Months and months ago I shared that we were finally in the market to put Madilyn into a big girl bed because I found her dangling over the side of her crib one day. Well, it took me until a week ago to finally make the leap.
I just KNEW that Madilyn was going to be like those kids on Supernanny where Jo has to take them back to bed 758 times before they stay, sobbing in their beds.
Since Madilyn was 5 months old we have had the same night time routine. We watch Sprout’s Good Night Show for 15 minutes, brush our teeth, sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, and then recite the last half of “Good Night Moon”. We then kiss goodnight and she lays in bed.
We ended up deciding on a twin bed for longevity’s sake. Kyle’s mom and dad got Madilyn’s new bed and we went to pick it up a few days later.
Well, when Kyle opened Madilyn’s “big girl bed” and finished putting it together, she was SO excited. She jumped right in and didn’t want to get out, despite the fact that it wasn’t even nap time.
“Yeah,” I thought, “THAT’S gonna last. PSH!”
Naturally, Kyle was closing that night so I was going to have to do bed time all alone. Madilyn and I did our standard night time routine and I put her in bed. As she snuggled into her covers, she told me that she had to pee.
“Great, now it begins” I thought. Being that she had potty trained the week prior, I obliged by taking her to the toilet. Nothing happened. Just as I thought. I took her back to bed and told her that it was bed time. I recited “Good Night Moon” again and tucked her in. A couple of minutes later, just after I had cuddled into my big chair, she sauntered out asking for water.
Being that she had potty trained the week prior, I told her no, no water and took her back to bed and told her that it was bed time. I recited ”Good Night Moon” yet again and tucked her in. Again. I left the room as she was trying to ask me for more water but her requests fell on deaf ears.
A few minutes later, she came back out and told me that she had to poop. Being that she had potty trained the week prior, I obliged. I sat her down on the potty, touched her shoulders, looked her in the eye, and told her that she had 5 minutes to prove that she had to go poop or else she was going to go back to bed.
5 minutes passed without so much as a fart so I pulled her up, redressed her, and took her back to bed. This time, I told her that if she came out of her room again, I was going to put her in the crib (which was still in her bedroom). She shook her head from side to side violently and then told me that she wanted to sleep in her big girl bed.
I went back out into the living room, looking forward to spending some time alone.
5 minutes later, Madilyn was still in her bedroom.
10 minutes later, Madilyn was still in her room. In her bed!
30 minutes later, Madilyn was STILL in her room!
The skies opened up and God shown his face upon my living room as heavenly angels sang a song of Wonderment and Awe.
And it has honestly been that easy ever since.
What was NOT so easy, was picking out her bedding. We looked at Beyond-Bedding.com and found some extremely cute sets at very reasonable prices. There were some lovely, mature bed sets for girls, some funky ones, some more super girly ones, I just couldn’t decide.
One of my favorites was this zebra print bedding. This SCREAMS Madilyn to me but she has black polka dots on one of her walls and I thought the polka dots and stripes would clash. What do you think?
OK so THEN there’s this make your own toddler bedding that is to die for. SO many options, SO many customizations, SO much fun. There are 4 steps to designing your own bedding and Beyond Bedding makes it incredibly easy to do. There are thousands upon thousands of things that you can do with your child’s room with this stuff.
I couldn’t decide so I sent several links to Kyle to look at and he inadvertently chose the one that really was my favorite all along.
Isn’t it the CUTEST?! I just loved the ladybugs, the black gingham, and the red fabric with white polka dots. I also thought that it would look great with the polka dots that were already on her wall.
We placed the order and then I immediately called my mom who ordered the hamper and wall decals to go with it.
When it arrived, Madilyn was SO SO SO excited to have a new “blankek” to snuggle with. I was extremely impressed with the quality. For $99 I wasn’t sure how soft it would feel but it’s like a soft cloud! The fabric is wonderfully soft. The whole set came with a comforter, sham, dust ruffle, and valance – truly a steal.
SO now that it’s all assembled and Madilyn is in absolute AMOR with her new bedroom, I am happy and beaming with pride not only at our huge milestone, but the beautiful room that is hers.
When Grady finally goes into his own bedroom, we’ll be doing the make your own baby bedding for sure. There is so much to choose from.
If you are in the market for high quality, beautiful, inexpensive bedding for your baby, toddler, child, or teen, I HIGHLY recommend Beyond-Bedding.com!
Disclaimer: I was provided a bedding set for review from Beyond-Bedding.com, however; my opinions were not influenced in any way by compensation. All thoughts, opinions, and precious babies in ladybug bedding are my very own.