Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two in cribs

Right after announcing my pregnancy I had multiple people ask me if I was planning on moving Ford into a big boy bed before Lucy is born. People still ask me today and I am shocked! Even though he is about to change to "big brother" status, he is still  my baby and a baby in so many ways. To each his own but Ford will be staying in a crib as long as his legs don't hang out the end! Ideally I would like to get him to 3 years old but like anything with kids, you can plan all you want and they call the shots. If your 18 month old sleeps in a queen sized bed then that's awesome! But cribs are what works for us.

Testing out little sister's crib.


The number one reason we are keeping him in his crib is that he will only be 20 months when she is born. Sure he is super smart and independent for a toddler but in no way is he ready to have the full domain that is his bedroom (and entire upstairs for that matter!). He knows how to open our doors and he is not mischievous but a curious boy, so I can imagine we'd run into a lot of sneaking out issues if we moved him too early. The last thing I need is a toddler coming out of his room and exploring AND a newborn. Oye. He also loves his crib and sleeps great in it. Our naptime and bedtime routine is short and sweet. We read the same book (Little People Noah's Ark flap book), sing Bye Oh By Oh Baby, prayers, and plop him in his crib. It takes about 5 minutes. He goes in his crib fully awake and never cries out putting himself to sleep. We don't hear a peep from him for 12 hours at night and he often times prefers playing in his crib before getting up in the morning. He has a standard bed pillow, 3 lovies, a blanket, and bumpers to keep him company, it is quite the little pad if you ask me! Another reason we are in no rush to move Ford is that he has never attempted to climb out of his crib, thank to a sleepsack. On a few mommy boards I am on I always see people asking when to move their kid out of the sleepsack and my answer is never! Well not until they are out of a crib. Ford uses a little swaddle blanket for comfort but the sleepsack keeps him warm and in the crib. He's currently in a size large (we have 2-3 of each size) and will probably move to an XL this summer. It is RARE that Ford is even standing up in his crib when he wakes up.

So there you have it. Ford may sleep in a crib until he is 15 but we are in no rush. Okay that was a total joke. I am sure by the time he is 3 or 4 we will be planning on another baby and need to boot him from the crib but it's not on my radar anytime soon. He is quite the little engineer (thanks to daddy's genes) so I wouldn't be surprised if he somehow figured out how to take his sleep sack off but he's a "play it safe" kind of guy and I couldn't imagine him attempting to climb out of his crib.


With all this being said, we didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on an additional crib for Lucy, not knowing when Ford would give his up. Ford sleeps in a white Jenny Lind crib (we love it and they are very affordable brand new!) and I bought one on my neighborhood swap site for 30 bucks and painted it for our little lady. We were given another crib mattress and sent this Nursery Necessities waterproof crib mattress pad. A waterproof mattress pad is one thing I skimped on when prepping for my first baby. I didn't receive one from my shower so bought the cheapest one at Target and it has proved to stand by it's name, cheap. Luckily we've only dealt with a few nighttime leaks and one throw up in the crib incident but it's not fun to have to deal with a soaked mattress pad along with the sheets, blankets, bumpers, etc. I am so glad we got this one for Lucy, it is soft, hypoallergenic (great if she is anything like her daddy), and even fits a toddler bed! And today YOU can win one!



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37 comments:

Sara Hinton said...

We have a couple of Babies R Us waterproof mattress covers, but this one sounds especially nice! And way to go Ford! I hope Barrett loves his crib just as much. :)

Emily said...

Lilly is 23 months and still in her crib too, we are all #cribforlife at our house!!! :) Liam and Lilly actually are in cribs in the same room!

Bridget said...

Turner will also be staying in a crib as long as we can keep him there. We find no need to move him as he loves it, sleeps so well and has never attempted to climb out of it. We are in no rush.

Best part of my week is being back home from a great family trip to Jamaica...

Alex K said...

Best part of my week was having President's Day off from work! Also, getting a pregnancy massage on Valentine's day :)

Allena said...

We took Trent out of his sleep sack when he asked to stop wearing it, never thinking that would lead to him climbing out. Stupid first time parents! So I said for Drew she would stay in a sleep sack until she was 18. At the EXACT Same age as Trent she started protesting her sack - like huge tantrums when it was time to put it on. So she's out of her sack. Womp, womp. She hasn't attempted to climb out of her crib and she's so much smaller than Trent was I *hope* she won't try. I want to keep her in her crib until 3. She LOVES being in her bed though - I hear her chattering and playing in there for a LONG time sometimes before she cries out to get out of her bed. She is slow to wake-up which is so different from her brother, so hopefully that helps too!

mickey661636 said...

the best part of my week was a night out for the first time in a while!

Curly Girl Confessions said...

Can I tell you how freaking jealous I am of his sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not a peep!?! How does that even work? And what the hell is wrong with our child? ;) I agree with keeping them in the crib for as long as they want. But then the other side of me wonders if he doesn't sleep because he doesn't like the crib. Oh Mom thoughts!

Laura Goodwin said...

The best part of my week so far is my baby girl who is 14 months just learned how to give kisses. She licks you and cracks me up!! We are planning on baby #2 now so this would be perfect!

Morgan said...

The best part of my week will probably be seeing my 14 month old niece tomorrow! Unfortunately we are traveling for my aunt's funeral, but her celebration of life will bring the whole family together.

Stephanie G. said...

