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The Big Boy Room

Well, I’m back!  Albeit it’s a little later than initially planned, but better late than never, right?

I thought I’d let you in on one of the projects that has kept me occupied after finishing with all my school stuff:  Little Dude’s new room.

You see, with #2 due in something like 8 weeks (give or take, y’know, s/he just come out when s/he’s ready), I figured it was high time to get the little guy settled in his big boy room.  Since Peanut is going to occupy the nursery that Charles has called home for the past 19 months, I wanted to get my son settled in his new room early enough for him to get used to it and not feel as though he is being chased from it by a crying-eating-pooping machine that is just waaaay too close to the mama all the time.

We got the paint job done a couple of weeks ago.  A couple of days ago, we added the decals (much to my son’s pleasure, I might add).  We really hit the nail on the head when we picked the theme to his room as he has spent a lot of time in it since the roads, cars and trucks have been put up.  He also fell in love with his new bed and has been “napping” and having me and his stuffed animals “nap” on it for the past couple of days.  Then, today, my father-in-law came in to secure the bookcase/diaper storage unit/dresser/home for his million stuffed animals and put up the roll-up curtain thingy.

Anyways, here’s what it looks like.

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As you can see, we went ahead and transitioned from a crib directly to a twin bed.  We opted for a floor bed as we wanted Charles to be able to get down from it (and back up) by himself.

Much to my surprise, his first sleep in his new room went well.  I put him down for his afternoon nap, he fell asleep without a fuss, slept for 1.5h and walked out of his room when he was done.  For the first time in 2 weeks, he didn’t wake up from his nap whining my name as he waited for me to come and get him.  I think he was both happy and surprised when he realized that he could get out of his bed and room on his own.

Putting him down for bedtime was a bit harder.  He was definitely a bit frightened and he cried a bit.  But that is totally normal, right?  I mean, he’s sleeping in a new room and a new bed with a tweaked routine.  Both his father and I went in to rub his back and calm him down.  He eventually fell asleep, with his head in the corner of the wall (he typically slept with his head in one of the corners of his crib) and his blanky clutched between his arms.  Now all that’s left to see is how the rest of the night (and the morning) goes.  I’m crossing my fingers for things to go smoothly.

Sleeping like a baby...for now.
Sleeping like a baby…for now.

I expect that sleep time for the next few days will be a bit rocky, but I’m hoping that by the end of the week, we’ll be all set.  Here’s to hoping that I’m not being overly optimistic.

When did you transition your little ones to a new bed / room?  How did it go?


Thirty-something year old discovering the joys and bumps of motherhood.

10 thoughts on “The Big Boy Room

  1. Bravo on the transition to the big boy bed and the the great decorating! I dread this transition – I am afraid that with that freedom our good lil sleeper’s sleeping skills are going to fly out the window (or…out the bed!) Since we don’t have any other “more pressing” reason, 🙂 I am waiting until it seems like he might start climbing out…but we’ll see.

    Hope you are feeling well – you are in the home stretch!

    1. Thanks! We totally had fun decorating!

      And I totally get you: if it weren’t for the imminent arrival of baby brother or sister, the little guy would still be sleeping in his crib – most likely until he started to get the idea of climbing out.

  2. The room looks great! Hoping his nights are okay and he adjusts quickly. 🙂
    Sam is still in his crib, with one of the side rails down. 😉 His older brother, Joshua, was close to four when he moved to a big boy bed (because he ADORED the crib!!) I’m not sure if Samuel would welcome the change or protest. Hmm…

    1. Thanks! Our first night actually went well (but oh my was our morning early at 5:30!). I’m actually the one who had trouble with sleep; I kept waking up as I expected him to.

      I honestly would have kept him in his crib longer if it weren’t for Peanut’s imminent arrival. It just didn’t make sense to buy another crib (or a toddler bed for that matter) when we already had an extra twin bed. It’s great that you’ve been able to get so much use out of the crib with your boys!

  3. Fantastique! vous avez réussi quelque chose de très bien , vous êtes vraiment de très bon parents !!

  4. WE have been trying to transition my son to his big boy bed for some time now. He got it for Christmas, and would take his naps on it, but has been VERY reluctant to sleep there at night. Recently he has started asking to sleep in his bed when its bedtime (a plus) but doesn’t want to sleep in there alone and wants me to join him.

    Its a work in progress!

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