When Addie was a baby, I was scared to even have a bumper on her crib. Whenever you read SIDS warnings they tell you to keep all toys, blankets and bumpers out of the crib for at least the first 6 months. So I did. I kept everything out of Addie's crib until she formed an attachment to her blanket "Pinky". And when I started letting her sleep with Pinky, it led to sleeping with a dolly. And a teddy bear. And a book. And a sippy cup of water. And a pillow. You get the idea.
But now, at 2 years old, she has decided she wants to sleep with her ENTIRE bedroom. No joke. This is how she slept the other night...
The reason Addie insisted on taking 7 babies, 2 Bla Bla dolls, a book, a sippy cup and a random stuffed Easter egg to bed is because she can't get in and out of her crib. She still hasn't learned how to get out and I have been thanking my lucky stars for MONTHS because it is nice knowing that once she is in bed for the night...she is staying there.
But when she goes to bed at night, she likes to play by herself for a little while. She likes to look at a book, talk to her dolly, take a drink of water, etc. and when she can't get out of her crib to get these things...she cries. Loud. And then in the morning when she wants to do the same thing, she cries again. Even louder. At 5:00 a.m. I keep waiting for the day when she decides she won't wait for me to come in and just jumps the side of her crib. I think she is scared to do it, which is a good thing because I don't want her to hurt herself.
BUT...I know it is only a matter of time. I know I am not going to be able to keep her in her crib until Kindergarten (as much as I would like to :-) so I am starting to wonder if it is time for a big girl bed. Her crib converts into a toddler bed which is an easy change. We already have the toddler rail waiting in the basement. We just need to bite the bullet and do it. Or should we?
I need some advice. If your 2 year old was still staying in their crib at night and not trying to escape, would you keep them in their crib until they did learn? Would you take advantage of those last few months of security? Or would you transition now, knowing that it was only a matter of time? I like the idea of her being able to get in and out to grab a book if she wants one and not scream for one of us to come in. BUT...the ability to get in and out of bed whenever she wants might create even bigger problems. Again...we will have to deal with this at some point, but it is better to do it now while I am still up in the middle of the night with Blake anyway? Or take advantage of the crib time I have left and wait it out? Any insight on this subject would be much appreciated :-)