Thursday, December 10, 2009

Silly Mommy, Big boy beds aren't for Babies!

When it comes to parenting I never stop feeling like a
bona-fide newbie!

Sure, I've picked up a few things along the way....
Like "No" isn't actually a cute first word.
Learning to throw a ball is fun but there's a limited ability to comprehend that not ALL things are balls.
It's adorable that I've got a socializer, it's NOT adorable at bed time.
Gas is funny in the bath but not funny when you go to the ER and pay the bills to find out your little one's lactose intolerant.

Then there are things that are, no doubt, "DUH, You didn't KNOW that?!"
Like turning the crib into a big boy bed when a munchkin is only one.

Yah yah, I wanted him to grow up faster or I wanted a reason to decorate the room...whatever the case may be, it took whining to my coworkers and being sent an article to get that the torturous bedtimes are MY FAULT!
Mistake #6: Going from a crib to a big bed too early Mistake
Let me quote something here...and add a little commentary:
"Your child turns 2 (Lets try 16 months in my case)— what a big guy! — and you want to celebrate by buying that cute toddler bed you saw on sale (or just redecorate). But as soon as you make the switch, he starts getting up after lights out or waking up in the wee hours. (Yup!!)
Why? Before the age of 3 or so, many kids are just not ready to leave the crib behind. "They don't have the cognitive development and self-control to stay within the imaginary boundaries of a bed," says Mindell. (OHHHHHH!!)"
The next conversation I had went like this....
"Hi hus. I suck. Can you change the bed back to a crib? He doesn't have the cognitive deveelopment and self control to stay within his bed."
(Really, Allegra? Cognitive Development? Speak human)
"Sure babe. It will take me 20 mins. I'll do it when I get home."

B. Last night, while he cried and screamed as usual, it was SO MUCH BETTER not having to get out of bed and lay with him at 4am beacuse he was knocking on his own door saying, "Heh-woah?! HEH-WOAH?"

images from pottery barn kids


  1. HEH-WOAH! Too funny. See all that you are teaching me! Can you please put together some kind of manual for me in the future.

  2. I'm just going to let you in on a little secret here in the buick household...
    just don't tell ANYONE!
    all my kids are still in cribs...but mason has learned to climb over the rails and then go in the kitchen and make his own oatmeal for breakfast.

  3. too funny
    & what a good hubby too

  4. Awww Allegra,
    You are a great mommy, and guess what we are all making it up as we go along. As for the toddler bed, I switched Zoe at 19months because she was climbing out of her crib. It took a few nights but she learned to stay in her own bed, our big thing was she really didnt like having her door closed, so once we opened the door she did better. Your doing a good job!

  5. Oh the joys of motherhood. We always had those knob things that keeps them in their rooms. That sounds mean doesn't it. It helped me sleep better though. My girls never banged on the door, so I wouldn't know what to do about that. Hang in there!

  6. I still feel like I don't know what I'm doing and I have 4 kids. lol. Your hubby was a good sport about it. :)

  7. Sooo funny! I made this same mistake too and it sucked! Ha Ha! I'll admit it, I did want to redecorate! LOL! We ended up just putting a gate on the door and they would stand at it all night long crying and then crash on the floor. It was good while it lasted, because then they figured out how to climb over the gate!

  8. SUCH an adorable story! Good advise too! I am going to pass this along to my girlfriends with newborns!

  9. I'm smiling!!! you are such a good mommy. It was a family secret I kept all my kids in cribs till 3 all the other moms use to tease me... but I wanted my sleep! My son who is 4 sits up in his bed now and doesn't know he can get off his bed without me :)

  10. I'm exactly like Lulu - Katelyn was in her crib until she was 3 - {right after she was potty trained...!} - because I loved my sleep too much!

    Lessons learned all the time being mommy's - and you have the best husband who is so willing to learn with you and remedy situations!

    So excited for your sleep to come back .... LOVE YOU!

  11. cute and funny story! I love how you explained it to your husband! to cute!

  12. Loving this story and the Heh-woah!! We live and we learn.

  13. so funny! tucking away for later in life. thanks for the lesson!

  14. Can you please put together some kind of manual for me in the future.

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