Friends B needed in her crib these past few weeks: Duck, Duck 2, Elephant, my old bear named Bear, her Bear, and a Bunny. Oh, and a blankie, her pillow, and her quilt. Needless to say, she was in tight quarters filled with some excellent company.
When she moved to her big girl room last year, we left the extra twin bed in there. We’ve napped on it a couple of times when she was sick, and she’s jumped on there many times to escape a diaper change. (Because who has the time to lay down for 30 seconds to get new pants?)
We went to the library last week and picked up The Berenstain Baby Bears My New Bed. Since she’s nearing the old age of 2, we’ve been trying to figure out how to make the whole transition easy on her (and us!)
Fast forward to yesterday (before we even read the book…)
B jumped on the twin bed before her nap and pretended to sleep and “snore.” I pulled the sheets back and joked, “What, do you want to sleep in here today?”
She said, “Yeah.” And she did.
I was left peering through her doorway in awe. “What just happened? Isn’t this supposed to be hard? Is she actually sleeping? Is she tricking me?”
Same story last night! What a big girl! We’re thrilled (and still a bit confused), and we love that she loves the big bed. Imagine having bars and stuffed animals all around you for weeks, and then, suddenly, you can move. Sweet toddler freedom! And for us, no more lifting 30+ lb kiddo over the side of the crib! B won’t be whipping her leg over the side of the crib in an effort to help one of us lift her! Safety! Woot!
When we sat down to read our library book yesterday, I couldn’t help but laugh.Little Bear starts out telling his (rhyming) story about how his crib was more than enough– it kept him safe, he could stand, throw his teddy bear and his Mom would come in. He was happy in his crib! Little Bear begins to realize that he’s much bigger, and that his “…crib’s no longer big enough for me and all my toys and stuff.” Little Bear must be B’s spirit animal/book character. Eventually, he noticed a “grand new, brand-new bed,” just for him. Suddenly, he looked smaller & older at the same time. Just like B.
To caretakers of bed transitioning toddlers everywhere… B only looked at the cover of this book before deciding she wanted the big bed, so I’m 90% convinced this book is magic. 😉
The Berenstain Baby Bears My New Bed