sleep

Making the Switch

Sadie girl made the big switch from a crib to a toddler bed! 

Crib converted to toddler bed

She didn’t give us much of a choice because she figured out how to climb out of her crib, lol. 

It started a few weeks ago when she went through a sleep regression/fear stage. She went from making zero fuss when we laid her down for naps and bedtime in her crib to becoming anxious and tearful at even the mention of sleep. 

We had a few weeks where we had to lay next to her crib (or in it with her…) and hold her hand until she fell asleep and then hope she wouldn’t wake up when we got up and snuck out of her room. She fought naps and would only sleep in the car or stroller because she knew she was with us. She started waking up at 5 am, then 4 am, then 2 am and we were all tired and cranky.

Baby escaping and climbing out of crib

The pediatrician said to re-sleep train her so we put her to bed one night and decided we wouldn’t go back in unless she cried for more than 20 minutes. Jimmy laid her in her crib aaaand a minute later she was at her door because she climbed out of her crib. 

The next day she climbed out of her crib and opened her door during nap time. I was literally losing my sanity! No alone time + a cranky toddler + not enough sleep = sad Allie. 

Here’s what we’ve been doing to help with the big transition:

  • We converted her crib to a bed and talked it up big time.
  • We had her choose a special blanket and stuffed animal from her collection.
  • Got her a night light that she can sleep with.
  • We told her that we would be back after she was done sleeping.
  • Gave her a low dose of children’s melatonin for her first two nights in her bed
  • The first few times she slept in her bed, we would praise her in front of anyone who would listen (usually the dog, cat, her stuffed animals, or extended family).
  • Read a lot of articles from this website and began reading this book.

We reminded ourselves this wouldn’t last forever and I had family and friends encouraging me because those few weeks were h-a-r-d. The first time she slept in her bed by herself it took 20 excruciating minutes for her to settle down… but then she slept! We’re so proud of her! 

Hopefully this post can help if someone else is reading it and going through a similar situation ❤

Fellow parents: have you ever had sleep struggles with your children?

Pinecones and a Dog Bone

What do pinecones and dog bones have in common? Nothing really, except the fact that Sadie nibbled on both on Saturday.

Dog and toddler chewing on bones

Sader Tot is obsessed with anything that belongs to Niva including her water dish, food, and bones. It’s a good thing Niva is great at sharing.

As for the pinecones, we did some crafting! Jimmy went to a leaf raking service project at our church and brought home some pinecones thinking I would want to craft with them. He knows me well 🙂

Mom and daughter making bird feeders with pinecones

We tied twine around the pinecones, covered them with peanut butter, and rolled them in bird seed. It was definitely messy–I’m pretty sure I’ll be cleaning a mixture of bird seed and peanut butter off of every kitchen surface for a few weeks–but a ton of fun!

We plan on hanging them soon and I’m super excited to see what Sadie thinks when she sees a bird eating from her little homemade bird feeder. It worked out well, too, because she’s learning about birds and fall this week in school! 

Toddler pine cone craft

Toddler pinecone craft

Other fun over the weekend included a trip to Starbucks with my girls. Mama got a (much needed) coffee, Sadie got a chocolate milk, and Niva got a fun car ride. It was a win for all of us. 

Husky and toddler sitting in car together

Okay, I’m going to sign off now. I have no brain power left. We’re still going through the whole sleep/nap strike thing over here and my eyes are already heavy at 5:35 pm. 

Tell me about your weekend!