The Key To Transitioning Your Toddler

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We are going through a lot of transitions in my house lately.  Yes, a new baby and sister is a HUGE transition in itself.  But we are also dealing with getting our 2.5 year to stay in her toddler bed.  A huge task!

Since Cami and Brylee are only a year apart, they sleep in the same bedroom, both in cribs.  Just recently Brylee started climbing out of her crib.  So we took off the front, making it a toddler bed.  But when the little smarty pants realized she could get out whenever she liked, she did!

So not only was Brylee not sleeping.. neither was Cami since she woke her up.  And neither was I, since I had to keep putting her back into bed AND be up with her at 6:30AM!  Oh and naps?  Brylee doesn’t nap anymore.

Have I found a solution?  Well, I think so.  For now.

  • We moved Cami back into the pack and play in the playroom for bedtime and naps.  The first night she slept until 9:30am AND took a 3 hour nap that day!  Poor kid needed to catch up on sleep.
  • We also decided to let Brylee cry it out if she woke up in the middle of the night.  We only had to do this once.  She didn’t even get out of bed.
  • We still leave her door open, to be able to check on her and make sure she isn’t up to no good.  If she does get out of bed, being consistent is the key.  Don’t say anything and put her back into bed.  We only had to do this the first few nights.
  • Then there was a lot of praise!  The first night she slept through the night until 7am and didn’t get out of bed, I hugged her lots and showered her with tons of praise.  This is a huge motivator!

But there is still the nap issue.  Brylee will be 3 the beginning of November.  So she may be giving up her naps.  She does seem to go to bed without a fight since she doesn’t nap.  And she is learning to have quiet time during Cami’s nap time.  This usually means doing puzzles on the ipad, reading or watching a movie.  If she does have a fussy day, I will send her to her room to rest and be quiet in her bed.  But that doesn’t last long.  We will have to see how it goes without naps for now.

So, what exactly is the key to transitioning your toddlerCONSISTENCY! Don’t give up.  Keep trying something else till you get it figured out.  Or sometimes, you just have to keep at the same thing till your little one gets into the habit of it.

Now, it’s transitioning to undies for Brylee (potty training.. ugh!) and giving up binkies for Cami (no more pacifying).  Yay, I can’t wait.  ;)

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5 Responses to The Key To Transitioning Your Toddler

  1. Melissa says:

    I found it was helpful to get fun sheet sets for the toddlers to make bedtime fun.
    I have four kids sharing a room (3 boys and 1 girl) and the room is designed gender neutral ( painted a calming green and we hung framed pictures of family favorite vacations). The kids love their bed space decorated in their favorite characters or theme with pillows and sheets. We keep the comforters the same for simplicity.
    When it time to transfer out of the crib (that shares space in the room) all the kids make it a big deal to go shopping for new “big kid” bedding!

  2. Pamela says:

    Oh you dear, dear mother. You have, in one sentence, giving other young mothers the key to happy, cheerful children. It’s consistency. Children don’t have to wonder if this time will make momma upset — they know if she said it once she means it always. Wonderful post that even this grandmomma enjoyed.

    Blessings on you and your sweet family,

    • Carolyn says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging words, Pamela!!! I always am wondering if what I am sharing will really help other moms out there. But I know for me, I am ALWAYS asking moms young and old for advice on everything. So hopefully what is working for me (at the moment!) will maybe help a mom or two out there. ;) And consistency is key, once you get the hang of it. ;)

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