From very early on, it has been easy to see the similarities and differences between my daughters. Whereas Big Sister E has always been the responsible, mature, nurturing one, Little Sister B is curious, adventurous, and sometimes downright fearless.
Although their personality differences don't affect some things, there have been other aspects where the disparities cause me to make one parenting decision for one and not the other. The prime example right now?
Yep, the baby crib.
Big Sister E made the move from her crib to a toddler bed a few months before she turned 2. She was plenty ready and understood that, just because she wasn't confined, she still needed to lay down and go to sleep when it was bedtime.
The transition couldn't have gone smoother and, with Little Sister B's due date a few months away, we didn't have a single problem getting Big Sister E to understand that baby cribs were for babies and she was now a big girl.
Seeing as we had looked at convertible cribs before she was born but had decided to go with one that didn't change, that meant that we didn't need to purchase a second crib, we just moved it from one bedroom to the other and were completely prepared for our next little girl's arrival.
And now that Little Sister B is a happy, energetic, 2½-year-old, she has already been in a crib at least 6 or 8 months longer than Big Sister E ever was. But... the idea of having to put her back into bed over and over again at naptime or bedtime makes me tired just thinking about it. She'll be out climbing on things in her room and pulling her clothes out of her drawers in no time and I'll spend the cherished moments that should be quiet and relaxing having to "redirect" her back to bed.
So, what do I do? We've got this all ready for her:
But at this rate she's not going to ever get to sleep in it, since I'll keep her in a crib until she is too tall to fit in a toddler bed. At some point I'll just have to take the leap and go for it, right? And just hope that she's mature enough and can handle the transition?
If your child slept in a crib, how old were they when you moved them to a bed? Was the switch a difficult or easy one for everyone?
(This is a sponsored post, but the words are all mine. Right now I have plans to keep Little Sister B in a crib until she goes away to college!)