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February 14th, 2009, 11:40 AM
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How was your experience? I havent done this yet but Nicole's new disney fairies bed is here and ready to be set up. Im hoping its a pleasant transition but Im not quite sure. Every time Ive changed something in her routine she freaks out Please please God let this work lol

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February 15th, 2009, 07:19 AM
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First thing I have to ask is whether or not she can open doors. This was huge for us. I think we waited too long. Sam had not tried to climb out of his crib yet, so we kept him in it, but he outgrew it height-wise (35"). He could also open his door easily.

At 2y 3m, I converted his crib and it was a rough couple of days putting him back into bed every 5-10 minutes. He was my good sleeper, it was just getting him to stay there that proved to be an issue.

We tried a gate at the door, but that was ineffective since we had an open floor plan at the time and he could see right into the living room/dining room from his doorway.

Cruel as it may sound, we put a door knob cover on the inside of the door. That lasted a little while, then I just had Eric turn the doorknob around and we "locked" him in. This allowed me to check on him before we went to be and unlock it for him to get out in the morning.

For the most part, he's really good abotu going to bed and we have the occasional "go to bed Samuel", but it was work to get him there.
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February 15th, 2009, 11:11 AM
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Nope she cant open doors really at all although Im sure it wont be too long. I didnt know there was a height restriction on the crib. Nicole has been 36 inches for quite some time. I just put her bed together well at least finished it this morning. She laid down in it for a minute but then wanted to go downstairs. Im hoping the gate will work and we do close the door at night cuz of the cats. If we kept the door open she could probably see into our room if she really wanted to. Im leaving the crib up just incase it dosent quite work out. It always seems to be that Sunday is the day we try something new and I hate it cuz I chicken out since I need to get up early the next morning. Hopefully it will workout alright. I just dont want her to be playing with her toys.

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February 15th, 2009, 03:53 PM
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February 16th, 2009, 01:51 PM
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I was lucky and all my kids made the transition very well, I waited to move them until they started climbing out of the crib! lol

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February 21st, 2009, 12:44 PM
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I think I had to get firm with two of my dc. We had a rule when they were little that they had to call before they could get out of bed. They were already sleeping with their crib rails down and could get in and out on their own, but they had to ask first. The bed seemed to give them the idea that they could just get up whenever they wanted to so we had to be firm for a few days and keep putting them back in bed immediately whenever they got out. It didn't take long for them to stay put and go to sleep. I did stay very close to their rooms those first several days, though, so I could put them back in immediately. If they were to get up and walk around looking for us it was much more difficult. We didn't yell or anything, just told them they must stay in bed/it's time to go to sleep, etc.

Have you started yet? How's it going?
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March 8th, 2009, 03:55 PM
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I am working on this as well and would like any info I can get. I tried one night to take the rail off her crib and she didnt do to bad as far as going to sleep the first time. I tried the door open with a baby gate. She just got up. I then closed the door and she couldnt quite get it open(it sticks just enough LOL). So a few minutes later all was quiet. It was she was out of her bed sleeping on the floor when I went to check on her. I dont know if she fell out or if she got up and went right back to sleep on the floor. We put her back in bed and DH says she got up like 3 times in the night to play and stuff and he put her back to bed eventually with the rail back on. We have a new baby and were very low on sleep so it was for the best that night. I will be trying again soon though. I will need her to sleep in her own bed(not in the crib) because the my son is going to need the crib soon. Hopefully this will all play out as good as it is in my head. LOL!!! One can only hope.
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March 23rd, 2009, 12:30 PM
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Everything went great for us. Hunter does not care about change, he is pretty easy about that. What I did was set up his toddler bed while his crib was still set up so he could get a feel for it. This was at 18 months. Then at 20 months I took down his crib and its been a month now and he hasn't had any problems at all with the toddler bed.
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