Toddler Transition From Crib to Regular Bed

Why transition now?

This past weekend my husband and I transitioned our 2.5-year-old out of her crib and into a regular bed. We decided to do this for multiple reasons:

  1. When travelling, our daughter slept in her PlayPen, but recently she learned to climb out of it. Therefore, we needed a new option.  
  2. She learned how to climb out of her crib, and we were very concerned with her hurting herself. 
  3. We began to hear her hitting her arms and legs on the crib throughout the night, which was now causing her to wake up. Another indication that we needed a bigger sleeping arrangement for her.  

Truthfully, we wanted to keep her in her crib for as long as possible, the crib made our life much more comfortable, but we knew it was time to make the switch.

Preparing for the Transition:

Our daughter is good at napping for extended periods and sleeping right through the night (we are fortunate, she is a good sleeper), BUT she always throws an absolute fit when she realizes it’s bedtime. The only reason she stayed and eventually fell asleep was that she couldn’t get our her crib to avoid falling asleep. She loved her sleep, but she didn’t love going to sleep. Therefore, we knew that this transition could be a tough one for us. We knew we needed to have a plan for how to transition her so that she stays in bed and goes to sleep. I turned to my friends and did a bit of research to get some tips for this transition.   

 Below are the tips we followed and seem (so far) to have worked for us:

  1. Getting ready for the transition: We began talking to our daughter about her new “big kid” bed. We also read her a children’s’ book about a little elephant transitioning from his crib to a big bed. The book was called “A Big Kid Bed is Coming” by Liz Fletcher. She loved the book! I think this step is pretty important; they can visualize the change and understand it a bit better.
  2. The excitement factor: Many people suggested enticing her to her new bed by adding lots of stuffed animals and colourful bed sheets with some of her favourite books. This will hopefully convince her to go to bed and stay there. We did this, and she loved it! She lined up all her stuffed animals beside her, put her new sheets over them to sleep with her; it was really great.
  3. Getting the room ready: Babyproof the room, like REALLY baby proof it. They will be walking around enjoying their new freedom and wanting to check out their surroundings. We took out lamps, toys and anything she could climb. We basically left her books and her dresser (which we bolted to the wall). We also added a night light because I didn’t want her walking into anything when she got out of bed.  
  4. Protecting her from rolling out of bed: I had bought one bed rail but realized once the bed was constructed, I needed two. I panicked a bit, but a friend of mine gave me an excellent tip. Take a couple of towels, roll them together in a long roll and put it under the mattress sheet along the side of the bed to help them from rolling right off the bed. So far it has worked just as well as the baby rail, so big win! Since this is a new transition, though, I have added lots of carpet and padding on the floor just in case. 
  5. When to begin: I was told to start this process during her afternoon nap; I was a bit weary because I love her nap time and my break time but, it was definitely a good idea. She walked out many times before falling asleep, but she was more prepared for bedtime that evening.   
  6. Make bedtime a bit earlier than usual. I started bedtime about 30 min early because I knew she would be getting up and walking around at the beginning. She left the room many times, but each time we held her hand and brought her right back to bed, reminding her it was bedtime, and she had to go to sleep. On night 1, we did this about six times. By the last time, she realized she couldn’t come out, stayed in her bed and eventually fell asleep. This was about 1 hour after her usual bedtime.

Some other things to consider:

  • Putting the video monitor back into the room to keep an eye on them as they explore their new freedom.
  • Lock the bedroom door if they don’t stop leaving their room. I know this is controversial, but they cannot get out of their crib, so I don’t see a difference with locking their door. 
  • If they do not stay in bed for nap time, try quiet time. Tell them they still need a rest and can quietly read books in bed until mom/dad gets them. There are two reasons to do this: they are tired and need a little rest, and you still need a break.  
  • I haven’t nighttime potty trained my daughter yet; I am not sure how I will add this to the transition, but if you have any hints/tips, please let me know!

One final piece of advice:

Like everything with our little ones, you’ll have to be patient. Some toddlers may fight this change, and their sleep may get negatively affected for a while; some may love this new change and go right to sleep; there is no telling how our children will respond, so don’t beat yourself up if it isn’t going as you anticipated. With these transitions, I have learned never to have any expectations, just make the change, and roll with whatever happens. Changing your toddler’s routine is hard on your little one, but it is also hard on you. Make sure you give yourself a break from time to time, eat a slice of cake, go for a long walk, whatever it is you need to do to reset. Also, if my tips aren’t working, then ignore them and make your own. You know your child better than anyone, and there is no perfect process! 

