I think it’s finally arrived……the day when we say goodbye to cribs in our household for the last time. Ethan has learned how to climb out (and into) his crib. For his safety, I guess it has to go. Like every other baby thing, I was hoping he would stay in his crib for awhile longer yet. The thought of having to fight to train him to stay in a big-boy bed is not pleasant. Ryley did fairly well with the transition. Grace, however, was a nightmare. I just don’t know if I’m ready for this yet.
I did consider buying the crib tent to keep him in the crib for a few months longer. Hubby is adamantly opposed. And I wonder just how effective it would be. I’m not ready for him to be able to get out of bed and wander the house whenever he wants to. I’m not ready for him to be in a big boy bed. I’m not ready for him to move out of this phase. I’m not ready to say goodbye to cribs forever.
Yesterday, he didn’t nap at all because I put him down and then left for the grocery store. I guess within ten minutes of me leaving, he had climbed out and wandered downstairs. Daddy didn’t bother to put him back in. AAAAHHHHH!!! This afternoon, I put him down, and within twenty minutes, I heard some banging around up in his room. I walked in to find him in the middle of his floor, stacking his books. I know he is tired. I know he NEEDS this sleep. He will still consistently sleep for three hours in the afternoons, so I know the rest is required. But how to keep him getting it when he will not stay in his bed? So I rocked him to sleep this afternoon. Is this what I’m going to have to do for the next few months, every afternoon and night? I almost feel like I’m going backwards a bit to when he was a little baby and I would nurse him in his room before afternoon naps and before bedtime, knowing he would fall asleep and I would put him in his bed.
It’s been three years since the last time we went through the crib-to-bed transition. Honestly, I only have a vague recollection of how we did it. I do remember Grace just being awful about it, and it taking FOREVER to get her to sleep in the afternoon and evenings. Any suggestions? I need to be reminded on this particular step. THANKS!!!!