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Title: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Layla on January 13, 2008, 03:00:24 am
Hi fellow toddler Mummies.

This thread has been started as the title suggests to post your sleep training success stories related to big bed transitions.
Rather than posting a whole topic we ask please can you post just a link for your post so that others can click on the link and read the success stories.If you need any help with this please do not hesitate to contact the current mods on the toddler boards.


Looking forward to hearing your success stories  :-*
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Layla on January 13, 2008, 03:01:59 am
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Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)!
Post by: Gippie on January 13, 2008, 04:31:15 am
Don't have a link or a huge story, just a simple tip.   We took off the front of the crib that transitions to a day bed and uesd the bumper wrapped around the front opening. A bed rail does not work with these transition beds due to the missing solid box spring. It was enough to gently (softly) train her to stay in.  Did that for about 5 months (19m-2y) and she stays in almost ALL the time.    Bed is ONLY 7 incles off the floor. 
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)!
Post by: *Natasha* on January 13, 2008, 04:55:27 am
www.index.php?topic=112927.0

It has only been a few days but so far so good. We went cold turkey took the cot away and set up the bed no problems. My DD is 29months.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: aisling on January 14, 2008, 01:15:14 am
My 26.5 month old DS asked to move to a bed out of the blue after being completely happy in his crib/cot.  We were pleased how smoothly it all went and it was at xmas :o :

www.index.php?topic=111744.0

HTH,

A x
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Elise's Mum on February 07, 2008, 18:24:08 pm
We took the front off of her crib, just as mentioned above. However, I rolled a blanket up and put it under her fitted sheet making a "safety roll". It stays in place, is easy to remove once she is awake, and gives her support. I also put a large blanket on the floor, just in case there was a fall. She's been sleeping this way, for naps, for over a week. No falls yet. We make the transition for bed time this weekend. Here's hoping she stays in all night.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: IndiaJenn on April 01, 2008, 12:46:08 pm
Well, it's Tuesday and we started with the big-kid bed on Saturday. It's going really well now. We also went cold turkey (my dd is 22 months and had been greeting us in the morning, having climbed out of his crib daily; and I'm expecting in July -- and he's gotten too big for the crib (it's a portable playpen-cum-crib). We live in a mosquito-infested tropical area, so a mosquito net is a necessary - fortunately it gave the "big boy bed" huge appeal (it was always set up around the crib but makes the real bed look like a fort!). The first night he was really excited to get into his "cabane a do-do" (Sleeping cabin/fort) and lay down nicely and slept really well -- until 2am, then it was 30 minutes to get him back down, then up again an hour later, then another 30 minutes, etc -- I'm glad we started on a Saturday because we didn't sleep much that night. My DH had to resist getting into bed with him at 4am in hopes of getting him to sleep the rest of the night, but we were able to stay firm (basically marching him back to bed, putting him down and not cuddling, etc (he gets that during the bedtime routine and not after).

Sunday night he was up twice, last night he slept through. Naps have been generally good except for today -- on the plus side, he can get out and go potty by himself during naps now (though he still wakes up and cries so we wind up helping him).

All in all, it was pretty easy. I highly recommend a mosquito net!
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Sarahboosmom on April 15, 2008, 01:20:43 am
Here is a link to my post:

https://babywhispererforums.com/index.php?topic=120905.0

DD is 18 1/2 months when we made the transition.  Followed her cues for more independence and 'asking' for a big bed.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: JoC on May 11, 2008, 18:47:30 pm
I was frightened by horror stories of moving lo's to big bed, so put it off for ages. My ds slept in a bag in a big cot bed. I moved hime when he was 2and a half!!! I know this is really late, but he seemed really happy in the cot. We took off the sides about 21/2 months ago and he has NEVER gotten out of the bed! Not even in the morning, he shouts and we go in to get him. I was so scared as he has always been such a bad sleeper!
We have had no problems at all, so my advice would be to leave the change for as long as you can if the cot is big enough!!!
Jo
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: RegMum on June 17, 2008, 16:38:43 pm
When DD's sleeping went down hill at 21M due to very rough 2year molar teething, I figured we might as well do the bed transition too.  We used a short (from the floor) double bed  with safety rails, and to my surprise as soon as the lights turn off, she will no longer climb up and down from the bed, and shows no interest in getting up to get out her toys etc. The bed had been in her room about a month with her not showing alot of interest in it, but as soon as we started using the bed, she slept in it fine from Day 1!
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Groovia on September 28, 2008, 17:04:43 pm
We "accidentally" discovered that ds was sleeping much better and longer while on vacation at 16 months.  He would sleep in the portable crib until 2 or 3 am and then would start crying.  I was sleeping in the same room with him and happened to have 2 twins.  I pushed the 2 twin beds together and would put him on the bed closest to the wall when he woke up.  He would sleep until 6 or 7 am and wake up happily.

