Well, Sunday August 14 was the big day. Ethan got his toddler bed as a present for his birthday back in May. We didn't want to put him in it yet (enjoyed the comfort of having him safely stuck in one spot). A few weeks ago he actually fell out of the crib! he was fine, just scared. The good news is he hasn't tried to do it again. We knew that we would have to make the transition to toddle bed sooner rather than later though. He sleeps on a mattress at daycare, and he has slept on bunks in our trailer and when we went camping in Minneapolis (post to come later on that trip).
I had planned a trip to Minneapolis for us, and there is an Ikea there, so while we were down there we picked up the remaining items we wanted to put in his room so it would be ready for the transition to a "big boy room". We picked up a dresser and night table to replace the change table and storage shelf we have in his room right now. (Mike took the room apart before I had a chance to take a before picture, and I am not sure if I took one before Ethan was born so don't ask for one).
We still have to put the dresser together, but it is a Malm dresser from Ikea, like the night table.
Ethan wasn't too sure about the bed at first. He went in once Mike had it all set up, climbed on the bed, laid down, then sat up started crying and said No sleep" and took off. We couldn't get him to nap in it, I guess it was all too new and strange for him. We were heading out to Mike's parents for supper anyway, so we asked him if he wanted to nap on the way to Grandma and Grandpa's and he said yes. So off we went (it takes 1.5 hours to get there so I knew he would have a decent nap). Our afternoon was SO busy that he fell asleep 2 minutes into the car ride home, and didn't seem to care that he slept in his toddler bed. He slept through the night.
On Monday the big test came, he was wide awake when we put him to bed that night. We did the same old routine - brush teeth, get pajamas on, read story, then we assured him he wouldn't fall out and put Tad (his night time music frog) on, said "good night" and left. He went to sleep, and slept through the night!
One more milestone reached. Is it just me, or did it just seem like yesterday that Ethan was a tiny little baby who looked tiny in a bassinet, let alone a crib? And now he is sleeping in a "big boy" bed. Sigh. Time really does fly.