People ask me this all the time, and I am usually slightly embarrassed to give my answer, but here it is: Cara still sleeps in her crib. When I say this, people generally react with admonishment. "It's dangerous if she climbs out and falls!" To this, I say that she has not even tried to climb out yet, and then I typically hear, "But you don't know when she'll try to do it in the middle of the night!"
Is it bad that I want to keep her in her crib for as long as possible? I have toyed with the idea of moving her to a toddler bed, but then I try to imagine how that scene would play out. Would she stay in her bed? I'm sure she would...sometimes. Would she get up in the middle of the night and roam around the house? Probably. I'm guessing she would jump at the chance to steal my make up and jewelry (she's all girl, this one. I catch her trying to do this in broad daylight all the time). And of course, I have safety concerns. My pediatrician has warned us several times about finding toddlers on the front porch at all hours of the night, and my friend Laura has found her son (who is a few months younger than Cara) taking the dog for a walk right out the front door.
How do you prevent this? Just close the bedroom door? Is that mean? Will it create irrational fears of being locked in with monsters in the dark?
I think my primary reason for keeping Cara in her crib is a selfish one. I like my nighttime sleep. Cara doesn't fuss about getting in her crib to go to bed, and if she wakes up in the middle of the night, there's nothing for her to do except go back to sleep. I don't really want to wake up in the middle of the night to those little toddler eyes staring at me as she says "Mommmmeeeee, come on!"
Is it time to bite the bullet? How exactly do we do this anyway?