Once returning home, we bought 2 twin mattresses and put them on the floor.  DS would fall asleep in his crib and wake up crying a few hours later.  We would then transfer him to the mattress on the floor, but either DH or I would sleep next to him on the other mattress because I was too nervous about letting ds have free roam of his room.

2 months later, we bought official beds for the 2 mattresses (a day bed with a collapsible trundle), but continued the fall asleep in the crib and transfer to bed.  With one of us sleeping right next to him, we felt secure.  Then at 18 months, ds learned how to climb out of his crib, so we bought a bed rail for his bed but set up the Pack n Play for him to fall asleep in, since it was more difficult to escape from. 

One day, I let him nap in his bed, instead of the Pack N Play.  He kept getting out and going to the door, so after about 3 times of returning him to the bed, he stayed put.  I let him nap in the bed for about a week before I let him try falling asleep for the night in the bed.  We had absolutely no issues.  Once he was falling alseep independently, I collapsed the trundle so it was lower to the floor, partly so that if he did climb out of bed, it wasn't such a far drop and also so that he could get used to not seeing me beside him during the night, since I was still sleeping in his room.

We're now going on 2 weeks of exclusive bed usage.  About the same time, I started ending the co-sleeping, and I returned to my own room.  If he wakes up crying, I go to him and lay on the other bed, still collapsed to the floor. After 30 minutes or so, I return to my own bed with no problem.  He sleeps through the night independently in his own bed.  He is now 19 months old.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: bibiknight on September 29, 2008, 00:47:43 am
Any tips for getting 3 yr old out of parent's bed.  i miss my husband!  Honestly, I am afraid to try.  She is daddy's girl and insists on marrying him.  When I tell her that it is time to sleep on her own, she tells me to sleep by myself.  I vow not to do this accidental parenting with my newborn.  She has yet to see our bedroom.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: jlbb_1 on November 20, 2008, 18:22:32 pm
ds was 20 months (and dd was on the way) when we moved a bed into his room.  We kept the crib in there for awhile - but he never went back to it from the first night.

The bed is the bottom half of a bunk bed, and so it is a bit lower to the floor than a regular twin.  He can climb in (and out) easily.  We have a guard rail on the side, which he loves to climb over to get into bed at night.

I really have to give all the credit to DH who sat with him during his first nap and kept putting him back in bed when he crawled out.  He only had to do that for a couple of naps and presto - permanent big boy bed sleep.

I think it helped that at grandma and grandpa's (where he spent a year during the day while I was at work) he took his naps in a playpen - similarly low to the ground.  We also kept his routine of me giving him his nighttime bottle and singing to him before bed.  He was usually so tired then, that he didn't have the energy to try to get out of bed  ;D

The only problem we have now is that ds is starting to take a long time to fall asleep at night (1.5hrs) and tends to jump around in his bed - but he never gets out!
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Noah's mum on January 02, 2009, 03:37:32 am
We moved our 19 month old into his own bed a few days ago. He had previously been in a cot in his own room (very happily) until we moved house just after his first birthday. From then on, he slept with us in our bed. We decided not to transition him back to the cot but bought him a bed and put a bed rail on it. I put off the move again and again (for months!), fearing it would be horrible. But then, I decided to just do it one night and voila...it all went really well!

Day 1: It took him a little while to get to sleep because he didn't think of the bed as a place to sleep. Then he woke up once in the night and I ended up lying on his bed with him for an hour or two.

Day 2: He had his nap in the new bed (and slept for three hours). That night he fell asleep really easily and just woke up the once. Again, I lay down next to him, this time for about half an hour before going back to bed myself. He woke up, happily, at 7am!

Day 3: Same as day two.

