I have to admit, I was all kinds of stressed over switching Daphne to a big bed. However, we didn't want to buy another crib for the new baby, and I wanted to make the transition a few months before my due date to make sure she was good and comfortable in there when the baby came.
So after a few weeks of procrastinating, we decided to take the plunge. I also have to admit I cried about this a few different times leading up to the actual switching of the bed/crib. She's still my baby, and it was making me a tad bit sappy to think about her little tiny self in a big queen bed. Plus, we still rocked each night for a few minutes to get in those extra snuggles before bedtime, and I was afraid she would feel upset about not having that as part of our routine anymore.
So I prayed about it (as I tend to do), and sure enough, I was stressing out about nothing (which happens more than I'd like to admit). The transition was a dream. I think the fact that we had been talking about "Daphne's big girl room" and her "big girl bed" with such excitement the months that proceeded the big switcheroo, played a huge role in the success of the transition. The whole time Matt was putting her big bed together she kept jumping around saying "Oh Boy! Oh Boy!" She was SO excited.
With the exception of a few lingering night time snuggles in her bed (which I have to admit, I kind of love), she has been a total gem with the switch from crib to big bed. She has guard rails up on both sides and lots of cozy blankets and pillows, which I think also makes her feel extra snuggly.
Ok, I realize I may just be rambling now...so here are a few photos of the big girl room itself!
+bedding-clearance from target
+teepee- I painted a tablecloth with gold polka dots and used $2 poles from Lowes to make it
+pillows on bench- I made them
+Easel, white table, galvinized buckets and rod, picture frames, large frame above bed - Ikea
+gold vinyl wall polka dots- walls by mur