Big Girl Bed

Two weeks ago, when we brought up the subject of getting my daughter a Big Girl Bed, she resisted. She didn’t throw a fit about it, but she insisted she did not want a new bed. Strongly insisted. I guess it was a good thing they were out of stock…

We decided we would just get the bed (when it was back in stock!) and set it up somewhere, so she could get used to it on her own terms.

So, this weekend, we went off to purchase the bed. That’s when my daughter fell in love with a different bed at the store (okay, fine. If you must know, it was IKEA). Fortunately, this other bed was in stock.

We brought the bed home, with the intent of assembling it during her nap. Afterall, this gave us another incentive to use for a nap — “You need to make sure you take a good nap so daddy has enough time to put your new bed together!”

Of course this backfired. As soon as Ms. Kaz was about to put our daughter down for her nap, she began her fit — “I don’t want to sleep in my crib! I don’t like that old bed! I wanna sleep in new bed!” We tried to tell her that she needed to sleep one more time (“I don’t want one more time!“) in the crib so that I could put the bed together.

The really sad part came when we showed her that the bed was still in the box (“I wanna see it one more time!“). She went in, looked at the box, then laid down on top of the box and resumed crying.

She finally took a nap. Then the assembly fun began. It really wasn’t all that bad, except:

  1. Wood slats were called for to support he mattress, which was really not very thick. Of course, they do not provide the slats. Fortunately, there is a Home Depot right around the corner.
  2. The mattress Aisle/Bin location on the tag of the bed was the incorrect size. So, I had to return to IKEA to stand in line to return this mattress, then stand in line to buy the new one.
  3. The correct mattress is not a standard size. It is bigger than a crib mattress, but smaller than a twin. Which meant I needed to buy a fitted sheet from IKEA. No problem — except they were out until 2 weeks from now.

In the end, my daughter got to sleep in her new Big Girl Bed, and was extremely excited to play and lay down in it. She didn’t even want to go downstairs for dinner.

She slept pretty well in it last night… until this morning. She awoke a little early (“Mommy… daddy… it’s mornin’ time!“), but fell back asleep. Or, was at least quiet. Until we hear a *thump* and a cry. She apparently whacked herself pretty good near the eye somewhere on the bed. I just hope this doesn’t sour her on the bed…

It was amazing to see her go so quickly from one extreme (“I don’t want a Big Girl Bed!“) to the other (“Wanna sleep in new bed NOW!“) so quickly. Although, it did make Ms. Kaz a bit sad that her little baby was growing up. Me? I hope potty training will go like this someday. Someday soon.

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One Response to Big Girl Bed

  1. koonj says:

    Oh boy. Mine is a mere 11 months now, but the temper is showing itself already. She’s terribly tall, so I’m guessing the bed will have to come sooner – if only to prevent her from jumping head-first out of the crib.

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