Okay, THIS. This has been months in the works.. actually. More like over a year. HAHA. Anyways, I could tell you a million reasons why it's taken so long but that would be really boring. So, here we are! I really love how it all came together - I wanted Silas to have a nice bed, a place to color and play, a teepee where he could read and hide out and a place for all his books (this kid loves to read), so I'm super happy we were able to incorporate all of those elements.
Special thanks to, Dock A Tot for this Grand sleeper that has helped Silas transition from his crib to a toddler bed, Tnee's Tpee's for this amazing teepee, Copper Pearl for the changing pad cover, Land of Nod for the polar bear mat, flags and sheet set, Spilled Milk Designs for the mountain pillow, Blindster for the roman shade for his window (and they always have huge deals!!!), Hello Maypole for the felt balls, Bla Bla kids shop for his new fave knit puppy doll and Court and Co for the incredible cactus pillow! I literally couldn't have done it without these amazing companies!!
Welp, that's it! Some of the sources are tagged in the second paragraph (the companies that partnered with us by providing items) and the rest are listed below:
Hobby Lobby: Lion and Rhino heads
Target: Coolest Kid pillowcase cover
Land of Nod: USA map
The Little Tiny Shop: leather mobile
Amazon: Table and chairs
Ivie Baby Shop: Cactus print and "Stay True" print
Ikea: Round stools
The Dock a Tot has helped HUGELY in our transition - Silas slept in it some while he was still in his crib, so once we put it in the toddler bed, sleeping there didn't feel different to him. I think this played a large role in how smooth the transfer went because I'm sure a bed feels big and scary after being in an enclosed crib for 2 years! A few other things that helped:
1) Wait until they're ready - we tried the transition in January and it DID NOT work, to say the least. We found Silas on the second night.. in the living room.. at 3am.. playing with his trains. HAHA. We promptly put a baby gate up outside his door and he then spent the next 2 nights waking up every 15 minutes and wailing at the gate. Luckily we'd left the crib up and so back in it he went for another 2 months. Silas doesn't do super well with change and I think he liked having the toddler bed in his room for awhile so he could get used to it. We tried again in March and it was seamless - he slept perfectly from 7:30-7:30, like normal and other than a week or so when he tried to get up and play, he now stays in bed until we come and get him.
2) Be flexible - This kind of goes hand in hand with the point above - but it bears repeating. BE FLEXIBLE. I know a lot of parents don't want to buy a second crib when a new baby is coming, but seriously.. IKEA has some for only $80 and they're worth every penny. It's not worth the trauma, for you or them, to try to force you child into a bed before they're ready. Just buy the second crib!
3) Use a Dock A Tot - Seriously, WE SWEAR BY THESE. For Verity and Silas! Like I said above, I REALLY think we owe a huge part of the success of transferring him from crib to bed to our Grand Dock a Tot.
4) Be consistent - However you discipline, just be consistent. We spank for disobedience, so we had about a week where we sat outside his door with the monitor and gave him a pop whenever he got up, but it clicked for him and now he stays in bed until we come get him (and says, "Mommyyy! Daddyyy! I'm awaaake!" It's real cute). But whatever you decide to do, just do it consistently (walking them back to bed, etc.). I just suggest watching them on the monitor and going in immediately so they're not getting to play for 10 minutes before you come in each time.
I hope you found a few of these things helpful! Good luck in your transition and I hope you enjoyed our room tour!