Last week, I took Baby J. to the Doctors for a well visit. We absolutely love our Dr., who is not a pediatrician but rather a family Dr., and Baby J. is very comfortable with her. For some reason, and I suspect it’s because DH was at work that morning and didn’t join us, Baby J. was particularly unhappy. This very unlikely behavior, she usually loves seeing the Dr., made her check up pretty difficult. Nevertheless, we managed to learn that she is now 75% height and 25% weight, and that she is B”H developing nicely.
Before we left, the Dr. asked me if she was dressing herself. I said that she was really into picking out her clothes (i.e. opening up her dresser and tossing all of her shirts, sweaters and pants on to the floor for Mommy to clean up) but otherwise, she hadn’t really tried to dress herself. She does hold out her arms for me to put on her jacket, and she is really into putting on hats, but otherwise she hasn’t tried to take off her pants or put on her shirt. The Dr. encourage me to work with her on dressing herself and I made a mental note to work on it. (Shockingly, two days later Baby J. figured out how to pull down the zipper and took off her shoes and socks. Talk about instant gratification!).
As I was struggling to get Baby J. back into her winter jacket, the Dr. asked me if she was in a toddler bed yet. I was a little taken aback by the question and replied honestly, that she was still in her crib. She then suggested that we move Baby J. to a toddler bed to “help with the growing up process.”
I left the appointment extremely torn and, once I got home, immediately took to Twitter to ask for some Mommy advice. Should I, or shouldn’t I, move Baby J. to a toddler bed? I always thought that, until she tries to climb out of it herself, she can stay in the crib. I never thought that I was stunting her growth – so to speak – by keeping her in a crib when she could very well already be in a bed.
The responses I received varied greatly, many people said not to rock the boat if she was happy, others agreed with the Dr. and said to move her over. Of course, Mom also had to weigh in, and she brought up a third opinion. If I’m going to move her into a bed, I better do it before the new baby comes, so she doesn’t think the baby is taking her crib.
Shoot, I hadn’t even thought about that. We are planning, at this point, to P”G have the new baby in a bassinet in our bedroom at least until the baby is either too big for the bassinet or is sleeping through the night. I figure, that’s not going to happen for at least 4-5 months after birth, which gives me plenty of time to get Baby J. acclimated to a toddler bed.
Still, I’m torn as to what’s the right thing to do for our child. As far as I know, she hasn’t tried to climb out of her crib. In fact, she will stand there and holler for me until I get up and go in there and take her out of the bed, but she hasn’t tried to climb out herself. But, on the other hand, I don’t want to hold her back in terms of development by not providing her with a toddler bed.
So what to do? P”G we have 9 weeks until my due date, and if we’re going to do it now we better do it soon. Do we bite the bullet and get her a toddler bed, or do we leave her in her crib for a little while longer?
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