It's a twin bed and we put a toddler rail on it. Her bedding is Circo's nature love collection. She also has the adorable little lamp that looks like owls and birds are peeking out of a tree. I love it.
Why now? It was time. Riley had made a few escape attempts, but hadn't managed to get out, yet. She was sleeping with her long legs through the bars. As with every advancement so far moving to a bed had to do with Riley's needs as well as mine. Her size, independence level and hatred of being "trapped" were all major factors. Mommy's poor back also voted for no more crib. She had also developed an annoying habit of waking up at 5am the last two weeks off and on. I hoped it was a phase she was going through because of a prolonged cold, but either way being able to get up and play for an hour in her room before Mommy has to get up sounded helpful.
I was hopeful that our assessment of the situation was correct and Riley wouldn't be totally against the idea. Generally she's up for anything that means a little bit of independence. She's her mother's daughter in that way. Every time we make a change (weaning, one nap, day care, etc) I expect terrible things to happen and they haven't yet.
And so it went..
Down it came. The crib vanished with the last shreds of denial, she's growing up.
Ever my independent little explorer she just went for it. Clambering up to proudly survey her new big girl bed.
She pointed out all the owls and "Whoo"ed, snuggled all her pillows and said bed! more than a few times.
Her first nap in her big girl bed. It wasn't much of a struggle by the time we had the bed up she was ready for it. I found myself sitting in next room thinking "that's it?" We made a huge change, it's only forward from here and she just accepted it? Good, but sad. I needed to be more needed, I think.
We made it through day one! Bed time was a little more eventful, but relatively normal considering. She fussed a little and when I went back in she wanted a drink, but she wanted me to hold it. I think she just needed to know if girls in big girl beds still get extra attention from Mommy sometimes. I was happy to give it. She also got a little panicked when we put the baby gate in the doorway. We opted to wait until she was asleep to put it up. I was happy she slept so soundly.
Sunday morning I was ecstatic to sleep until 8am!! and find my girl happily playing in her room.