Moving to Toddler Beds
Well the time is here,moving the triplets to toddler beds. Caitlin started climbing out of her crib last week so we knew the time was here. Part of me was dreading it because I have heard so many horror stories about sleepless nights, no more napping, and so on. Part of me was excited though because it is just one more step completed on our journey.
Day one was Saturday (the kids are 18 months old). We got up and Dad went to work on converting their cribs over to toddler beds. I cleared the room of all their toys except the few stuffed animals and glow worms/ seahorse that they sleep with. We got each of them a pillow and continued using their old blankets. The first nap time the girls completely bucked and just played in their room for two hours. Criton slept about 45 mins. To say I got nervous was an understatement. In my mind I was like, “Their beautiful sleep is a thing of the past. We are going back to the newborn phase of sleep deprivation.” They were off and on cranky the rest of the day. We kept the same bedtime routine (7pm bedtime), took them in their room, kissed everyone good night, laying them in their beds, shut off the light and shut the door. Then Michael and I retreated into our room to watch them on the video monitor. They played quietly for awhile, jumping into each others beds, and then an hour and a half later they fell asleep. Haley and Criton in his bed and Caitlin in hers. They slept until 7:30am the next morning. Sunday when they went down for their nap it took them 45 mins to settle down and then slept for two hours. Caitlin in her bed and Criton and Haley in his bed. Sunday night it took about 30 mins for them to settle and fall asleep, but this time they all decided to squeeze into Caitlin’s bed and sleep there. I freaked out a little with all three being in the same bed. I was worried about one rolling over on another and smothering them and so on. It worked out though. Everyone slept good until about 6am this morning when someone rolled over on the glow worm and started the music. This got everyone up but they all snuggled together, chatting, until about 6:30 then went to knocking on their bedroom door to be let out. So I would say, so far so good 🙂 My only concern right now is about them wanting to sleep in the same bed. If that continues to be a trend we might have to go to one big bed (queen) or 3 twin beds and just push them together for right now. We’ll see what they do over the next couple of weeks before we make any big decisions like that. So for those of you who have multiples and are looking ahead or about to switch to toddler beds: Some tips and advice… Don’t freak out! It’s an adjustment not just for them but for you as well. Keep the same bedtime and nap routines. I want to start implementing a bedtime story but it will have to wait until they are full adjusted to toddler beds. Clear the room of all toys except what they have in their cribs now. If you never let them have anything, give them a stuffed animal or two each. Completely baby proof the room. Make sure their is nothing they can get into or hurt themselves with. I found pillows to be a wonderful new addition and the kids love laying on them. I highly suggest getting some sort of video monitoring for the room. We have a double camera, wired monitor system that we have used for quite awhile now and only cost us $60. You want to be able to see all the beds and as much of the room/ floor as possible. This really helps to see exactly what they are doing, when they fall asleep, where, and is entertaining for the parents…lol. Lastly lots of patients! There might be days where they don’t nap. There might be days were they are extremely tired and cranky. Try to distract them as much as possible, take a walk, dance to some music, anything to get them through. This is all normal the first couple of weeks while they adjust. Keep their nap schedule even if they don’t sleep during it. If they nap between 12pm-2pm then keep them in their room with the lights off (like when they were in their cribs) between those times. Even if they don’t sleep they will get some “quiet” time. We’ll keep you updated on the progress!