My toddler is not a fan of transitions. Change. Anything different. Last weekend, we made the decision to convert his crib to the toddler bed. (We ended up with the day bed because the half-rail didn’t actually fit the holes pre-drilled in the side of the crib.)
Lucas insists that his bed is broken. We were afraid that he would not stay in the bed. We have the opposite problem – he will not get out of his bed. He totally can. When we’re reading books, he’s in and out of his bed. But after the lights are out, he does his usual playtime, and occasional yell for mommy – and refuses to get out on his own.
When he wakes from his nap or in the morning, he waits for one of us to go in and tell him he can get up.
He definitely is not one for change. I’ve tried making this transition easier for him. I offered to buy him something special for his “little boy bed” (because he is NOT a big boy, he says.) He didn’t want anything. What he does want is for daddy to lay in the floor next to him. Or for mommy to rock him an extra time.
We’re ok with this. Whatever to make this latest change easier for him.
Changes/transitions can be tough, especially for a little guy who is experiencing changes every single day as he learns new things.
To quote Rafiki (from my favorite movie, The Lion King), “Change is good.”
We just all have to accept it at some point.
If you’re a parent, what tips do you have for this (HUGE!) change in a child’s life? Changing where one sleeps is such a big deal!