We haven't pushed the issue of Eloise moving into her "big girl bed" (which is actually her crib converted to a toddler bed). I have friends who put their 12 month old in a toddler bed (I can't even imagine!!)... but with the stairs being RIGHT outside of our bedroom doors... and the fact that the crib contained Eloise (especially at nap time), Cory and I were in no hurry. And when we did mention it a couple of times, Eloise got a little panicky. She's pretty set with routine and has a definite level of comfort in that space.
So, here we are... she is a little over 3... and we finally switched her bed around. Some may say we waited too long. But I don't care what anyone says. What works for us might not work for you. Honestly, one of the main reasons we decided to finally do it was because I was diagnosed with "Costo Chondritis" (inflammation of the cartilage around the ribs, in my case near my heart which was causing swelling, pain and a hard time breathing). The doctor told me that I need to be careful with my lifting... and it's not easy lifting a 35 lb child out over the side of a crib, especially when you are short like me and can't get your legs into the lift.
Anyway... Here's the big girl!
She's got her 5 blankies (yes, FIVE!), Minnie and her "friends" (3 other stuffed animals)... and of course a Book for good measure!!
I'm not sure how I'll sleep tonight, wondering if she'll get up and wander to the stairs in her sleep... but we'll see how it goes!!