When it comes to transitioning your child from a crib to a big bed, there are 2 perfect words to describe the experience. Oh and f*ck!

*Diclaimer: Don’t use all of this at once or else you’ll be so jacked up and call everyone, babbling away in your Nyquil and Xanax haze. But look at the bright side. There would be something to talk about during those awkward Thanksgiving dinners.

We really dragged our feet when it came to the hummingbird getting her big girl bed. It wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be but it also wasn’t a great transition.

Giving the then 2 year-old little hummingbird free reign to her room was terrifying to me. We took out most of her toys and even found latches so she couldn’t get into her sliding door closet.

Other than that, we just hoped she would sleep. It was a good few weeks when she really got the hang of it and would actually stay in bed on some nights.

Here are a few parenting essentials you’ll need when you’re outside your child’s door while they scream mmmoooooooooommmmmmmmyyyyyyy.

I may or may not have used some or all of these things. Ahem.

Nyquil is the midnight snack for moms the world over. During this transition, pre-order a case. While you’re telling your child over and over and over again to get back in bed, make it a drinking game. Every time you say GET. BACK. IN. BED. RIGHT. NOW., take a shot. You’ll be passed out in no time and won’t care that your kid won’t stay in bed. Problem solved!

Baby jail, or a security gate so they can’t get out of their room and cause havoc all over while you and the hubby are sleeping soundly.

An iPod is a must. Instead of hearing your child scream bloody murder, you can hear Trent Reznor do the same to music.

Calling your mom. There will probably be a time during this (and every other stage of childhood) when you will call your mom and tell her you’re child is broken and you want a new one. Okay I never said that (or maybe I did) but I have said countless times “this can’t be normal, can it?”.

A big, Costco size bottle of Xanax for obvious reasons.

There you go, you’re all set. Now, get that Nyquil bottle into position!

How did your child respond to the transition of a big bed? Was there lots of drinking? Dead bodies? A nervous tic?

*photo credit: TheKidChronicles

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5 Responses to When it comes to transitioning your child from a crib to a big bed, there are 2 perfect words to describe the experience. Oh and f*ck!

  1. Christene June 14, 2012 at 21:33 #

    We moved Munchie into a big girl bed when we had to give her crib to Ducky. She was only 1.5 when this happened, and didn’t understand why the little “intruder” (who she now happens to love dearly) was getting her stuff. So I don’t know if she was screaming because she was mad he was getting it, or if she just didn’t like the new bed. Either way, there was screaming. And crying. And some rum (for me and hubby).
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  2. Angie June 15, 2012 at 10:37 #

    I was very lucky when I transitioned my daughter from a crib to a toddler bed. She did awesome! There were a few incidents where she would wander out of bed, but she only had toys and clothes to play with. Just yesterday we bought her a twin and moved her out of the toddler bed. She loves it! The only real problem I have with her is not sleeping. She is over naps. Luckily, she usually stays in her bed and reads books or plays with her stuffed animals.
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  3. Sarah June 15, 2012 at 17:38 #

    We are about to embark on this fine adventure with my 2nd and I am terrified. Even though I had to take my first out of the crib at an earlier age because she started climbing out of the travel bed and I was so scared she would try in the crib which is a much higher fall. She was fine at first until she realized she could actually get out of the bed! So we put up a baby gate and she would sometimes still be awake when we went to bed or she would drag her pillow and blanket in front of the gate and sleep there!!! My 2nd has never attempted to get out but the 3rd will be here in 3ish weeks so I want to do it before she thinks she’s losing all her stuff to this kid mom brought home. She has a much stronger will than the first I have fears it will be a great battle. On top of it all we are moving 3 weeks after the 3rd arrives its not going to be pretty!
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  4. Stephenie Stone June 15, 2012 at 21:10 #

    Ha, one of the few things I did not have a hellatious time with. Now, potty training on the other hand…
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  5. Stephanie June 16, 2012 at 05:45 #

    We transitioned our son to a big bed (and new bedroom) when he was two, a couple of weeks before his sister was born. We put covers on the doorknobs so he could not get out. Oh, happy day! Then the nap time debacle started. He spent every nap time pulling every. single. bit of clothing out. of. his. drawers. Did I mention i was 8 1/2 months pregnant? After a couple weeks of this, and spending more time putting the clothes back than he was “napping”, I gave up. He was done with naps. When his sister was born she didn’t nap much ever either (what newborn doesn’t nap???) so it was a brutal time, but we made it through.

    Our daughter was transferred to a big bed at 18 months. Her brother had taken to climbing into her crib, and one morning I came in to wake her up only to find she had lowered one corner of the crib rail and she was climbing out! She got a big bed that very day, and I kid you not, she climbed into her new bed and hugged it! The door knob covers didn’t fit at our new house, but she was pretty good about not opening her door.

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