When the time came around that Jake had to have his cot turned into a big boy bed I cried a little inside. The thought of my baby becoming a big boy! growing into the perfect little toddler! I still think about it even now Jake is two and every time I look at him I think how is he getting so big so quick! Yes that’s Jake catching flies…
transitioning Jake happened a month or two before his second birthday, I was thinking do I don’t I for months before I made the decision to take the bars from the cot down and turn it into a toddler bed, Yes I nearly did cry but seeing Jake so happy to see a toddler bed that made me feel happy and excited to help him transition into the big boy that he is and not a baby anymore. (He’ll always be my baby though!).
So the most question I asked myself, my mum and when it came to it what people asked me was ‘how did you know when the time was right?’ I knew because Jake would kick one leg over the bar and attempt to climb the bars of the cot sometimes give or take a few times he would fall out due to climbing over but did he learn no?, did he keep doing it? yes, Is he ok? Yes the boy is perfectly fine. But he kept doing this for a good month. At first when he knew how to climb out I thought it was all a big joke and that he was being silly and I couldn’t believe my eyes until I saw it myself and then it all became real when I did see it and thought okay now is the time.
How did I cope with him running around you ask. Well at the beginning he took to the bed really well he would go to bed no problems but then the novelty started to wear off as more and more he would get out of bed and I must have put him back one night more than 10 times and then this became a regular occurrence so what I do now is that Jake goes to bed with my old iPhone he puts on YouTube watches his little kiddie videos and falls asleep with his favourite blanket! (Don’t worry I DO supervise him). But always remember to take one day at a time it does get easier.
People always say that having a routine is so important and that it ‘needs’ to be done for when it comes to them being in their own bed but I don’t buy it nor do I give Jake a routine and he goes to bed perfectly fine and sleeps the whole night till 7ish in the morning, I don’t know maybe I have the best child ever! Anyway as I was saying He goes to bed when he wants as I’m up till 12 in the evening anyway so it’s not a big deal, Although since Jake has been going to nursery every Tuesday and Wednesday he has started to form a routine which involves not having a nap at school anymore! he waits till he comes home which is 1:45pm, naps at 2ish then he will wake up just in time for dinner for about 6ish and then bedtime is about 9/10 sometimes 11 in the evening, But this routine works for myself and Jake and that’s all I care about.
This post is longer than my arm at this rate so I’m going to wrap it up here and just say that when it comes to transitioning your child don’t get too upset get excited for more milestones to come ahead! Look forward not backwards.