A couple weeks ago our friend offered to lend us her son's car toddler bed. Chris said, "it's always been a dream of mine to have one of those car beds," so we jumped on her offer. Before we picked up the bed, we talked to Henry about him moving upstairs to a new bedroom with a big boy bed. I was really nervous about the transition - how would he deal with it? Would he miss his crib? Most of all, it would mean he's not a baby any longer. Henry didn't show any anxiety. Instead he immediately jumped on board and pleaded to sleep in a "big boy bed." But we didn't have the bed yet!
Once we got the car bed, he was smitten. He wanted to stay up in his new bed all day long and didn't want to leave the house. He said to every visitor old and new, "show big boy bed." The first 3 days and nights he napped and slept per usual. On day 4, I could hear him walking around in his room, playing with cars and reading books. On day 5, I heard him shut the door and come down the stairs. He had a devilish grin as he stood on the landing. Each time, I brought him back to bed without much discussion and told him he has to stay in bed until Mommy comes to get him. We went through this routine for 2 days - putting him back into bed.
For the past 2 weeks, he has stayed in bed until I've come to get him. He sits in bed calling "Mom, Mommy, Momma, Mom." There was one hiccup, where I found him IN the bathtub playing with cars. I immediately put a safety knob apparatus on the door, and nipped that in the bud. Generally, his sleep habits have changed little regarding crib vs. toddler bed, however, I have noticed it takes him longer to fall asleep - but that might be an age thing.
It's been an amazingly easy transition. The baby's room is all ready to go, and Henry hasn't asked once to go back to his crib. HOORAY!!