Look what arrived today:
That is a toddler bed rail. Friday night we're converting the crib to a toddler bed. It's going to be epic.
Maya is now 3 years 8 months old. She's a big girl. We've held off on transitioning to a bed under the if it ain't broke don't fix it philosophy. She loves her crib and she's a great sleeper: she goes in quitely (worst case scenario is a minute or two of fussing), sleeps through the night (11-12 hours), and plays quietly in her crib when she wakes up (we'll hear her chattering, but she'll just flip through books, etc).
(Don't send hate mail. We know we're lucky.)
But the time has come. She's coyly started to lift her leg up when she's standing in the crib, in a hey-maybe-I'll-just-climb-right-out teasing way. With her, um, lack of coordination any attemps at climbing would land in a very hard fall. She's just hinting at the idea of scaling the crib, but we're going to nip it in the bud.
Also, and I hate to admit this, but the crib is starting to feel a little like lazy parenting on my part. It's blessedly easy to have her contained, but she should move into a bed now. We should Maya-proof her room, and she should learn how to climb out of bed and make us crazy, and she should get to get up in the morning and pull all of her books out of her bookcase and make a big mess. That's what kids do. It's only fair.
We're waiting until Friday night because Dave & Maya are both off from school for the next week . . . and if we're going to be losing sleep, then we're all going to lose sleep together, dammit.
We've got a lot of logistical issues to think through: where to stash the fan that runs in her room at night (away from little fingers) and how to hide the cords to the air purifier. I need to get door locks for her clost (french doors) so that her fingers don't get pinched. We've got to put down some mats or pillows because I've got a feeling that sooner or later she's going to plummet to the floor.
The most puzzling question is the door status: she's always slept with the door to her room closed. It's dark and noise blocking. I feel like we should keep that consistent (because closed door = bedtime) but I know I'm going to want to be able to peek in on her, and to make sure that she's safe. I'm thinking about getting a video monitor (we still use a regular baby monitor-with all of our fans and air purifiers I would never hear her without it) but I'm not sure if that's smart parenting or helicopter parenting. (If I take the plunge and get one I bet we'll see some adorable footage, though.)
I can't wait to see what happens on Friday :)