won’t stay in bed then I recommend trying the Okay to Wake Clock. The clock turns green at the time you’ve designated to show your child that it’s now okay to get out of bed. We bought this clock but haven’t had to use it… yet.
To find out more about Tomorrow Sleep and their super comfortable hybrid mattress, click here. So what other tips do you have for transitioning your little one to a big kid bed?