Squishy will be turning two in a few short weeks (seriously???), and Hubby and I have started to discuss switching her crib out for a big girl bed.
We don’t really know how one goes about this with regular children. Crazy climbed out of his crib for the first time at 18 months, at which point we bought a bigger crib. Then he climbed out of that one around 22 months, so for the sake of safety, we put him in a big boy bed.
We fully acknowledge that he was too young, both in age and maturity and we spent the better part of the following year hosting him in our bed every night. But, he didn’t really leave us with much choice once he climbed out of his crib.
In all fairness to his craziness, we didn’t know about his condition until he was 2 and a half, so his crib was probably like a torture chamber for him.
My Squishy goes to bed so easily right now, and I don’t want that to change, nor am I completely ready to have that little thing wandering freely about the apartment while I am sleeping. As much as Crazy wasn’t ready to be in a big boy bed, the fact that he wasn’t ready meant the only place he went when he got up was into our room. Squishy on the other hand might decide to wander into the kitchen and make herself something to eat.
So what age is the right age to ditch the crib? More importantly, how do you do it without screwing up your child’s sleep pattern for months?