First of all let me tell you about my Smudgy… He’s a bright, energetic, and lovable two year old. He’s his father’s little boy who loves the outdoors, sports, and fast cars! He shares my love (obsession might be a better word!! ) of Disney and Mickey Mouse. He’s our life and makes our home complete.
His over whelming love Mickey Mouse actually helped in the transition out of baby jail (honestly the best way to describe it.. don’t judge) to his bed of freedom; Freedom which sometimes isn’t necessarily a good thing! We’ve learned the hard way… but that’s a story for another post!
Christmas 2016, Santa Claus brought little Smudgy a big Christmas present…his very own Mickey Mouse bed! We loved it because it was low to the ground, easy to assemble, and the love of Mickey made him excited to sleep at night. BUT there are a few steps to take before you make the BIG yet not-so-scary transition:
SECURE ALL LARGE AND CLIMBABLE FURNITURE
This seems like a no brain-er, doesn’t it? But to be honest with you, we didn’t think of it at first! Not until my husband found Smudgy on top of his dresser. No harm done. But that doesn’t mean there couldn’t have been! All of Smudge’s furniture has real wood backing so we were able to screw right through the dresser into the wall behind it. We did it in the top and bottom corners with 4” screws. If yours has particle board there are plenty of products to use as well. I suggest securing anything and everything that could possibly fall or injure your little one. Use these furniture straps!
GET THE REST OF THE ROOM READY
It’s time to go baby proof crazy! I mean your little one will now have a chance to wander around maybe without you even knowing! Get rid of breakables. Cover all outlets. Make sure all the cords are concealed. Also, in case the little one rolls out, make sure there are no hard objects to hit.
3. LOCK EM’ IN!
Sounds a little scary… maybe controversial, I know. BUT do you really want your little one roaming the house and causing mischief while you are sleeping soundly? I didn’t think so! So yes, we lock our Smudgy in his room with a door knob lock. They are used to being trapped in their room in their baby jail crib, so this is like going from ground floor to the pent house as Caesar’s Palace!
4. PREPARE YOUR LITTLE ONE
We didn’t really prepare Smudgy for his big boy bed; Mickey Mouse made that pretty easy. I let him grab his Mickey Mouse tools (you thought I was exaggerating about how much he loves Mickey, didn’t you!) and he “helped” me put his bed together. He jumped on it, practiced getting in and out, and made sure he had all his stuffed animals in a row. His excitement to see that at his head was Mickey and Friends made him willing to hop right in!
I highly suggest a character bed. Which are words I never thought would come out of my mouth! Before I had Smudge, I swore off all plastic furniture. But hey, what works, works. Right!? Crib / toddler transition beds are a great money saver, and if you are using one of those I do suggest bedding related to your little ones favorite characters. It makes them eager and excited to cuddle up and dream sweet dreams.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE, MAKE A BED TIME ROUTINE
I’ve learned that having a routine with Smudgy helps him get ready for bed time. Yes, most moms say routine, which I used to roll my eyes at. But it really does help! We get into our PJ’s, brush our teeth, read a book, and hop into bed. Simple, easy, but it works!
Preparing for a younger one or even an older little one can be very different. It all depends on your little ones personality and adaptability. But from my experience and from what I’ve heard from others, it’s not as scary as you probably think it is. There is plenty of trial and error. You’ll find what works for you and your little one in no time, momma!