Interestingly, after the second day of sleeping in the new bed I asked Noah to show me where his bed was. He led me down the hall and pointed at our bed! But then today, in response to the same question, he took me to his room and pointed at his own bed. I'm not imagining that it'll necessarily be smooth sailing, and I might have to sooth him back to sleep occasionally, but I was really surprised how easy it all was, compared to how I imagined it would be. I think the message there is that while it's good to think it all through and have a plan (for instance, my husband and I made an agreement that if it all got hard, one of us would sleep in Noah's room for a while but he would NOT come back to our bed, no matter what), don't assume that it will be really awful. Just give it a go! And good luck!
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: hgrantham on February 10, 2009, 17:52:13 pm
We bought my daughters todler bed before she turned two, and it arrived slightly before her second birthday. We set it up in a spare room and let her climb on it etc for fun. She really liked and and I asked her how she would like it if we put it in her room and she said "oh wow mummy" so I figured that was a go.
We painted the room with her. Very messy but so much fun!! And when we asked her where the new furniture should go, she was really glad to tell us where to put it. Luckily I was able to sway her gently to have it go where I had planned, by giving her two options.. one of course being rediculac3.. do you want your bed in teh bath tub.. or in the corner right here! lol Worked like a charm. And she was in controll of it all!
The first night was hard, but she has a comfort item (winnie the pooh bear) and we went in and checked on her whenever she called, put her back down and asked her how her new bed was.. she said good all the time, but was crying.. It was only a few days of that before she was fine with it. She loved being thrown into bed with her book as a new bedtime ritual and we made a point of mentioning how this couldn't happen with her old bed, lucky girl to have such a nice new bed etc etc.. Worked really well.
She still actually doesnt think she can come out of it with the bed rail up.. which is cool. I know that will eventually end though!
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: sarah13h on February 12, 2009, 12:39:47 pm
We moved ds1 (23mths) into his big bed after having spent a long weekend staying with his cousins.  He'd been sharing a room with them, him in his travel cot & them in their big beds.  When we came back, we asked if he wanted a new bed like them.  Unsurprisingly, he said yes.  So the next day we set up a proper adult single bed, with bedrail, and haven't looked back since.  It's got a roll-out bed underneath, so we just pulled that out when he went to sleep...but a month down the line we've stopped since he's never fallen out.

Oh, but we only transitioned to a bed - he's still in his gro-bag.  We'll tackle that one in the spring, when he's room warmer at night.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Ryan&HollysMom on February 12, 2009, 18:26:48 pm
ryan slept in a playpen at his grandparents house, and got too long for it at 25 months. so he switched to a double bed, no problem. then a week later he said he wanted to sleep in the spare bedroom in the double bed. this was going to be his room anyway, but not until about 7 months later for christmas. so he moved in , sort of, just for naps at first then at night too. he loved it and never gave us any trouble. about a month later we bought him the big boy bed of my (oops, i mean his too of course) dreams, about 3-4 feet of the ground with a ladder and an attached desk. and truck sheets!!!! he was in heaven and still is. he can get down himself, but still sleeps in a sleeping bag and will not climb out of bed unless i ask him to.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: ishkin on March 26, 2009, 09:17:49 am
Our transition story http://babywhispererforums.com/index.php?topic=144554.msg1593458#msg1593458
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: babymunkey on June 28, 2009, 20:11:49 pm
Not posting a link cos its short and mercifully sweet - at 18 months (2 days ago) we took the side off his cot, left the other side on with a bumper, put pillows and duvets on the floor, a stairgate on the doorway and the door open as usual.

Had to put him back to bed once after getting in, and resettle twice before 10 pm (both unusual) - cried out at 2.30am and self-settled, cried out again at 5.45 and self settled, woke up (me that is) at 7.10 with him calling to us from the gate holding his Thomas train and his room a sea of books! No idea how long he'd been awake, but don't really mind off a 7 am wake-up call on a Sunday.

2nd night tonight - climbed into bed himself, did storytime in his bed, kissed him goodnight and walked out - 1 hour later, not a peep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feeling very smug, but also prepared that this might not be the end of it, but here's hoping...

H
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: blitz on August 18, 2009, 13:14:01 pm
About 2 months ago (my ds was then 22 mths) we set up his new big boy room.  We are expecting again in 2 mths and wanted to try to switch before the baby came.  At first he only wanted to play in his new room, but not sleep.  Everyday I asked him if he wanted to try to sleep in his new bed, he answered with a firm NO! I didn't want to press the issue, so i just kept asking.  Well, one day he just said yes and crawled right in.  That night and the next he woke in the middle of the night crying.  I cuddled him a little and then went back to my own bed.  He has slept through the night ever since, he even waits in his bed in the morning until I come get him, even though he can easily crawl out on his own.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Declans_Mommy on October 05, 2009, 19:19:26 pm
http://babywhispererforums.com/index.php?topic=156172.0
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: *Natasha* on December 23, 2009, 22:08:42 pm
We just put DD2 into a BGB a week ago with no problems she isn't much of a climber and can't even climb onto the bed so i think it will take her a long time to figure out how to get out. She is however not taking so long to fall asleep at bedtime these days and has stopped sucking her thumb at night time  ;D
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Julianne1984 on March 27, 2010, 17:46:31 pm
Hey, we made DS's cot-bed into the bed 3weeks ago at 21months. We've had no problems at all. If anything he sleeps a little better! He loves his bed so much! He reads books in there while I run his bath and he lays on there with his teddies if he's sleepy. Glad we did it :) x
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: runruh on March 30, 2010, 04:47:44 am
We moved our 10 month old into a toddler bed as he was climbing out of his crib. We were expecting our 2nd baby in 2 months anyway and would need the crib for the new baby. After a week of him coming to and opening the door (with a gate up) and screaming for us in the middle of the night, we decided to go back to the crib and he never climbed out again. We moved to a new place when he was 16 months old and decided to switch him to the BBB and his new room at the same time. We used the same routine with him as we did with the crib and he has slept in his BBB and new room without any problems. In the morning he gets up and plays until I get up and open the door for him. Today he actually went to his bed and went to sleep for nap without me realizing it! He loves his bed and his room.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: NoonieP on May 04, 2010, 02:48:24 am
We took the front off of her crib, just as mentioned above. However, I rolled a blanket up and put it under her fitted sheet making a "safety roll". It stays in place, is easy to remove once she is awake, and gives her support. I also put a large blanket on the floor, just in case there was a fall. She's been sleeping this way, for naps, for over a week. No falls yet. We make the transition for bed time this weekend. Here's hoping she stays in all night.

