Sadie’s short-lived big kid room.

So, last Thursday morning (What is it with Thursdays lately?), right when I was about to leave for work, I went into Sadie’s room and discovered this (this is taken a few minutes later):

Yep, Sadie’s crib rail split. We’re not sure if one of us did it, putting Sadie back in sometime in the course of the night. Or if we need to be concerned that The Company is going to come looking for Sadie. Either way, suck-ola. So! I might have been a little hasty when I commanded, TAKE THE DAMN THING APART! I could just imagine Sadie busting through it that night, or gouging her eye out on the jagged wood (and I use the term “wood” lightly here). Sadie thought it was fantastic (say CHEESE):

How fun to have her bed on the floor! I’d been thinking off and on about transitioning Sadie to a low bed, especially since hearing a friend of mine talk a little about what she’d learned about low beds in the Montessori tradition. I definitely hadn’t quite planned on doing it yet, and I really had wanted to be slow and deliberate about it (as I was moving her from the bassinet/our bed to the crib/our bed to just the crib). But I’d just heard how good Sadie has been sleeping on her cot at daycare, so I figured, what the heck. We’ll give it a shot.

So I mulled this over on my way to work. And the whole morning, I kept thinking of how not-entirely-baby-safe Sadie’s bedroom was. Sure, she could hang there unattended for a while with one of us in the house, awake. But the thought of her roaming her room in the middle of the night, with a diaper pail to get into and who knows what else… So, I took the afternoon off. I did a tiny bit of shopping and found at an antique store a little table and stool that seemed just the right size for Sadie. I rearranged furniture and cleaned the floor. I was actually getting a little excited.

I took out most of her toys and left behind just a handful. The Montessori concept as far as sleeping goes is that all children, even babies, shouldn’t be restricted in their movement–night or day. I was prepared that Sadie would likely wake up in the night, as she does in her crib. But I kind of imagined Sadie getting up, playing with a puzzle or baby doll, and then putting herself back to sleep.

I was obviously out of my gourd. That night was a total train wreck. I’m sure that if you start your baby from infancy in a low bed, having a night like we had happens every so often. It took me nearly two hours to get Sadie to sleep, eventually letting herself wear down by running from the low bed to me and back, again and again, nursing every handful of laps. She slept soundly from 9:00 to 3:30 in the morning, but then she was up! Up. As in, took Trevor and me until 5:15 to get her back down. Not okay. And the way we got her back to sleep? Trevor rearranged the room halfway back to how it was and put the crib back together. He duct taped the split part and put that part against the wall. Not exactly ideal, and I’ve got some phone calls to make to see about a replacement part. Some of my work has stayed, though. We all really like the table and stool and the dressing area. Sadie can pick out what she wants to wear, and she even will put her shoes back when she’s not wearing them. She’s definitely a big girl, but I think we’re going to wait quite a bit longer before trying the big girl bed again.

Does anybody have any tips on how to make this transition easier next time? I’m sure just her being developmentally more ready will make a big difference. But I’d love to hear some success stories.

2 thoughts on “Sadie’s short-lived big kid room.

  1. Ben

    Ruby has slept on a “low-bed” ever since she learned how to climb out of her co-sleeper bed. When we made the switch, we put our mattress on the floor beside hers. That way, we were still really close to her, and she can climb into our bed if she wants to. And, indeed, most nights she wants to. It’s pretty darn cute to see her wake up at night, sit up with her eyes barely open, climb into bed, climb over Papa, snuggle in between Mama and Papa, and go to sleep. Other nights (like recently), she’ll wake up crying because of tooth pain, or just toss and turn in her sleep, and we’ll pick her up and bring her into bed with us. Only rarely does she start crawling away, but we keep the door closed and the bedroom Ruby-friendly. She still gets up to eat once each night, so it’s also pretty cute when she makes a break for the kitchen because she’s hungry. We’ve never been able to just lay her down for her to go to sleep–we’ve always had to get her to go to sleep either with a bottle (90% of the time) or just by holding her (10%). So, not sure how to help you make a transition, but thought I’d share!

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  2. Amira

    I don’t have a suggestion because Aiman is STILL sleeping with us. Some nights it’s sweet and I love having him so close and other nights, it’s not so sweet. But if you ever come across something that works for Sadie, please share! We’ll be moving into a two bedroom place in a few months and I’m trying to think of ways to make the transition easier too. If I find something that works, I’ll email you pronto.
    .-= Amira´s last blog ..Dependency at Its Worst =-.

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