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A Lousy Moment For A Mother

Why can't he sleep like this forever?

The day her toddler climbs out of their crib for the first time, a mom knows that life will never really be the same.

Yesterday, when my kids were supposed to be taking a nap, my daughter, Kaelyn, came downstairs from the bedroom she shares with my son and says to me, “Someone is out of their bed.”  “Who? Kaelyn?”  I answered.

“No, Bren is out of his bed.  I taught him how to climb out of his bed.”

Great.

Seriously?! Now what the heck am I supposed to do?!

I spent the next two hours trying to make my kids stay in their beds and take a nap.  And they never did go to sleep.  I guess maybe the whole rocking my son to sleep thing is backfiring on me now because he doesn’t want to go to sleep in his bed by himself. Great, just great.

My daughter was almost two and a half when we switched her from her crib to a toddler bed, and then we told her that she couldn’t get out of her bed, she needed to call for us if she needed us.  And she did really well with that for a long time. But now that she’s older she, of course, gets out of her bed and comes downstairs when she needs to.

So my son, who is just over two, learns from his big sister, and there is no way he is buying the line, “Big kids stay in their beds”, like my daughter did.

I’m so not ready to give up the freedom of letting my son sit in his bed and play and talk for a while when he wakes up in the morning, or the ability to put him in his bed to go to sleep on his own. Not to mention worrying if he will climb out of his crib and try to come down the stairs in the middle of the night to a dark and quiet house.

Tonight as I sat and typed this, my husband was upstairs putting the kids down.  A few minutes after he said goodnight to them and shut the door, it popped open again, and there stood my son.  Ugh, this is going to be a long night.

What should we do?  I guess it’s time to get my son a big boy bed.  But I’m grieving that the days of my crib sleeping toddler are gone.

How did you deal with the transition from crib to big kid bed for your toddler?

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