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Making up a Toddler Bed

Gracie has moved from her crib into a toddler bed. Grace's toddler bed

She loves the new bed. If we’re in her room in the middle of the afternoon, she will climb into her bed and pretend to sleep. It’s a cute little game we play.

If you ask her about the big move, she’ll tell you that the new bed is her baby bed. She’s very attached to the baby title, which might be an annoying problem when she’s, say, 19, but for now is just cute. Since there won’t be any more babies coming along, she can keep that moniker.

In case you missed it above – do not call her new sleeping arrangements a big girl bed. You will be sternly corrected. Not by me.

Now that Grace has a regular bed, she wanted a regular quilt and a regular pillow. She asked for them by name: buh? and puhdoh? Where we used to rock her to sleep clutching Barney and her Pooh blanket, we now rock her to sleep clutching her pillow and bunny quilt.

I made the bunny quilt when I was pregnant. It is adorable, and I have been waiting impatiently for her to use it.

I tried giving Grace a normal-sized pillow, and looked at it for about a second and a half before realizing that it was far too big to be practical.

Next, I tried a bath pillow. The bath pillow was a perfect size, but it was stuffed too much to be comfortable for Grace.Grace and her pillow

I lamented to my mom about the lack of pillow options, and she reminded me that she’d made my toddler pillow from a baby fleece and stuffed it herself. As soon as she made the suggestion, I knew I had the perfect fabric.

Sometime in the past six months, I happened upon the remnants bin at a fabric store. In it, I found a small piece of Elmo flannel. It was only 13 inches wide, but I bought it anyway (for pennies, I might add). I frequently buy remnants like that, knowing that I’ll someday find a fun use for them.

This little piece of flannel became my pillow.

Come back tomorrow to see how to make your own toddler pillow. It’s very easy.

Happily submitted to Tackle It Tuesday and Talk About Tuesday

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28 thoughts on “Making up a Toddler Bed”

  1. It looks like Grace loves that pillow! Do you happen to have any fabric left? 😉 M is obsessed with Elmo.

    I have something to confess… she fell out of her crib this afternoon. I felt like a terrible mother… that somehow it was my fault because she didn’t *really want to take a nap but I *needed for her to take a nap. So she tried to climb out. I’m not sure how, but she succeeded. Thank goodness she didn’t fall far, and landed on her diaper-cushioned bottom. No visible bruises and only cried for a few seconds (how long it took me to run up the stairs to her room!) So I took everything out of her crib except a thin blanket. I’m debating whether it’s time to change to a toddler bed or not. She moves so much at night though, that I’m afraid she’ll fall right off.

    Mariana’s last blog post..Quick, somebody cheer me up!

  2. It looks like Grace loves that pillow! Do you happen to have any fabric left? 😉 M is obsessed with Elmo.

    I have something to confess… she fell out of her crib this afternoon. I felt like a terrible mother… that somehow it was my fault because she didn’t *really want to take a nap but I *needed for her to take a nap. So she tried to climb out. I’m not sure how, but she succeeded. Thank goodness she didn’t fall far, and landed on her diaper-cushioned bottom. No visible bruises and only cried for a few seconds (how long it took me to run up the stairs to her room!) So I took everything out of her crib except a thin blanket. I’m debating whether it’s time to change to a toddler bed or not. She moves so much at night though, that I’m afraid she’ll fall right off.

    Mariana’s last blog post..Quick, somebody cheer me up!

  3. I just moved my 2 year old to her convertible bed a few weeks ago. The transition was great… two nights of “exploring” and Knock Knock Knocking on the door and now she stays in bed all the time. I would love to know about that pillow! She uses a folded over fleece blanket for her pillow and really doesn’t have any thing she clings to when she sleeps. I’ll stop back tomorrow!

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  4. I just moved my 2 year old to her convertible bed a few weeks ago. The transition was great… two nights of “exploring” and Knock Knock Knocking on the door and now she stays in bed all the time. I would love to know about that pillow! She uses a folded over fleece blanket for her pillow and really doesn’t have any thing she clings to when she sleeps. I’ll stop back tomorrow!

    Robyn’s last blog post..Tackle it Tuesday – Closet clean up!

  5. It’s so fun when they transition to a big bed! I like the independence it gives them. Of course this baby will stay in a crib as long as possible because we’re never going to let her grow up!

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  6. It’s so fun when they transition to a big bed! I like the independence it gives them. Of course this baby will stay in a crib as long as possible because we’re never going to let her grow up!

    The Lazy Organizer’s last blog post..Talk About an Entryway Tour

  7. It’s so fun when they transition to a big bed! I like the independence it gives them. Of course this baby will stay in a crib as long as possible because we’re never going to let her grow up!

    The Lazy Organizer’s last blog post..Talk About an Entryway Tour

  8. it's kind of waste making expensive beds for toddlers coz in the long run you'll have to replace those beds since they grow twice than their regular size lol

  9. How can you be so insensitive? At this age they should be taken care of very carefully, as it is the age where their perception is the highest. I would even provide my child with a natural latex mattress or something hypoallergenic just to make sure, and of course the atmosphere, just like the article said, is extremely important.

  10. One of the boarders dragged him out of the house and left him in the middle of the road where others have also started to deposit things they saved from their respective houses.

  11. You might be interested in a tempurpedic mattress for when you kid grows up a little bit and they do grow up so fast.. You just don't realise when time passes by:)) Enjoy it while you can:)))
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