Lucas has always been brave and when it comes to an obstacle, there is very little that gets in his way. He was awake... so why wouldn't he get up and play with toys? Sure this makes sense to a toddler, but to Mommy and Daddy... it's nice when WE decide getup time. It's all about maintaining the upper-hand, right (I say this sarcastically)?
Anyway I'm weighing the options and quite frankly I don't know what to do!? It's clear he's "ready" for a big-boy bed, but am I? I don't want my kid getting up when HE wants. I like the fact that his crib is a pseudo cage and for the most part, when I put him into the crib, I know he's safe. He's not chasing the cat, squirting bleach in his eyes or lighting the house on fire (all of these things have almost happened... so yes, my fears are valid). Giving the Lucas the freedom of making bedtime choices means more work for me.
On the other hand, I know that we're gearing up all of these big things: potty training, no more high-chair, big boy cups, and big-boy bed. For me to hold off on developmental growth is unfair and for selfish reasons. Lucas having a "real" bed could be a great thing. Some days he asks for a nap and the idea of him putting himself into bed is thrilling (for all of us). He's growing up and this could be a big and great way to start learning how to be a big boy.
- Discipline Lucas and teach him it's not okay to climb out of the crib.
- Remove the side of the crib and deal with him having his own opinions regarding nap-time/bedtime/wake-up time.
I just don't know if I'm ready to give up the cage. It's pretty awesome.
What did you do? I could use some perspective here.