Good luck!

If you have any additional tips or would like to write about your experience with your baby and their transition, please common below! 


The Bad Mothers Book Club- My Book Review

By Keris Stainton

This is another great mom read; I highly recommend it!

What is the story about?

The Bad Mothers’ Book Club by Keris Stainton is a fictional story about a group of mothers with the primary focus being on the character, Emma Chance.  Emma and her husband, Paul, have two young children.   They have decided to move their family out of the city and into a smaller town.  The story begins in Emma’s kitchen the morning before the first day of school.  Emma and the children are nervous for the first day at their new school. They haven’t met any new people in this town and they are hoping to make some friends. The first day of drop off does not go well for Emma, but this gives the reader a glimpse into Emma’s personality.  As days progress and drop-offs continue, she begins talking and meeting new moms.  She quickly finds out there is one woman named Jools, who seems to run the town.  Jools also holds an exclusive book club for only some moms from the neighbourhood.  From the outside, Jools seems like a very mean and egotistical woman, but, as the story continues, you see the struggles Jools is experiencing.  A few chapters of the book are dedicated to some of the other moms Emma meets.  These women and their stories slowly intertwine with Emma’s. 

One thing I should also note, the book barely includes any book club meetings.  The title is a bit misleading.  The Bad Mothers Book Club doesn’t even come up until the last few chapters.

My thoughts on the book…

This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will remind you that you are not alone in your motherhood journey. Emma’s’ story shows the struggles she is experiencing as a stay at home mom, her absolute love for her children, the highs and lows of her marriage, and so much more. It was interesting reading about her insecurities as a mother, or the insecurities she began to feel as a wife.  I am sure these feelings have been experienced by mothers everywhere. 

As mentioned above, the book also focuses a few of its chapters on the other moms Emma meets.  I think Stainton does this for multiple reasons, one, to show the readers different motherly perspectives and two, to show how much people go through behind closed doors.  One of the most important lessons in this book is to remember that how people appear on the outside is often very different from how they feel on the inside. 

I enjoyed this book, and if you are looking for an easy, quick, and fun read, this book is for you!

About the Author:

Keris Stainton is a best selling author who has written over 14 books. She is Canadian born but now lives in England with her two boys.

Some other books by Keris Stainton:

The One That Got Away 

The One who’s NOT the One

All I want for Christmas


Oh Crap! Potty Training- Book Review

By: Jamie Glowacki

Please refer to my post “Potty Training…Ugh” for more details regarding the selection of this book.

My review of the book:

Oh Crap! Potty Training is a very easy read, which is perfect for this topic. I really didn’t want to sit for weeks reading an overly detailed and complex book about potty training. Glowacki breaks down each stage of the potty training process and provides helpful tips if things go wrong. Many of the advice and steps she describes make a lot of sense, and I will absolutely follow her method when beginning this next stage of my daughter’s life. Also, although there are 20 chapters in this book, Glowacki advises all her readers not to read past Chapter 5 or 6 until potty training has begun.

Chapters 6-20 are written to help parents overcome any challenges they are having with potty training. These chapters are based on common questions/concerns she gets from her clients. For example, my daughter has always had issues with constipation or holding in her poop so I knew that I needed to skip to chapter 10 to read her section on poop. As well, my daughter is in daycare part time, so I read chapter 12 on how to approach daycare about potty training. Lastly, my daughter can be well… spirited… to put it lightly. She can be stubborn and has recently begun to have crying fits over the smallest thing (hoping this is phase). I know that this will become a more significant issue during potty training, so I also read Chapter 13 Behiavour vs Potty Training that speaks directly to my concerns. Everything she wrote was constructive and made me feel much more prepared for potty training.

There are also a few things that I didn’t really like about the book. Unfortunately, Glowacki repeats herself A LOT, and I mean A LOT. Sometimes I would be reading a paragraph, and it felt like I had already read that same paragraph in every other chapter (like the exact same paragraph). This happened numerous times so I felt that was a bit tedious. I also feel this book could have been summed up in far fewer pages. It seemed to become a bit redundant after a while. However, these minor annoyances did not take away from her potty training method, I am convinced she knows what she is talking about, and I will surely use this method.

