How old is too old for the crib?

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Development/Milestones: Babies, Day Care & Education, Baby Essentials, Decor

We lead a pretty hectic life in our household. With three kids who range in ages from 3 to 14, I strive to keep life as easy and as low key as possible. This means that the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" policy comes into play. A lot. Most of the time this works, but sometimes I wonder if I might just be lazy. One area this applies to is my youngest son's sleeping arrangement. Due to an already crowded family bed situation, my littlest , Devon, has been designated to a crib from the moment he came out of the womb.

Devon, now three, has never had an issue with his crib, in fact it has always seemed to be a sort of haven for him; a place all his own where he can chill and relax. However, on some days I hear the other mothers at preschool discussing the crib transition problems they are having in their homes. Those mothers arrive at school bleary eyed and looking as though they should return to bed. Apparently their children are having a difficult time making the transition to their toddler beds, they enjoy their newfound freedom and are exercising it at all hours of the night when the rest of the households are sleeping. While I believe their efforts are well and good, I must admit i enjoy my night hours of sleep. A lot. I don't want to wake up and herd Devon back into a big boy bed. Nor do I want to wake in fear and wonder if he is wandering through the house and sticking metal objects into light sockets.

There have been no discussions about big boy beds in our house. Devon happily climbs into his crib every night and nestles into his haven. He seems to like this arrangement and I know I like it. I don't plan on allowing him to remain in his crib indefinitely, but until it becomes an issue I won't be walking in to preschool with bags under my eyes and visions of sleep in my head.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.