I was in Las Vegas this week (HOO BOY, do I have some stories to type up for the public record about that) but the biggest news around here is that we went for it on Friday night and instituted the Big Girl Bed.
A lot of credit goes to every person that voiced an opinion on which kind of bed/setup to buy. If you hadn't used your wealth of experience to point out every pro and con to every scenario I'd dreamed up, I'm not sure I would have ever made a decision. THANK YOU.
My mom was in town so she took her big old Suburban up to Sam's Club and we forked over $422 for a full size bed. Yes, FOUR HUNDRED BUCKS. Did you know that beds cost so much? I'm not sure what is so complex or expensive about the materials in a bed that makes it cost $400, but this seemed to be the going rate (even less than) so...whatever. Really wasn't much way of getting around it. We needed a full size bed. This is about what they cost. Ouch. (Makes that expensive drop-side crib we bought two years ago seem like a rather stupid purchase.)
(Note to all prospective parents: CHEAP OUT ON THE CRIB. IT ONLY LASTS TWO YEARS AND THE CPSC WILL SAY IT'S A DEATH TRAP BY THEN ANYWAY.)
Anyway, Claire was VERY excited. She picked out which one she wanted on the wall of plastic-wrapped beds at Sam's and then helped push the cart to check-out, all the while grinning from ear to ear with pride and telling anyone who gave her a passing look,
"This my Big Girl Bed. I a Big Girl."
After we got the bed put together and the mattress in place she was practically exploding with glee. She scrambled up with ease and proceeded to jump on the bed like it was her personal trampoline and not a place where we expect her to spend many hours laying perfectly still.
At this point, we discussed rules about the new BGB.
Rule #1: No jumping.
Rule #2: You have to stay in the bed.
Those are pretty much all the rules. We like to keep it simple around here so we don't get in a situation where she remembers more than we do (it has happened).
We actually made a HUGE parenting mistake early on while we were letting her sleep on her crib mattress that we just stuck on the floor (AKA "the fake big girl bed"). We told her the rule was she had to stay in her room, which was a GIGANTIC error as this allows her to freely roam her room playing with toys and trying on clothes until the wee hours. She would "go to bed" at 630 and not fall asleep until 10. And she would do this all within the confines of the rules, which drove us bonkers.
Because we are not very smart, we didn't figure out the flaw in our logic until several nights of this non-sleeping behavior (and by then she was back in the crib for a few weeks because dude, I cannot deal with a FOUR HOUR bedtime fight).
ANYWAY! After all of that, we ended up with a child sleeping in her BGB by 8 pm tonight. I'm calling it a success and having a brownie.
THE DETAILSBed and nightstand: My great-grandmother's. From the 1950's or 1960's. Maple. I would say that it's nothing special but that's exactly what I like about it: simple lines, a nice stain and it's kind of classy in a retro way. (FREE)
Bed: Sam's ($422 for the mattress and box. There are probably cheaper beds out there, but I didn't feel like looking for them and I know I loooooove the beds at Sam's. She will also sleep on this until she's 30, thus making me feel that I'm getting incredible value for my money: just $14 a year!)
Linens: Sheets were 50% off at Kohl's this weekend ($45 for a Full set in white and $25 for a waterproof mattress pad). I like the sheets so much I'm thinking of going back tomorrow to get a second set since kids tend to...leak occasionally. They're super soft sateen ones and while YES she is just a toddler, I know that I'll be logging lots of hours on this bed in those sheets so I might as well make them NICE. Plus, I kind of thought $45 for a set of not-crappy sheets wasn't such a terrible price, but I'll admit that I didn't shop around. I just hit Kohl's and was happy to walk out with something that met my immediate need. (You'd better believe Claire was not going to let us put her in that crib when a BGB was actually in the house. I needed sheets that very day.)
The quilt is usually in the guest bedroom (TJ Maxx, Cynthia Rowley, I think something like $40 when I bought it last year) and will go back once the Real Quilt arrives. The quilt I have on order is Kaleidoscope Circles from Land of Nod (a gift -- thanks Grandma!). Still need to get a fitted sheet on the box spring but I might just fake it and fold an old blue sheet over the part of the box spring that shows.
Stepstool: Target (usually lives in the bathroom at the sink and will go back there once she figures out how to scramble up there easily) (I think it cost $25, I bought it a year ago.)
Lamp: PBK, shower gift from 2008
I'm going to troll Etsy in the next few weeks for wall art (anyone have favorites/ideas on where to start?), and I have some letters that spell "Claire" to put over her bed. I also plan on putting a fabric pocket thing on the wall next to the window for her to put books in so that it's easy for her to read in bed.
One day I will take down the blackout liner that is thumb tacked up and actually hang real curtains. Maybe not one day SOON, but one day.
So, it's still totally a work in progress (don't judge me yet!) but I'm pretty proud of myself for getting a bed in and the crib out with 16 days to spare before my self-imposed January deadline. WOO!