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Thinking About the Big Girl Room Transition

When we first got pregnant with #2 and figured out what the age difference would be, I knew immediately that I didn’t want to mess with buying a second crib. Adeline will be just two months shy of turning three when he joins us, so buying a second crib seemed pretty pointless. It made much more sense to transition her to a big girl bed, and pass down her crib, than to keep her in her crib for a few extra months and then be stuck with one crib in storage. Her crib can convert to a toddler bed, and if we weren’t having another baby we’d probably do the big girl bed transition that way, but for time’s sake and to cut out that extra step, we decided to go straight to a twin bed. She’s used to napping on a mat or cot at school, so the idea shouldn’t be too awful new to her. Theoretically of course!

We’ve been really talking up her “super cool big girl bed” and making a big deal about it, as well as asking her what kind of bedding she wanted so she’d feel involved. When I ordered everything, I let her sit with me and “pick it out” and that seemed to add to the excitement. She’s been asking for a “pink bed” for weeks, so we were sure to order a pink bed suite. (Everything has to be pink these days!) We’ve also been talking about how we’re going to make a special trip to Target to pick out a Elsa Anna blanket, and some fun pillows and sheets. She really wants puppy dog sheets, so I’m not sure what we’ll be able to find, but a new puppy dog stuffed animal may have to suffice.

I’m not planning on redoing her entire room by any means, and ordered a bed and bedding that would already go with what we’ve got. When I did her nursery, I specifically picked out prints and items I thought could grow with her, and now I’m so glad I did. Her new bed and bedding should fit in just fine, with a few fun new additions of course to spruce it up. I found several super cute bedding options, but eventually settled with a solid pink that we could accessorize with fun pillows and blankets as her interests change. I originally wanted to order this adorable puppy dog bed set, but was worried she would grow tired of it and that it wouldn’t really jive with her current room. Toddler interests change daily, and with this being such a huge transition I didn’t want to risk her suddenly pulling a “I no like puppy dogs” attitude on me and adding to the stress.

The bed is a simple, iron, white twin bed that only requires one twin size mattress. No box spring! This means it will still be low enough to the ground to not feel scary, but if we want to add a box spring later we can. I ordered it on sale during Wayfair’s big Way Day sale, and got a GREAT deal! The bedding I also ordered through the sale, and it’s a girly solid pink with ruffles. And just to be safe, we picked up a mesh bedside rail on Amazon so she feels even more secure.

Now, I am absolutely no expert at making the crib to big girl bed transition and in fact I’m actually pretty nervous about it! I’m trying not to be, because I really think she’ll do ok, but it’s such a huge change for everyone! I think I might cry when we wheel the crib out of her room! It’s also kind of scary because now we have to think about her being able to have totally free reign in her room at night and the ability to come downstairs. We already have a gate at the top of the stairs, of course, but we’re planning on putting a second gate in front of her door too. I worry about her pushing down the stair gate so having a second one seemed like the safest option. We also need to make sure her room is 110% child proof and that ALL furniture is secured to the walls. So many safety things to consider!

I have anxious thoughts about the first few nights of the transition and can just picture her standing at her door screaming for us, but I’m hoping and praying she loves her bed so much that that doesn’t happen. I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for making the transition, and how it went!

In the meantime, I threw together a mood board for her big girl room, even though I’m really not changing that much! We’re still sticking with pink, white, and neutrals, so this shouldn’t be that huge of a makeover.

big girl toddler room ideas

Adeline is now begging to sleep in her “pink bed” so I’m not sure when we’ll actually get her bed built and put in her room, but she definitely seems excited. We still need to pick up a mattress, so I’m thinking it will be at least another week or two. I want to do it sooner rather than later so that she’s fully comfortable with it way before the baby arrives. The last thing I want to do is slap a whole bunch of change on her all at once! She rolled around in her new comforter though like it was the coolest thing ever and giggled until she couldn’t giggle anymore, so needless to say it’s a hit. Last night, she asked to sleep with her new pink pillow (accent pillow that came with the bedding) and when I tucked her in with it in her crib she laid right down. SO, maybe these are good signs?? Maybe the transition will be smooth as butter?

Who am I kidding. It’s going to be rough, I’m sure! Wish us luck!

(And, because I know someone will ask – no, she’s not bedtime potty trained yet. I would say she’s basically daytime potty trained at this point, and is wearing big girl undies to school. But, it’s still pull-ups at bedtime for the foreseeable future! Not rushing that one at all!)




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    May 3, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Oh gosh Annabelle isn’t nap or bedtime potty trained. It appears I forget to give her water until right before those times when she is super thirsty, ha. Right now, drinking and staying hydrated trumps potty trained during those times!

    I think she’ll be great! I’ve heard from others to build the bed and have it in there but have her in her crib for a few days and leave the crib up while she transitions. Also, Annabelle switched to a bed at my parents house because Nolan needed the crib and she did SO good. She’s slept there for naps and bed a lot of times so far (thanks to us crashing their house when Aaron was gone, haha!) and she stays in there until we get her 🙂
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      May 3, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      We transitioned Jackson in December to prepare for baby number two. He was about 22 months then. We have a bench at the foot of his bed so he can easily get out and a childproof door knob on the inside of his room so he can’t open his own door. We had a week where he would open the door and run through the house after doing great for several months.

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        May 16, 2018 at 1:48 pm

        haha aww! I hope he’s doing better now though! Our doors have a hinge handle, so we can’t use the knob like you’re talking about – that would be so much easier!

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      May 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      That’s so great that she sleeps good at your parents in the big bed! I’m nervous about Adeline sleeping in other ‘big beds’ besides her own but I’m hoping she figures it out so she can stay at her grandparents when the baby comes!

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    May 3, 2018 at 8:06 am

    I feel like you read my mind with this post! We let H pick out her sheets and had her help us put the big girl bed together. That seemed to get her excited to sleep in it. We actually took the crib out and dismantled it without her seeing (not sure if that’s ideal, but I figured out of sight, out of mind). Also, not sure what kind of knobs you have on the door (we have the regular round ones), so were able to get a childproof knob cover so she can’t turn the knob. So far, so good. She’ll knock on the door for us occasionally, but at least I know she’s contained in there. OH, and I can’t tell you how many bottles of lotion, etc I put up and away before the big transition night… I was terrified she’d get into everything! Good luck! She’ll do great!

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      May 16, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Hahaha yes!! I had to totally CLEAN OFF the changing table because I quickly realized I basically had poison out everywhere hahaha

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    May 3, 2018 at 9:09 am

    The bed transition did not go well at all for us, but A is much older than R was when we did it, so I think you’ll probably have a better time. And bedtime potty training is a totally different thing than daytime! R is completely daytime trained, including naps, but for bedtime she’s not really even close. I don’t know quite how to go about nighttime training, honestly! Not looking forward to it.
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      May 16, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      I remember when you started it with R! You’re right, she was much younger than A, so I’m sure that played a huge part! I’m not looking forward to nighttime potty training either, but I have a feeling it will just kind of happen. We’ve had a few nights recently where A has either woke up in the middle of night crying saying she needs to go potty, or she’s woken up with a dry pull up, so I’m taking those as positive steps! Even though I imagine it might be as long as a YEAR or more before she’s 100% nighttime potty trained! Everyone has told me that’s totally normal!

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    The Curious Frugal
    May 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Not there yet over here but I know I will cry when we switch from the crib to the bed for her!!! She will probably be ready before I am. Lol

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      May 16, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      It was definitely a little emotional! Such a strange mix of feelings for sure!

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