Monday, August 29, 2011

Toddler bed time!!!

Way back at the end of March, I was debating whether it was time to move Jordan to a toddler bed.

I decided that since he wasn't climbing out of his crib, it would be a good idea to keep him confined for as long as possible, especially since I have an escape artist on my hands.

Well, last week, Jordan finally decided to start climbing out of his crib... or at least trying to.

The first time was at nap time, and he got stuck on the rail. He was halfway in and halfway out and couldn't seem to figure out how to get back in OR the rest of the way out.

Looks pretty uncomfortable, no?

Then, that night, he did it again. I was awakened by Jordan hysterically screaming "get out! get out! get out!" I ran to his room and found him perched like a little bird on the side rail. He was holding on with his hands and feet and just couldn't figure out what to do next. It was the middle of the night, so no photo!

I did something I swore I wouldn't do... I brought him to our bed where he happily slumbered for the rest of the night.

Isn't he precious? I didn't get any sleep though, because he's not only a bed hog... he somehow sprouts about a hundred extra feet for kicking when he sleeps. Ugh.

So, that night, Hubby put together the little toddler bed. Isn't it sweet?

We put Buppy (the puppy Pillow Pet) and Ees Hose (the musical seahorse) and his froggy quilt and afghan on his bed to make him happy, and then it was bed time.

To prevent escape, I put a baby gate across his doorway. It thwarted him for all of two seconds.

That first night, he escaped a couple times, and then I parked myself outside his door. It took probably 20 minutes for him to decide to get in his bed and stay there, but there he stayed, all night long.

The next couple nights, he went right down at bedtime. No escaping. Slept all night.

Even though I know he can easily scale the baby gate, I'm leaving it there for now, if just to mildly discourage middle-of-the-night house roaming. I've also been very careful to lock the doors and turn on the burglar alarms at night!

The toddler bed seems to be a success thus far but for one thing... naps.

Yes, you guessed it. The arrival of the big-boy bed has also been the arrival of nap-free days. He just won't stay there to nap.

He still needs to nap and goodness knows I still need him to nap, but this just might be the end of that.

I am still going to keep trying. Maybe once Logan's in school next week and there's no distraction? We'll see. At least he's been sleeping solid 12-hour nights!


Mandy said...

Awwww!! I hope he decides to nap in it for you! So cute.