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Hasta La Vista Crib

09/09/2013

A few days ago we took the big leap to convert our son’s crib into a toddler bed, and it turns out it hasn’t been such a big leap after all. I’m not ready to declare total victory yet, but he has slept his normal 12 hours per night since the transition and waited in bed for us in the morning.

This transition is part of a growing list of things that my husband and I had been terrified about thanks to horror stories from other parents that turned out to not be so bad after all. Our son has a pretty relaxed personality, but he takes his sleeping arrangement very seriously – weekend trips to my mother-in-law’s house have resulted in 3 hours of sleep for everyone and one exceedingly unhappy kiddo – so we felt our fears justified in this case. That being said, parenting has taught me a few really important things:

    – A child is a person, with their own temperament and desires. Just because another child reacted in a certain way, doesn’t necessarily mean yours will. This is not to say that you should ignore advice and input from others, but try to view it as data sampling rather than the Bible.
    – If you don’t take risks you will never move forward. This really applies to life, not just parenting. If you constantly live in fear of change, you won’t make changes which allow your child to grow and develop.
    – Children are remarkably adaptable. Maybe not overnight, as in this case, but it constantly amazes me how well children do with big changes that would throw a wrench in most adults’ worlds. Not only have I seen children deal well with change, they seem to embrace it in a way that we could all learn from.

So here we are, crossing another milestone in the journey of watching our son grow up, and I couldn’t be happier that we took the plunge.

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