Things I learned from this book:

I found the first six chapters really helped me understand how to prepare for potty training and how to make it a success for my daughter. Glowacki was veryspecific about what needs to happen in the house and how parents are to act throughout the first couple of days. I knew I would need to be home initially, but I didn’t realize how important it was until she laid out all the reasons why. I also learned it is important to begin talking about this upcoming change for my daughter before potty training actually begins. For example, saying things like, “We’re almost done your diapers, you will be using the potty soon.” This allows your toddler to begin to register what will be happening in a couple of days. I found her first six chapters to be very informative.

As I mentioned, pooping has been a bit of an issue for my daughter. This has been an issue since she was four months old. She has frequent constipation episodes, and sometimes we’ve had to use kid suppository’s to help her. So naturally, I am a bit concerned about how the poop in potty training will go. After reading Chapter 10 though, I do feel more prepared for what could go wrong and less anxious about how she will overcome this.

Chapter 12 was also beneficial because sometimes daycares are not interested in helping with the potty training process, especially before 3 years old. Glowacki goes over what to do in almost any daycare situation and how to handle this obstacle. She explains how to deal with daycares who are not willing to follow the potty training plan. Luckily, after speaking with my daughter’s daycare, it sounds like they are completely on board, fewf!

Chapter 13 went into some behavioural obstacles you may encounter, depending on your toddler’s attitude. I found this helpful because, as I mentioned, I am finding as my daughter gets older, she is becoming more stubborn, and despite my efforts, this doesn’t seem to be going away. This chapter helped ease my anxiety on how her behaivour would affect this process.

Final thoughts:

Overall I think this a great book for moms who are getting ready to potty train their toddlers. It is a quick and easy read that will help ease potty training anxiety. Her method is proven to be effective and successful. She has been doing this type of work for many many years, and I would definitely consider her an expert. She also offers courses through her website to help parents through this process.

Information about the Author:

http://www.ohcrappottytraining.com – Jamie Glowacki’s website

On this website you will find:
*Blog
*Potty Training Courses
*Certification to be a potty training consultant
*Podcast


How to Raise Successful People – Book Review

By: Esther Wojcicki

As a new mother, I felt very overwhelmed with the number of books about parenting. I also didn’t think I wanted to explore that genre, I thought that I had a good idea of how I wanted to raise my baby. I mostly enjoyed reading the fun mom books but, I wasn’t really interested in anything serious. Then one day, I stumbled upon an article written about a woman named Esther Wojcicki, and I was intrigued to learn more about her and her parenting tips. When I heard she was writing a book, I signed up instantly to buy it. I am so glad I made the choice to give this book a chance because it was incredible!

This is one of the few non-fiction books that I couldn’t put down. I wanted to continue reading and learning from this incredible woman. I think this book is one of the most important books for parents. I have vowed to myself to read it once a year, to refresh myself on her great ideas.

She begins the book by asking you, the reader, to reflect on your childhood. Whether your childhood was good or bad doesn’t matter but, being aware of the family culture that influenced your childhood is essential to understanding the parent you are aiming to be. She asks you to stop and answer her quiz to be more aware of how your parents raised you. I found this extremely interesting. It was interesting dissecting the good and bad of my childhood and understanding what I wanted to bring to my children and what I didn’t.

After the childhood exploration portion, she dives into her main parenting focus, which is TRICK. TRICK stands for – Trust, Responsibility, Independence, Collaboration and Kindness. She writes numerous chapters on each concept expressing their importance. This is what she stems her entire philosophy of parenting on. She believes that these five pillars are the most important aspects needed in teaching your children. Wojcicki believes that the TRICK method, will help your your children grow up to be successful adults, whatever path they choose in life.

Each chapter includes scientific research on the benefits of the specific pillar and how she instilled it in her home and how parents can do this in their home. She also expresses how many MANY mistakes will be made along the way, which is completely fine, because were all learning.

She ends her book with an emphasis on the importance of empathy and giving back to your community. She expresses how important it is to teach your kids to care for their neighbor. Some examples of things you can do with your children are included like, taking part in community service, bringing children along to fundraisers, and by showing them how to fight for what they believe in. Teaching young kids this lesson is essential for how they grow into adults and treat other people around them. This chapter was definitely my favorite.

