Well…we finally did it! We let MG sleep in her “Big Girl Bed” during her nap on June 22.
This was a change that we dragged our feet over, but ultimately, after she started potty training, it was only a matter of time.
We’d been talking to her for quite a while about “her bed” and she was giddy to sleep in it. We decided to wait for a weekend when we would both be around, especially since I am still napping in the afternoon when both of the girls are.
All day, we prepped her for the change, so by the time her afternoon nap rolled around, she was bouncing off the walls with excitement. We caged her in with pillows and gave her a few boundaries.
I let her pick out two animals/dolls to sleep with and one toy to play with. The toy was a new privilege and she chose her dollhouse.
We didn’t really talk to her about getting out of bed because we didn’t really know what to expect. Well the first day was definitely a learning curve for us all!
She spent the first 20 minutes playing “quietly” with her dollhouse. Perfect.
The next forty minutes were spent coming up with excuses to come out of her room. Some legitimate: potty. Others sweet: “I forgot to give you a kiss!” Others just plain funny “Daddy, I need to tell you sum-fin.” Finally, we cut her off and told her she must stay in her bed for the remainder….which led to this:
She explored every inch of her bed for the next forty minutes before covering herself up and going to sleep!
The second day her excitement level was still high. Before climbing into the bed, we talked over the rules, making up some new ones after yesterday’s learning experience:
“remember you can’t keep coming out for kisses and hugs”
“remember you can’t throw all of your pillows off the bed”
“remember you can’t take the bed posts off of your bed”
“remember we don’t throw our houses off of the bed” (yes, it needed to be said.)
She readily agreed and we had a similar story to the first, but with times being reduced. It was so funny to watch her climb off the bed multiple times, hear the doorknob turn, and then wait for her to make an appearance to explain why she was out.
“Daddy, I need to tell you sum-fin. ‘We don’t throw our houses out of our beds’.”
Someone is enjoying a little taste of freedom.
Along with her freedom came a graduation into (cloth) pull-ups and she is so very proud of the freedom this allows her. Mama and Daddy are too! And for us, this means more freedom of not being tied to getting her out of her crib to go to the bathroom, putting the diaper on and off of her, and having a “quiet toy” in her bed has actually kept her pretty quiet.
Naps have been hit and miss for the last few months, but she has taken one practically every day in her new room!
Happy Napping for all! (next part: all-nighter)