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Did you get a second crib...?

Hi I'm new to the board but due in jan with #2! Our son will be 19 mos when the new one arrives and I'm wondering did you with 2u2 get a second crib or did you transition your toddler to toddler beds? I have read many articles on how it can be better to wait but obviously each child is different so I'm curious about your experiences as we prepare for the craziness! Thanks so much!

Re: Did you get a second crib...?

  • Mine were 15 months apart.  I totally got a second crib.  It was so nice to be able to contain the older child when you needed to do something with the younger.  My 2nd will be 19 months when this baby is born and I'm not transitioning her either.  As long as he isn't climbing out, I would keep him there as long as possible.
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  • Second crib! My three kids are all 17 months apart. We kept the first in her crib until after her second birthday, and she needed it that long. My second is now 18 months and nowhere near ready to transition. We tried one night, and she wasn't having it.

    We got convertible cribs, and with three kids they are getting tons of use. We got our second crib from a friend so it was super cheap, and put the older child in it so we never had any safety concerns about a newborn in a used crib.
  • Mine are 17 months apart and we got a second crib. I hope she stays in there until her 2nd bday. Plus I don't think she should be forced to grow up faster because we decided to have another baby.


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  • Mine will be 13.5 months apart. A friend from church (who we completely trust) is giving us a hand-me-down crib, but before her offer we planned on buying one. There is no way I think DD will be ready to move out of her crib any time soon. DS will be in our room at night for a few months, but we might start naps in his crib from the beginning...
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  • No.  Mine are exactly 18 months apart and I did not get a 2nd crib.  We kept DS2 in the Arms Reach co-sleeper in my bedroom until he was 7.5 months (converted it to the pack n play configuration when he got bigger).  Then we moved him to a separate room upstairs.  DS1 was in a crib this whole time.  By this point (DS1 was 25 months) I really wanted DS2 to have the crib, but it took us a little while to acquire a twin bed.  First we put them in the same room together and then when DS1 was about 28 months he finally got a bed.  He loves it. The whole transition went so much better than I expected.
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  • No. My first two are 19 months apart and we didn't see a need for a second crib. We kept DD1 in the crib until she was 23 months, when she chose to move to the toddler bed. DD2 was in the rock and play in our room until she was almost 6 months old, then moved to the crib about a month after DD1 moved out of it.  

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  • Yes, mine were only 11 months apart, but DS is still happily in his crib at 2 years 3 months. I'm a huge fan of containment as long as possible. 
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  • Mine are 19 months apart and I'm glad we got the second crib.  DS1 is nowhere ready to move out of his.  I see him in it until at least his 2nd birthday and it works as a good toddler containment area when I have to tend to the younger LO since DS1 knows how to operate doors and locks (long story).
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  • I had a very different experience than pp's. By the time she turned a year old, dd hated her crib. She hated being contained, I guess, she woke up screaming every single morning. Dh and I were just curious and at 13 months converted her crib to a toddler bed, since we knew she could climb something that low easily. Lo and behold she laid down with no problems at 8 pm, as usual, and woke up in an awesome mood, crawled out of bed and came to get me at 9 am! Needless to say, she stayed in her toddler bed, and we recently got her a full sized mattress (just sitting on the floor) that she loves, so #2 can have the crib when she gets here. We haven't had any issues, but I consider us extremely lucky in that regard. Dd always was an excellent sleeper, from the time she was 9 months I could just lay her down in bed & she'd put herself to sleep and sttn. It really does depend on your toddler. I feel like my child is probably the exception to the rule, but I doubt there's any way I can get that lucky again!
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    My 2 are 13.5 months apart. We did get a second crib. And my DD is going to be 3 in less than a month and she is still in her crib. My DS will be 2 in September and he is also still in his crib. 

    Best thing we ever did was get a 2nd crib!  


  • Yes.  Kids are 18months apart and we got a 2nd crib.  Both are convertible so DS1 was going to keep his to convert to a toddler bed anyway.

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  • Yes.  Crib them as long as possible!
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  • We are planning on getting a second crib as LO will be only 17 months old and his crib is a convertible one, so we're planning on having him keep that crib with him as he grows so we will get another convertible crib for the new baby to grow into.
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  • Mine are 14 months apart.  We did get a 2nd crib (both convertible).  We converted DD's crib straight to her full size bed when she was two (kid was such a climber).  DS is still in his crib now...  although we're about to switch him to a toddler bed in the very near future.
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    Mine were 15 months apart.  I totally got a second crib.  It was so nice to be able to contain the older child when you needed to do something with the younger.  My 2nd will be 19 months when this baby is born and I'm not transitioning her either.  As long as he isn't climbing out, I would keep him there as long as possible.

    The underlined is the advice I got from my pedi. We got a second crib (DD was 18 mos old) and I am really glad we did. I know she is safe in there and she sleeps great. Plus, I was concerned that giving "her" crib to the baby would be one more thing for her to have to adjust to.

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  • image hheyderh:
    Mine were 15 months apart.  I totally got a second crib.  It was so nice to be able to contain the older child when you needed to do something with the younger.  My 2nd will be 19 months when this baby is born and I'm not transitioning her either.  As long as he isn't climbing out, I would keep him there as long as possible.

    This. My first two were 14m apart.

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  • DS1 will be 22 months when DS2 arrives and we are not getting a second crib. DS will be in with us for the first 7 months, and at some point after DS1 turns two we will transition him to a big bed, before moving DS2 into the crib.

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  • I'm due in December and my LO's will be 5yr, 17mo and newborn, I've just ordered the 2nd the crib :) Since the two youngest will be sharing a room cribs for as long as possible is my idea!
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