I don’t know about you but transitions and milestones throughout Oliver’s 2.5 years on this planet are the MOST bittersweet events EVER! They are both exciting and terrifying, especially when you’re only 1 kid deep into the whole “motherhood” journey and eveything is pretty much trial and error!! #amirite
The decision to transition Oliver to a toddler bed was one I thought I legit had waaaaaaaaay more time to keep putting off. No need to push him through milestones and out of his crib with no baby on the way and quite frankly keeping him contained in that crib helped my sanity considering it was like a damn WWE wrestling match in there already. Lawd knows what it would be like to let that cannon loose in his damn room, roaming freely about the cabin?!?!? (Insert nervous emoji here).
BUT, as allllll of us mommas discover (sooner or later) along our motherhood journeys, our littles have their own plans about how shit is gonna go down! lol Oliver suddenly stopped napping! Like from 0-60, guns a blazin’, team no-nap for like 2 months! We tried everything from moving his nap up and back again, cutting it shorter etc. After getting only 2 naps in that loooooong 2 month period, we decided it was time for a change.
Instead of dropping his nap time completely, which also meant we lost any time to ourselves to accomplish well, anything during the day, we opted to keep the shortened nap period (1.5 hrs from 2:00-3:30) for “quiet time”. This would allow for him to play “quietly” in his room, with his stuffies (which he was doing anyway), read a book or take a nap in his newly transitioned toddler bed, should he decide he was tired.
My biggest concern was his safety and letting him roam about the cabin meant creating a new fortress of solitude for our little man! This meant, it was time to do some more baby proofing and pretty much nail everything to the floor before the entire place got turned upside down by our wildling! So, I thought I’d share the upgrades we made to his nursery for this transition with you all here, in case you’re right there with me, with your lil tot!
When deciding to baby proof, we really wanted to keep things simple and not overcomplicate them. We opted for affordable options that hopefully wouldn’t be a pain in the ass to operate or an eye sore. Hopefully some of these suggestions come in handy for you and your family as you make your own transitions too!
After fitting the downstairs kitchen with this style of cabinet locks, we found them very easy to use and liked that we didn’t need a magnet or another tool to access anything. Easy, peasy! I would suggest the longer ones if you have an overhang on the dressers or furniture you are opting to baby proof however. This was something we didn’t take into account for when doing Oliver’s room so we use a large popsicle stick to access his drawers (Insert hand to face emoji here). There goes easy peasy, but hopefully you can learn from our mishaps!! lol
We weren’t taking any chances with our little daredevil when it came to his curiosity. Instead of nailing his furniture to the floor, we opted for the wall! lol We used some furniture straps to secure his dressers and ensure they wouldn’t tip on him in case he decided to start training for the next American Ninja Warrior!
One thing Oliver has always been curious about has been the electrical outlets. And as great as the simple outlet plugs are to use (and trust me we have plenty throughout our house) we needed to use some of the outlets versus just putting them out of commission, especially in his nursery where it seems like every single plug was being used! We have a few of these outlet covers in our house and we love them because they are simple and still allow us to safely have access to the electrical outlets we need. There are even some that have a plate that plugs into the outlet with an extension cord we’ve found handy!
The one thing I told my husband we had to have when upgrading his nursery to a toddler friendly environment was a new camera system. Don’t get me wrong, I loved our current baby monitor because unlike the previous two monitors we had (that were pricier) it withstood the test of time! But, it was limited in that it was stationary and unable to rotate and give full visibility of his entire room. Something I needed for my sanity and Oliver’s safety during this change. I let my husband do the recon on this one because he’s the more “tech savvy” of us two. So far, I am really impressed with the quality and picture of this system overall, especially at the price point! After investing 100’s of dollars on shitty baby monitors (I wish I was lying) this affordable option has been amazing. You can download the app for it on any device and see your lil human crystal clear in the daytime or at night.
Baby Proofing Faves
It’s been 1 full week now, and I’ll have you know this kid has taken FIVE naps, F I V E!!!!!! In one week!!!! I am shocked to say the least!! I am also relieved he has done so well with the transition and so proud of him. I didn’t feel he was quite ready to completely drop napping (neither was I lol) but the guilt of keeping him cooped up in his crib tugged at my mama heart. So, I felt this was the best transition for him and I am so happy to see how well he has done.
I hope this post has helped some of you mamas out. I know everyone’s kiddo and family needs are unique and overall I hope you genuinely find what works best for you and your little. Feel free to comment what stage you’re in right now and if you also opted for quiet time over dropping the naps. I always feel better hearing from other moms on what has worked for them or how they navigate milestones in their small humans life. I am still learning but hope you can take little pieces from our journey too!