I’ve become THAT mother! You know which one I’m talking about. It’s the one who seems to be unwilling to move into the next logical phase of her child’s growth and development. Some may say I’m a hinderance. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I’m not ready for Davey to graduate to this next level.
He’s made it clear that it’s time to move on. He’s sent subtle and even not so subtle messages to me, but while I can see them and acknowledge them, it doesn’t make it any easier for me to hit the resolve that now is the time for Davey to get a toddler bed.
I know, I know, a lot of you are already there and have been there for quite some time. A lot of you have made a big deal about your child(ren) progressing along and I’m guilty of doing the same, but in this instance I’m perfectly content with telling other mommies out there that Davey is still in his crib. There, I’ve said it! He is still in his crib and I don’t feel even slightly bad about it. No, Sir, I don’t, but I will tell you what I do feel bad about and that’s the fact that moving him into a toddler bed makes my heart sick. It makes me feel sad.
I love the fact that my sweet little penguin lies in bed and waits for me to come get him. I like the fact that I can contain him in this one place. I like the fact that keeping him in a crib makes him still feel like my little baby. If I move him into a toddler bed, next thing will be a big boy bed and then school and then dating and driving and, oh my goodness, I just can’t keep travelling down this road!
My husband seems to be just as eager as I am to keep Davey in his crib, but for more logical reasons. For example, he’s afraid that since Davey moves around so much in his crib, that he may fall out of the opening and either hurt himself or worse still, wake himself up (which means we’ll be awake).
Much like having a second baby, I should just rip this band-aid off as well. I’m not going to ask any of you if I’m crazy, I’m well aware that I passed crazy a long time ago. And I don’t care how many of you judge me for keeping him in a crib. I’ll get there in my own time, I know I will, but I’m still curious….at what age did you start putting your child(ren) in a toddler bed and what was the reason you chose that age?
Don’t worry, each day I’m getting closer and closer to making this happen. Just don’t push me, ok!?!?!?!
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We went to a twin instead of a toddler bed with Nick at 2 years. The only reason I moved him was because his legs started getting stuck between the rails and I was scared I wouldn’t be able to get it out one day. I would have gladly left him in a crib longer. Drew was put in a twin at 18 months because he started climbing out of the crib. Amazingly enough, Nick stayed in the twin until we came and got him out. Not really sure how that happened. I don’t remember him ever trying to get up without us until he was around 4. Drew was a different story but, he would just get in the bed with Nick or me. No rush to move him, I think. At least until you need the crib. =)