our move from crib to bed at 15 months
I decided not to sleep with C the first night so I could get a feel for how he would do alone. I did however, lay with him until he fell asleep which I normally don’t do. He’s never needed me to and if you read the comments here you now know that my child likes to go to bed around 5:30 pm give or take so it’s nowhere near my bedtime,although some nights I wish it were! If only I didn’t have to pump! Grrrr….I’m getting distracted, back to the subject, he went about our regular bedtime routine, laid down, he rolled around awhile, feel asleep and I was outta there! Around 2 am he woke up, cried and I slept with him for the rest of night. I wasn’t much surprised by that considering he was waking up in a somewhat unfamiliar place. He was scared, rightfully so.
- Use a mattress on the floor,no bed frame. You don’t have to worry about a serious fall. Sure, it may startle them if they roll off the mattress but you won’t have to worry that it’s that serious especially if you’re not in there to see how exactly they fell.
- To discourage some of those rolls off the mattress since I have a roly poly sleeper I put his crib bumpers underneath the fitted sheet. Similar devices are sold for this specific reason but if you know me, I won’t buy it if I can find a way to do it myself with something I already have.
- I also chose to just use a fitted sheet, no comforter or blankets for him to rustle up in until he’s a bit older besides his smaller “lovey” blankie.
- Secure all blind strings. I have low windows and C likes to look out them so I just went ahead and pulled them half up, wrapped and tied the strings along one of the top blinds.And then he just has his curtains to block light.
- Take out or secure all bookshelves or dressers to the wall. If it’s not in a stud it’s not going to do you any good by the way. In attempt to “Montessori” C’s room I moved his bookshelf into his closet for right now and am using it for storage.
- Use low shelving or none if you don’t have any at the moment and put a few books, stuffed animals, and safe toys out for play.
- You know those doorstop that stick out so your door won’t slam against the wall? Make sure to take that rubber piece at the end off. They pull right off and into baby’s mouth they go!
Aside from the fact that about 50 babies die each year from crib related deaths and another 9,000 injured in crib related accidents in the U.S.; I think that having the opportunity to be in openly exposed surroundings will assist C in developing independence, movement, focus,self-esteem, and decision-making skills, leading to a happy, healthy, well-adjusted person later on in life.
Sometimes we think too much. Is a crib really necessary or is just easier for us as parents to use it? Do we get it because we think that’s what we’re supposed to do.. ? It’s a personal preference but it’s one that should be carefully thought about.