What a fantastic idea. We're having trouble moving to a big boy bed but this just might do the trick. Think it would be ok if I woke him up to try it?  LOL just kidding.  ;D
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: newmom101 on January 05, 2011, 18:14:03 pm
Hi everyone! Well we transitioned our 23 month old son to his toddler bed over Christmas break. We were very pleasantly surprised when he took to it quite well. No issues with falling out of the bed, no issues with getting out of the bed, no issues waking up, nothing! We were so proud of him! We put a toddler bed, (same size as crib but open around 75% of edges) which is only about 8 inches off the ground, and we just put it in his current room. We didn't want to put him in a new bed as well as change his room at once. So far so good, the only thing that he does every once in a while is to kick at the wall since he now has access to it, other than that he sleeps perfectly well!

I am so happy to be able to post this and thankful for all the posts before mine which we read before transitioning him! Thanks to everyone! :)

Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: Strawberri on December 05, 2011, 21:15:35 pm
We are at the begining of our success story but I know its going to be OK! We bought our (then) 2 yr old a big boy bed, and we bought a full size to give him room to grow. needles to say he was afraid of it and for some reason I didnít even think to look on this amazing web site for support help or ideas. so we just let him sleep in his crib thinking that one day he would want to sleep in his bed. jump ahead to this month our son is 3 and our new little guy is 7 weeks (sleeping in a bassinet as of now) we need that crib soon, so I put the mattress on the big bed and had him sleep on that. he did great the first day. then the second day he was scared, and started waking up at night crying and afraid and we had to lay with him to clam him down and get him back to sleep. Day 3 I had the inspiration to come see what help the forum could offer. When he woke up crying in his bed again i just put the mattress back in his crib. and told him i would check on him in a Minuit then in 2 then 3 then 4 then 5. he fell back asleep and woke 2 more times that night but we did the same thing and he was OK after the 3rd one. today for his nap as the site suggested we are having him sleep in the big boy bed during the day and crib at night for a few weeks. I laid him down and he mentioned he was afraid so i did the same thing checked in at 1 min then 2 then 3 then 4 then 5 and every 5 min after that. it took 1 full hour and 2 leaving the room where i just took him back no eye contact no talking and he fell asleep feeling safe and secure. he is napping right now and i am so thankful for this web sight and all the help you give. thank you everyone! I know we arent done but i can allready tell that this is going to be a compleete success![/font][/font]
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: tracyl0826 on July 10, 2014, 14:05:24 pm
I don't have a link either, but just a few things that worked well for us.  First we put his crib mattress directly on the floor.  After a month or so, his new bed arrived.  We set up his whole room while he was at school (all new furniture, new sheets/comforter that he picked out, etc).  I also bought him a special toy (a new train to go with his Thomas set) and had the train sitting on his dresser.  When he came in, he loved it.  Also, because he had gotten used to sleeping on the crib mattress on the floor, we never had any issues with him falling out of the bed.  We did not use bed rails or anything.
Title: Re: Success Stories for Big Bed Transitions (please post link here)
Post by: mrsroberts4 on November 27, 2016, 22:28:51 pm
I don't have a link here to a story but will just post it here as we did my daughter when she was older rather than younger.
(reason being my son is a bad sleeper, and we didn't want her disturbing him while we were trying in vain to sleep train).

When she turned 3, we talked to her about taking the sides off her cot bed to have a big girl bed. She chose new covers and stuffed animals to go at the bottom and then that night we put her to bed as usual and she was happy and excited to be in a big girl bed and then turned out the light and closed that door. That was it. we haven't had a problem with her getting out, or fighting it etc. I could be because she was older and ready to listen and understand or because she has always been a good sleeper, but I just *know* my son will give me a harder time.  :-X