The Daughter Chronicles

Friday, June 01, 2007

Norah gets a big-girl bed!

Over Memorial Day weekend, we went to IKEA and bought Norah a bed. Krys had been thinking about it for a while, because Norah really seemed to enjoy lying in our bed (not while we were sleeping; we haven't encouraged that, nor will we ever) and we figured she was probably old enough to handle it. Krys shopped around and found a good one at IKEA. So we were off!

For a big piece of furniture from IKEA, it was remarkably easy to put together. Krys also bought a gate to go across her door so that if she got out of bed, she wouldn't be able to get out of her room. There's plenty for her to do in there! She took a nap in it last Sunday and seemed fine. She doesn't sleep on the pillow yet, instead curling up like a comma and sleeping almost horizontal to the length of the bed. I also don't think she's been using the covers, but it's summer, so that's not a big surprise. Krys bought a bed rail like the one Mia has, but it isn't long enough for the length of the bed, and so she placed a step at the bottom of the bed so Norah can climb out. Norah knows it's there and uses it when we enter the room in the morning, but I don't think she's figured out that she can use it when we're not around, because she hasn't done so yet. That's fine, though - it's not like it's all that important.

She has taken to it very nicely. On Tuesday she actually slept until 7.30 in the morning, which is very late for her. She's back to waking up around 6.45, but she still sleeps well. She goes down for her nap in the afternoon with hardly any fuss, which she didn't do in her crib. She was getting better in the crib, but she would still scream for a few minutes before she realized it would be much nicer to nap. Now she just gets in the bed and I leave, and she has hardly made a noise. It's much more comfortable than her crib, obviously, so we think she's really digging it.

We're very proud of her, as we usually are. My mom was surprised she was in a bed so young (still a month shy of her second birthday). Is that young? I have no idea. Why should she be in a crib when a bed is so much more comfortable? We're waiting to see what happens on the weekend, when Krys and I aren't up puttering about making noise. We think that wakes one or both of them up, and they tend to sleep longer on the weekend (that 7.30 which is late on the weekdays is about standard on the weekends). It will be interesting to see if she gets up and gets out of bed or if she just sits there and bawls. I would hope she could figure out that she can just get up and play. We'll see.

She's such a big girl! Where did our babies go?????


  • Ellie went into her 'big bed' at 20 months, a few months ahead of most of her friends. She had never really liked being in her cot, but loved her bed. She's just turned three, and has only in the last week realised that she can get herself up in the morning (5.30am) rather than lying in bed shouting "mummy" (or "daddy" or if still ignored even "kitty" the cat!!!!) until someone comes in to get her up!

    By Blogger Custancia, at 5/6/07 5:46 AM  

  • That's funny how they don't seem to realize they're not trapped in there. We'll see how long it takes Norah!

    By Blogger Greg, at 5/6/07 7:26 AM  

  • more out of her being comfortable with the crib, but Lydia was in it until last month (3 years, 2 months) when we got the bed. She was resistent to the change, but now likes it a lot.

    By Blogger Roger Green, at 6/6/07 8:18 AM  

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