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.
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