Completing the headboard in the guest/future “big” girl room had me ecstatic. Philip and I both agreed that even though V was climbing out of her crib, she wasn’t quite ready to make the leap to a regular bed. She is just way too wild when she sleeps and the thought of her falling off the full size bed at night had us just as worried as her falling off her crib.
The crib we had does convert into a toddler bed, but without the rail. That simply wasn’t going to work for our little wild child. So, I found an awesome deal on Craiglist for a toddler bed and drove over 45 minutes to pick it up. Sometimes a good deal is worth the drive. Plus, I used the money from the sale of another piece of furniture to fund this purchase, which meant no extra money out of our pockets. Woot, woot!
Vanessa is pretty much obsessed with how much space she has now that the huge crib has made it’s departure until baby #2 arrives this winter.
I stuck with the pink and turquoise color theme since we’ll only be living in this rental for another two months before we move to Korea. I feel like everything is out of place without the crib in the room. I really wish we had some better storage options for her toys, but this arrangement is only temporary and any extra purchases will have to wait.
My favorite part of her room is the alphabet wall art I made for her last year.
Vanessa is an early bird despite having the curtains lined with black out shades. So it was important for us to have a little area for her to play during “quiet” time. V is a spit fire and full of energy. She almost never stops, so we cut out a little time everyday for a nap. Even if she’s not sleeping, she gets to unwind a little bit.
We keep it simple with toys that don’t make any noise, but still encourage imagination. The toys also had to be COMPLETELY safe for unsupervised play. She also has books that she can reach on the book ledges I made for her near her bed.
I also made a little series of photos that I thought you toddler moms might enjoy!
We’re still having trouble with encouraging her to nap in her new bed without a fight (nights have been easier). She’s absolutely not ready to drop her nap yet because she will consistency nap 3+ hours even when she resists naptime. We close the curtains so it’s nice and dark, but I guess her new found freedom is too big of a temptation. No nap equals a very cranky child and exhausted momma!
She also falls out of her bed at night. It doesn’t seem to bother her and we won’t put her back in bed unless she wakes up. We’ve been checking on her a lot and we can’t help but laugh when we find her like this a few hours after she’s been sound asleep in bed. Love that little girl!
So far the crib to toddler bed transition has been fairly easy, but there has been some difficulties in the nap department.
Any tips on getting her to nap consistently in her new toddler bed?
Author: Maria Ibbitson (Craft Crazy Mom)
Navy Wife. Mother. Photographer. Crafter. Blogger. Obsessed with glitter, cotton swabs, and the color white. Fueled by coffee, stinky cheese and red wine. Adores her family, blogging and taking pictures along the way. This blog is dedicated to life, love & diy.