Transitioning from Crib to Bed and Bye, Bye Pacifier

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Son #4 recently transitioned from a crib to a big boy bed. Well, it wasn’t so much from a crib as from a travel yard. We sold the crib at our moving sale, because he would have needed it for only a few months post move. Anyway, I digress. As I was saying, he just moved up to the bottom bunk of his big boy bed. He was thrilled to be like his brothers and all went smoothly for a week or two. Then, we rocked his world…

All of our boys have been very fond of their pacifiers. The first three boys all gave up their pacifiers shortly after their second birthday. Cold turkey. No going back. Unfortunately for Son #4, the time had come to give up his precious “pappies.” Even more unfortunate for us was the fact that he was by far the most stubborn of our sons. This new milestone hasn’t been easy, to say the least. My husband and I believe bedtime is sacred in our household. We worship it probably more vehemently than any of our boys worshipped their pacifiers. We were rock solid determined to get him through this. I finally believe the worst is behind us, but what a journey it has been!

Before I ever took his pacifier away I resolved to not let his antics get to me. I’ll say this much for myself, I maintained my calm and composure most of the time even though I was seething below the surface. Every nap time he was either screaming for his “pappy” or screaming that he wasn’t tired. My husband would come to my rescue on occasion. We found that Son #4 protested less when he couldn’t have his mama no matter how loud he screamed. Daddy just wasn’t worth the effort (no offense, honey). Since this only worked on the weekend and holidays I was often left facing the formidable task of naptime by myself.

Our toddler would get out of his big boy bed literally fifty times on some occasions. I would calmly pick him up, put him back in his bed, and leave the room again and again and again. He would eventually realize that he couldn’t break my resolve and tire himself out enough to succumb to sleep. I’m pleased to report that for his last nap he protested not one bit and got out of bed a grand total of ZERO times!

I credit our success to a few things: maintaining our composure, being consistent, not giving up, and some clever manipulating (yikes). As far as the manipulating goes it went something like this. At one point during this task, I pulled out the travel yard and told him that if he didn’t stay in his big boy bed then he would have to return to his baby crib. I didn’t put any sheets or blankets on it either. At first he thought I was joking but after falling asleep one night in his barren crib he knew I meant business. This seemed to be the turning point. This was a tangible consequence of his bouncing out of bed so many times. His buoyancy definitely began to deflate.

By the way, he also gave us some problems at bedtime but not as much as with his naps. I should give credit where credit is due and give a “Holla!” out to his three big brothers who modeled appropriate behavior during their bedtime routine.

Published on January 29th, 2007 - 8 Comments
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  1. Hats off to you! I have 4 boys as well, and I don’t think our bedtimes go as smoothly as yours. The worst times was when each one learned how to jump out of his crib — the feet hit the floor, and they were like kids in the candy store, running up and down the hall, turning off and on the lights — shew! I’ve resorted to guided imagery and relaxation CDs for kids– and they help quite a bit. Maybe they help me more!!

    Comment by Susie J — Jan 31st 2007 @ 4:25 pm
  2. I hope my daughter’s transition goes as well! Thank you for sharing this with the Carnival of Family Life.

    Comment by local girl — Feb 4th 2007 @ 3:34 pm
  3. Congrats on the successful transition, both of them.

    Here via the carnival of family life.

    Comment by Lisa — Feb 5th 2007 @ 8:44 pm
  4. Susie J, love the relaxation ideas!

    local girl, best wishes to you and your daughter on this milestone. It might take time and patience but persevere!

    Thanks to Lisa and An Island Life for the pats on the back.

    Comment by mom — Feb 9th 2007 @ 5:53 pm

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