This book is excellent!


Mom Truths – Book Review

By: Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer

Why I read this book…

As a new mom, I felt like my emotions were playing tricks on me. Some days I would feel great, and other days I would feel really low. I found myself feeling alone and isolated, and I was scared to express what I was feeling. None of my friends had babies, so I couldn’t really turn to them for support, and if I did vent to them, I ended up feeling like a terrible mom. I thought my friends would think I didn’t love my baby, so I stopped expressing my emotions. I needed an outlet; I needed another mom’s perspective and opinion on all the feelings I was feeling. That is when randomly (unless Instagram can hear my thoughts), I stumbled upon the Cat and Nat Instagram page. I saw some of their hilarious videos, and I knew I needed to learn more. I did some ‘Googling’ on these two moms and realized they had written a book about motherhood, and it included REAL feelings and perspectives on their motherhood journey. I was a bit apprehensive about reading any ‘mom books’ because I thought they would just tell me I was a bad mom, but I gave this book a chance, and I am SO glad I did. The book is called Mom Truths, and I recommend it to all new moms!

About the book… 

Cat and Nat speak so candidly about their feelings and emotions about motherhood. Motherhood is a wild ride, sometimes you feel like you are acing it (very few times did I think this way), and sometimes you feel like a terrible mom (I mostly felt this way). Cat and Nat make you feel amazing about who you are as a mother and give you helpful tips on how to go through your Mom journey in your own way.

Cat and Nat take the time to speak separately throughout their book and provide the readers with their different approaches to motherhood. They compare and contrast their methods, which was very interesting to read. Each chapter dives into vital topics about modern motherhood. For example, Chapter 11: Instagram is Bullshit; this is something every mom (actually everyone) in the social media world deals with daily. You’re having a bad day, you scroll through social media, and people are posting these glamorous amazing pictures of their fantastic baby. This instantly puts you in a bad place. In Chapter 11, they break down these thoughts and feelings that you have and how common it is to feel that way! I finished so many of the chapters in this book feeling absolutely liberated.

This book was a fun, sassy, humorous and, most importantly a REAL book about motherhood. I really recommend this book to all moms.

Some other things I learned from the book…

I learned some excellent tips for motherhood and raising children, but most importantly, I learned to trust my motherly instincts. I learned that every mom goes through the same thoughts and feelings that I have gone through and that I am not alone. I realized the importance of having people in my life that will bring me up, not down. I knew what kind of mom friends I wanted, and I felt more confident to be myself and to discuss what, I felt were, my shortcomings as a mom. It is so important to have the right group of friends, they will be there for you and bring you up when you’re feeling down. After reading this book, I began to feel much more comfortable in my new mom skin!

Follow Cat and Nat on Instagram for more real mom moments!


About Trish

Hello everyone, my name is Trish! Thank you for visiting my blog.

I’m here to discuss BOOKS! I always have (well maybe not when I was younger) LOVED to read! I find my love for reading is only increasing every day through my exploration of many different genres. In the beginning, I found myself gravitating towards historical fiction novels because I LOVE history (please don’t automatically turn away, I read many other topics too!). I also love fun romantic books, humour books, biographies, current event books, political books, and so many more BOOKS.

I enjoy getting recommendations on my next book from friends, family and sometimes a blog or two. I always enjoyed writing little notes and reviews about the books I read. After writing my reviews, I would decide whether I would recommend the book to a friend or family member. That is when I began thinking about turning my reviews into a blog that everyone can view, writing for other people who love reading and are looking for some book recommendations! I also love discussing the books that I have read, so please comment on the blog whenever possible.

I have no reviewer awards or anything of the sort but, I have recommended lots of the books to friends and family, and their responses are always great! So if you are interested, take a look through some of the books I have read and reviewed and tell me what you think!

Some personal notes about me:

I have been married for about 5 years now; I have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter (who is going through her terrible twos right now). As a new mom, I sometimes enjoy reading fun and humorous books about motherhood, that I think all new moms need to read (to help us relax a bit)! I have a career I enjoy (but not overly passionate about), and I am always looking for new things to do and explore. This blog is my next adventure! I have a large, loud and loving Greek family that I absolutely adore. I have always lived in Canada, but I recently relocated to Switzerland for my husband’s job!

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