Big boy bed!

My oldest just turned 21 months, and I seriously can’t believe how fast the big two is coming. For a few months now, Trent was having a rough time in his crib. He could never get comfortable, would wake up crying, and just wasn’t sleeping good. Come to find out his crib mattress was SO uncomfortable, and I felt SO bad! We decided at 20 months it was time to try out a big boy bed! So my research on the transition process, bed options, mattresses, all began.

So far, and hopefully it keeps up, it has gone surprisingly really well. We are almost 2 weeks in. It makes me feel like he was so ready for this change! It makes this mama so emotional, but so proud. He is sleeping SO much better! This is what has worked for us so far and I hope it can help some other mamas too. Also, if it doesn’t work the first try, don’t get discouraged. It will happen when it is time.

1.) Start out by preparing your child. Don’t just jump into it!

  • I bought big boy bed books, talked to him almost everyday about a big boy bed, got new bedding that I warmed him up to, and it all seemed to help!
  • Big Kid Bed
  • A Big Kid Bed is Coming

2.) Set up the big bed together. My husband set the bed frame up with my son Trent’s “help.” It was to help get him excited, and it did. I had him help put his mattress on the bed when it came too, and he was obsessed!

3.) Leave the crib in the room at least the first week to see how it goes. We even had him sleep in his crib a few more nights when the bed was in there, just to warm him up.

4.) Secure everything!

  • Secure dressers, or any other big furniture to the wall.
  • Place trash cans, laundry baskets, anything low up high without reach!
  • Remove all toys. My son gets to pick a few items to sleep with-always Buzz Lightyear, his Pooh bear that he has slept with since 6 months old, and that’s it! They need to know their room is for sleeping.
  • Hide all blinds cords!

5.) Buy a guard rail, or two. My sons bed is against a wall on one side, so we bought a rail for the other side. Also, lots of pillows. We actually used my pregnancy body pillow at the end of the bed, and then his crib mattress at the bottom of the bed as well as pillows around the edge.

6.) The first night, even week can be scary for them. It’s a HUGE change! The first night he cried when we placed him in bed. I ended up laying with him, talking to him for a little bit about his bed, our day, what would happen in the morning, and just stayed there till he fell asleep. He had one other time he woke up that night and I laid with him again. The next day he had no issue with his nap, or bedtime! I was shocked!

7.) Buy a bed frame low to the ground. Some start with toddler beds, but we decided to just jump all in!

8.) Buy a light comforter, my son still doesn’t want it on him, just wants to lay on top of it.

9.) Keep their routine the same, if they have always had a book for bed, keep doing it. Don’t add more change than needed!

10.) I have continued to be excited about his big boy bed. I wake up saying he did so great in his big boy bed, when he wakes up from his naps I tell him that too, I try and keep him excited about it. He also got a reward for doing so good in his big boy bed. Keep encouraging them! If they have one good night, that is better than nothing!

We bought the grinch movie as a prize.

So far we have had such great luck, wishing you all the same!


My name is Chelsie Overgaauw. Born in New Mexico, grew up in California, and now living my adult life in Texas. I am a 26 year old stay at home {new} mama to my sweet boy and I am married to my best friend. I have experienced a lot in life already, good and bad, and have a lot more to experience. I am a lover of cooking, writing, photography, and design. Follow along to learn more.

1 Comment

  • Stephanie February 15, 2019 at 9:07 pm Reply

    He looks so snug as a bug in his big boy bed!! Thank you for all the tips and tricks. I will be using them when we transition Jonas!

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