The best part of my week has been watching my sweet baby try cereal for the first time! He is 5 months old and we have been giving him cereal the past three nights. It is such a joy to watch him try and learn new things. He is my first child and every milestone brings me so much joy!

Lindsay @ Pursuit of Pink said...

I'm totally with you! I will keep Kendall in a crib until she's 15 as well. She loves her crib and she goes down so easy. I'm not in an rush to switch her. I'm super excited to see Ford as a Big Brother, as I know you are!!!

Wildali @ These are the times... said...

My daughter slept in her crib until 3.5 years old and never complained or tried to climb out. I am of the opinion that it definitely helps them sleep better. Even on her full size bed now she does not roam around nor does she wake up in the middle of the night. Most of my friends with kids that do not sleep well took them out of their cribs way too early. Keep him there!

Laynah said...

Wow, so cool that its hypoallergenic too! The best part of my week was finally getting an appointment with an infertility specialist.

Health, Love & Fire said...

I love this! I think I'd keep our kids in their crib for as long as possible :) And the waterproof mattress pad seems like a lifesaver. As we are just 13 weeks with our first, I am slowly trying to think of everything we will need for a little one! The best part of the week was getting our doppler and being able to hear our little one's heartbeat!

Jayme said...

We were in no rush to get Mason out of his crib as well. Like Ford, he was an excellent sleeper in it...until Hadley was 2 weeks old and he decided to start climbing out of it. Dealing with a newborn and a toddler in a toddler bed was not fun at all and definitely not what we had planned! Sleep sack is a wonderful idea and a route that we didn't follow, but Mason is extremely adventurous and not afraid to climb up anything. We did survive the transition though :)

Nikki said...

We will be transitioning our little one into her crib shortly and I purchased a relatively cheap mattress pad and now I'm second guessing that. Would love to win this one :). And the best part of my week is Saturday morning snuggles with the hubs and our baby girl.

erin said...

My oldest was 2 when my 2nd daughter was born. They were both in cribs for at least 6 months. It was well worth it. There's no rule about this! And I say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. :)

The girls said...

Oh, how I regret moving my daughter out of her crib. Husband pressure got to me, though. She was 3.5, and she still tells me, 2 years later, she misses sleeping in her crib (now her brother's crib). She also was in a a sleepsack forever. The day (!) we let her sleep without one, she climbed out! To be fair, she climbed back in, but still.

Best part of my week is when the kids are sleeping. Rough week here, but we're hoping tomorrow is better.

EB said...

I completely agree with you! My two kiddos are 22 months apart and my son slept in his crib until he was three. My daughter is still in a crib...we are going to transition her to a big girl bed in a month or two when she turns three:)

Lauren said...

We had Brielle in a twin bed around 16 months but ONLY because she had coslept her whole life and it was actually easier for us than trying to transition her into a crib. If she had been a crib sleeper I am 100% with you - don't try to fix something that isn't broken.

The best part of my week is... Friday! I love getting off work early, running some errands by myself and then being able to get the kids earlier than the rest of the week and spending extra time with them. It puts me in happy weekend mode :)

Britt said...

Getting to see my baby girl after her staying with my parents while we had the flu!

Diane @ DD Kimball Road said...

Best part of my week so far was hands down having Monday off from work and getting to have the whole day with my baby girl!

Ellen Burnett said...

Best part of my week will be Saturday when we find out the gender of our two little ones :)

Dru and Jen said...

I am 32 weeks pregnant, so the best part of my week was my doctor's appointment. I love going to them!

.stephanie.nicole. said...

Best part of my week: donating 700oz of breastmilk to a little baby in need!

Stephanie Wilson said...

I think you have a great plan !! I wish I had sleep sacks when our kids were young, they sound wonderful !!! You have to do what is best for you and if he is happy and comfortable in his crib and you are happy and comfortable with him in his crib, that is all that matters !!I am not sure why so many people rush babies out of thier cribs, I love cribs and I raised our kids in the day of HUGE play pens . I did not have loose kids until they could climb out of it !! Now, try and find one of those !!!

Lindsey Garrett said...

The best part of my week has to be today when I went in for my 20weeks check up and heard my little girls heart beat! I'm a first time mommy and I don't think there is any better sound in the world:)

SaraAnne said...

The best part of my week was finally getting a positive pregnancy test.

Erin said...

The best part of my week was snuggles with my little boy. He's not feeling well due to a tummy bug, and while I don't like that he's feeling poorly, I love the extra cuddle time.

Elizabeth Phillips said...

Best part of my week was hubby's birthday yesterday - watching him blow candles out with our 17 month old little girl. So sweet.

cmsusouthpaw said...

Best part of my week has been celebrating my husband's birthday!

just said...

You are planning next baby? ;)

Tara said...

My second is almost 8 months and still in a sleepsack... and I want to keep it that way this time (my first climbed out of the crib around 15 months)! It's definitely a game-changer when you switch to a big-kid bed! We have a baby gate up in front of her door so she can't escape her room.

Amy Demke said...

Best part of my week: our 20 week ultrasound! I'm having a girl!!

Rachel Armstrong said...

Best part of the week was getting our crib!

Jessica said...

We had an ultrasound and a non stress test this week and both showed that our sweet baby girl is doing great. Can't get much better than that!

Tricia said...

The best part of my week was when my 4 month old rolled over for the first time. She was trying to get out of doing TummyTime!

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