Feel like I'm always here asking for advice (and I haven't even posted about our most recent fearsome threesome adventures, gah)....here I go again.
Big bed stuff.
Our girl is still in a cot/crib. She is 3.5....which I know seems late to some, but we haven't felt the need to change it until recently.
She is *probably* ready to move out of it now. Although she doesn't climb out, she is making lots of excuses to get in and out at bedtime. Also...we have to continue with the toilet learning journey too at some stage, as she is doing great during the day.
Firstly - are there any positive stories out there about the transition? i.e. it wasn't as bad as feared....kid coped okay....transition wasn't as disruptive as I keep reading about all over the net?
Secondly - silly specifics that have me worried in advance.
Lights: She doesn't and won't have a bedside table with a lamp I don't think - but she has several lights in her room with reachable switches.
What happens if she jumps out of bed and turns them all on - especially in the middle of the night!? Should we go so far as taping the switches or disabling the lights?
Or just make a rule - and try (???) and enforce it somehow. How??
Bed stuff: She has no blanket/duvet or pillow at the moment. We're planning on giving her a king single bed (adult size) - but....I just can't get my head around the duvet/pillow situation. We were going to wait a month until the weather was a little cooler (we're in the Southern Hemisphere) and get a very very light duvet.
But....I guess the question is - how did your kids adjust from no blanket, no pillow in crib/cot....to then...well....everything!? Or did they NOT adjust, and slept on a 'bare' bed?
Lastly - she is being very challenging at the moment, but we can't put this bed thing off forever....sigh. Where can I find some good resources or tips on bedtime gentle discipline to keep her in her new big bed? I think she will run riot. This, of course, is my BIGGEST fear of all. Thus far, once she is asleep....we are free to eat and sleep ourselves. I'm scared of that all changing. (I have chronic insomnia, and go to bed only two hours after her - the thought of losing that time to chaos....even for a couple of weeks, is ...... brrrrrr......can't quite contemplate.)
Can someone help me out? Ease my mind....? Or (gulp) give me a truthful account of the whole process.
Thanks so much,
Edited by Grover - 2/15/14 at 6:17pm