big boy bed transition


Hunter just turned 2 years old in May and I had been going back and forth about the transition from crib to bed. At first I wanted him to be set and staying well in his bed before Zoe and him began sharing a room (which they are not yet doing). Then I thought it would be better if he was still in his crib so that his sister wouldn’t be disturbed as much by him. Knowing that he can climb out and has once in the past was what got my mind going. I settled on waiting. He slept well for the most part. We’d been having some nap wars, but bedtime was still good.

Then we went on vacation and we decided to give him the option of a big boy bed or the pack n play, which he’s slept in many times before. Of course, he chose the big boy bed. Something new and exciting!! We talked with him about how he had to stay in his bed until mommy or daddy gets him after he wakes. He did surprising well, only getting out of bed twice. The first time was in the morning – he was sitting on the ground with a pillow reading a book. Pretty cute.

The second was this.


It cracks me up every time!

When I got him after that nap I asked him where he slept and he told me in his bed. Little does he know I have proof of what really went on. :)

When we got home he was not excited about being in his crib and began climbing out, so we took the side of the crib off and turned it into a day bed.


Bedtime has been great. Every time Jacob or I put him down to bed we remind him that he needs to stay in bed until mommy or daddy gets him. He goes down with not much fuss and is still in his bed in the morning.

Nap time is another story. He does not stay in his bed, even with the same bedtime talk. He jumps on his bed, jumps off his bed, finds toys, finds books, poops in his diaper (so I have to change it), wanders around his room, knocks on the door… everything except staying in his bed and napping. He eventually falls asleep, but it takes a good hour to two hours sometimes. He fell asleep on the ground twice and another time came out of his room (I had left the door slightly ajar after checking on him) after waking.

He napped at my mom’s house earlier this week and stayed in bed, although he only took about a 45 minute nap. Since these nap wars began I am happy with any sort of nap so I’ll gladly take a 45 minute nap over none.

It’s just so strange that he does great at bedtime, but the opposite at naps. He’s only been in his big boy bed at home for 4 days now, so I’ll just wait and see what happens over the next few weeks. Maybe the newness will wear off and he’ll oblige his mother?  All in all I am pretty happy that we haven’t had any screaming fits or major issues. He really likes his bed and I like that he was a smooth transition. Naps excluded. :)

Is this normal transition nap resistance? Any nap time advice? When did your kiddo make the switch from crib to bed?


6 thoughts on “big boy bed transition

  1. So…we haven’t transitioned still :). Haha, I am actually in the process of buying a mattress. Shes never tried to climb out of her crib, so there has been no rush. Good to read about your experiences though!

  2. Adeline has slept in a pack and play for her whole life, which makes traveling slightly easier! We have a twin mattress set up in her room (just on the floor), but I’m starting to think that’s not a great idea. I think I’ll take it out and then REALLY hype up sleeping in a big girl bed. I’m wondering if some sort of bed frame might make it feel more “real” to her. We’ve only tried once to have her sleep on that (with her pack n play put away) and she wasn’t having that at all! She’s still pretty young though, so I’m not stressing :) Good luck with the naps though :/

  3. Want to know something funny? I totally can’t remember the transition with Meghan. I don’t think we had major issues, but I can’t remember exactly if there was a period of no napping or anything. Ha! Mommy brain! We haven’t made the transition with Luke yet. He stays in his crib, so I’m in no rush to put him in a bed! We will be traveling soon, though, and I’m not sure what we’re going to do since I think he’s barely going to fit in the pack and play. The transition may come sooner than I think! Oh, and that picture is priceless! Love it! :)

  4. Wow, we’ve had an eerily similar experience!

    I didn’t plan to transition G for a long time, but we went on vacation and didn’t want to bring the pack ‘n play. He was already boycotting naps before we left and nights weren’t great, either. I was expecting vacation to be terrible as far as sleep and Matthew and I agreed we would just be on survival mode and do anything to get him to sleep.

    He STTN every night in a big boy bed! It was amazing! Naps were mostly on the go but the naps he did take in the bed were good (1+ hour, just like your 45 minutes, I’ll take it!). So when we got home, we took the crib rail off, and (knock on wood) things are going really well. I think he likes having the feeling of extra space. He has only gotten out of bed once before I’ve come in to get him (for a nap). Otherwise, we do our routine at night, ask him if he’s ready for night night, he says “yes,” and crawls into bed. It’s amazing. For a kid that has been such a hideous sleeper his whole life, I can’t believe we are getting off this easy with the transition. I am thrilled and just hope it sticks!

    Hope it sticks for you, too!

  5. We transitioned our oldest daughter (now 3 yrs 10 mos) right around 2 years of age. We did the same thing, converting the crib into a daybed. She did great, although sometimes played during her nap for awhile. It was just a novelty thing, it wore off pretty quickly and after a couple weeks of sometimes napping sometimes not, she was back to napping every day (still does!).

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