Friday, December 23, 2011

Crib to Bed, Bed to Crib

So earlier this week, Makenzie fell out of her crib again. This time though, I was peeking through the crack in her door watching her because she was upset. I watched her literally throw herself out of the crib. She didn't climb, she was desperate and she threw herself out of the crib. I ran into her room but of course it wasn't fast enough to catch her. She got quite a little rug burn on her head but she was okay. Of course that was the end of that. She's obviously having sleep anxiety and there was no way that I was going to let her stay in her crib.

The next day, Dirk converted her 4-in-1 crib to a toddler bed and she and I went shopping for new sheets, hoping that this would entice her to sleep in her bed. She picked out a fuzzy Rapunzel blanket and carried it all over the store.

We read books in her new bed and acted like it was the best thing that ever existed. Well she wasn't convinced. She loved sitting in it but when it came to sleep, it did not go over well. When she finally fell asleep for her nap she woke up 30 minutes later in a panic. The first night, once she finally fell asleep, she woke up at 1:00 screaming and in a panic, standing in the middle of her room. The sleepy me, grabbed her and put her in bed with us, which I know was a bad choice but I wasn't thinking right. The next day, naptime went the same way and she woke up in a panic at 4:00 in the morning. This time I laid on her floor with my pillow and a blanket and she went back to sleep. I got no sleep and she kept waking up and not putting herself back to bed.

Although I was planning on sticking with it, we decided that she's just not emotionally ready for a bed yet. She's already having sleep anxiety and then add in a new sleep situation, it's just not working. So, Dirk had the great idea to put the crib back up and then keep the mattress on the floor.

It's been the perfect situation. She's still crying a bit to go to sleep but she's not desperately crying and she puts herself to sleep and stays asleep. Praise the Lord! She has been so moody and so trying these past few days. If Dirk wasn't here to help, I think I'd be out of my mind. Just another bump in this journey called parenthood. :)


  1. I must say, I know exactly how tough it is! This sounds like Ryan so so much. Even during the daytime, he is so grumpy because he is always tired. Our solution right now is to put Ryan to sleep in his toddler bed, at the foot of our bed. He wakes up in the middle of the night and just climbs into our bed. =/
    I'm so glad you found a temporary solution! I never thought of doing that, although I don't think it would have worked with Ryan's crib type. I hope she continues to sleep well for you!

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