Well, That Transition Didn’t Work

Yikes. That nap time didn’t go so well. Joshua is doing awesome in his pack n’ play sleeping in the other room. It’s darker and quieter and so far, he seems to really love it. Last night he was only up three times and once he found his binky and fell back asleep on his own!

Lucas on the other hand. Oh boy. I don’t know what to do. We got his room ready this morning. It’s safe and clean. We talked (again) about sleeping in his bed and how Joshua was going to eventually sleep in the crib. Then came time to put Lucas in his bed and walk out…. it didn’t work. We tried for about an hour to get him to stay in his room and in his bed. By that point he was just over tired, so I put him back in his crib and he fell asleep within minutes.

I don’t know if that just made things worse but I didn’t know what to do! He needs to sleep! Maybe we will try again tonight.

Anyways, earlier this morning, Lucas was full force whining, mis-behaving and driving his mother (me) crazy. I didn’t really feel like going out, because it’s a little wet out and we didn’t have any other plans besides a park visit, but 11 o’ clock hit and I knew it was either get out of the house for some sanity or lock my (did I mention mis-behaving, throwing, and whining?) toddler in his room.

A 5 minute drive to one of our favorite parks was my decision. The only thing I regret about that is not making the decision earlier in the morning!

This kid loves being outside. I guess I forget that sometimes. He was so happy and I swear, was just a perfect angel the whole time. We talked and talked about everything we saw and he was just the perfect kid!

Little did I know that it would turn into a geography lesson!

We talked about colors and jump from blue to purple to green to yellow. 
We talked about how we live in Alaska. 
How do you explain that to a kid? That Alaska is part of the USA but isn’t IN the map. 

My house is quiet, I’m off to watch The Bachelorette and do a few chores!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

12 thoughts on “Well, That Transition Didn’t Work

  1. Definitely try the baby gate at the door, totally worked for my son. He did exactly the same thing as Lucas and once we tried the gate it solved all problems. I think the gate made him feel safe and was sort of like still being in his crib.

  2. How old is Lucas? He may just not be ready for a big boy bed. It is a security issue. With my daughter she just didn't feel safe in the big bed. I ended up having to borrow a second crib so that both my babies had cribs. I have found (twice) that the bed transition doesn't go well until the child wants to sleep in the big bed and refuses to sleep in the crib anymore.

  3. He turned 2 in March. I thought/think he was ready because he is always talking about and playing/reading on his bed. (It's just a mattress on the floor.) I don't want to push or force this on him AT ALL. If it means we have to keep Joshua in the pack n' play for a few more months, I'm totally fine with that. I thought Lucas would like the bed though… maybe we'll give it a few more times and then give him a choice and see what he chooses.

  4. We're getting ready to move our son from the craddle in our room to the crib in the nursery. He's napped in it before, but I haven't been ready to have him our of our room yet. I'm already a little anxious about the transition.

    It sounds like moving to the big bed might just have to be something you practice. Maybe let it be his choice where he sleeps. I'm sure it won't be too long until he's in his bed.

  5. Keeley loved the idea, too, but it took a day or two to get it to stick, she wanted her crib. Really, just try again tomorrow.

  6. what about putting him in the pack n play & giving the baby the crib? Or can he get out of the pnp? Maybe if the option of the crib isn't there it won't be as much of an issue? Just a thought. 🙂 He'll transition eventually…sometimes it just takes time!
    When we transitioned to a big bed we worked on night time first and used a pnp for nap time. It worked great for us.

  7. Does the side rail of Lucas' crib come off? Ours converts to a toddler bed, though I'm worried it's a little high off the ground (Pixie just turned 2, but she's still only 30.5″ tall). Pixie tends to like SMALL transitions. She is quite sensitive and big upsets make her totally cranky and insecure. She loves routine and predictability. So for her, I'm thinking I will take the side rail off of her crib first, even though she also has a big girl bed in her room.

    And we'll also be using a gate at her door because she can open doors. I use a tension gate and sit on the outter part of the frame, with the bar facing into the hall so that it fits.

    She just spent the day with her Auntie and cousin's yesterday while the husband and I were at a wedding, and we couldn't fit her playpen in the car. So she was put down in her cousin's toddler bed, and then woke up in her other cousin's full size bed. 😉 But she actually napped! She's been put down there in their beds before, but has NEVER slept in them. I think it was just age and practice… So don't expect it to go great the first time. Time and repetition!

  8. Even though you said the mattress is on the ground…have you tried rails on the side? It may give him the “security” feeling of a crib, but he is really in the bed. My boys are the same age apart as yours…just a month or so older (the oldest was born in Jan 09 and the babe in Aug 10). I got a crib from my sister that I put the oldest in when the baby was born, and he is still in his crib. I am in NO hurry to get him out of his crib!! If you plan to have the boys share a room, can they both be in a (separate) crib in the same room? I couldn't handle the kids in my room much longer than a few weeks!!! Other options…put Lucas in his crib and Joshua in the PnP in the same room, or check out consignment shops in your area for an additional crib. OR…just give it a couple of nights, transitions aren't easy for anyone!!!!

  9. From what I read and also did with my daughter, you take down the crib completely and put their big kid bed right where the crib was. I also had to lay in the bed or right next to it for the first little while. After he gets used to his bed then put the crib back up for Joshua to sleep in. Just a suggestion, take it for what it's worth. Good luck again, be strong!

  10. May I ask what park that is? I have lived in AK my whole life and have not seen this one yet. We are on the south west side of town….

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