Today we thought we would try the toddler bed.
G had woken up in the night this past week, talked a bit, and gone back to sleep - all on her own! I praised her in the morning and told her that shows me she might be ready for a bed, a little toddler bed. We could give the crib to somebody else who has a baby.
We have had said bed since June. It is a hand-me-down. It is bright pink and we knew she would love it. Today was the day. Daddy had been gone all week and picking her up to get her in and out of her crib has been hard on my chronic shoulder tension / migraine situation. Her little bed will take care of that.
All day we talked about "The Rule". What is the rule? She can not get out of the bed on her own. She must wait for Mommy or Daddy. We even practiced. Being so excited she asked us to close the shades and turn off the lights. She set her bed up, crawled in, had one of use tuck her in, and we left - for a few minutes. We came back in and praised her for waiting in bed for Mommy or Daddy. She wanted to do it again. We did.
Then it was nap time. We went through the same procedure. I sat in the hallway, just in case, reading. After about 20 minutes I went to peek through the key hole. (Yes, we have old fashioned skeleton key holes - perfect for peeking.) She was out of bed. I went in and told her 'bummer' and moved her things to the crib, which was still in her room for this very purpose. She was not happy about the situation, but The Rule is The Rule.
But now she is back in her
cage crib and is actually napping. I told her she can try again tonight. If she still can't follow The Rule her pink bed will go away for a week and then we'll try again.
Anyone want to place bets?