I’ve been thinking about beds lately.
We have a twin mattress in Jack’s room set up right next to his “crib” (we use a pack-n-play). My aunt passed down her youngest’s old bed rail, so we connected that to the mattress and have occasionally put Jack down for a nap on the bed. It works fine but when he wakes up, he goes to the door and cries, probably because he feels locked in!
I’ve considered transitioning him to the bed, but I guess I’m worried that he’ll start waking up more during the night since he’ll be able to crawl out of the bed. What if he gets up in the middle of the night and starts playing with his toys? What if he hurts himself because he can’t see very well in the almost-dark? These are just a few of my concerns, and I’m not sure if they’re really practical.
I have a couple of reasons for wanting him to transition into a bed. First of all, he’s getting pretty big (in size) for a pack-n-play and he often looks uncomfortable. Second, I’d like him to be completely done with sleeping in the pack-n-play by the time the new baby comes because I’d like to use the bassinet feature when I’m not wearing/sleeping with the baby. In general, the baby will sleep in our bed, and I will likely keep him/her in a sling during the entire day, but I’d like to use the pack-n-play for times when I can’t do either.
Does anyone have any advice for me? How have you gone about the transition from crib to bed? Did you find that your child woke more during the night as a result? Was it a smooth/difficult transition? Was it worth it? How old was your child?