We made a big decision shortly before we moved. We decided that Ladybug was ready to say goodbye to her crib and start sleeping in her own big girl bed! She hadn’t been escaping the crib (Thankfully! The thought of that gave me nightmares!) but we felt that she was ready, and thought that since we were moving to a new house that this would be a perfect opportunity to change beds, too. In the weeks before the move we talked almost constantly about her new bed, and how when we moved she would sleep there instead of her crib.
So when the time came, the change was almost seamless. We tried to make the change as easy for her as possible. Her room was the first room that we put together, we made is as toddler proof as we can possibly get it, and we tried to remove as many temptations to get out of bed as possible. Her toys are downstairs in the playroom (slash dining room – hey, you gotta make due with what you have!) and besides her bed and dresser, and a chair, she has a low bookshelf full of books in her room, but that is pretty much it. She has been told that she can read books to help her fall asleep if she isn’t quite ready, but she needs to stay in bed. And for the most part, she does!! The only issue so far has been that her room is the first to get sunlight in the morning, and it gets about as bright as the sun in there! Which means she has been waking up betwen 6:30 and 7 for the last week! That is kind of early for Mama, though, and kind of throws our whole day off. I bought some black-out curtains yesterday, and just as soon as I can figure out where the drill went to, I will install them! Here is hoping they work!!
This was a fun alternative to oatmeal, and while I probably won’t cook it as often (as it takes longer and needs a tiny bit more forethought) I did enjoy it! The versatility of this dish is great – you can top it with pretty much anything. I topped mine with fresh strawberry, slivered almonds and toasted coconut and it was pretty much amazing. Ladybug, however, was not impressed. I think I’ve overdone the whole “oatmeal makes an awesome breakfast” thing, because she will not eat it anymore. Not one spoonful. I tried this as a “look, its not oatmeal” gimmick, but she saw right through it. Fine, that just means more for me!
Have you moved a toddler from a crib to a bed yet? What tricks did you use to help them adjust?
2 cups milk 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 1/2 TBSP brown sugar dash of cinnamon whatever toppings you want (I did almonds, strawberries, toasted coconut and a little bit of extra milk)
In a large saucepan, bring the milk to simmer over medium heat. Add the quinoa and return to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes, or until 3/4 of the milk has been absorbed. Stir in the brown sugar, dash of cinnamon, and cook for several more minutes until just enough of the milk has been absorbed for your liking. Remove the quinoa from heat, spoon into bowls and top as you prefer.
Jenni lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her amazing husband, two girls, two dogs who think they are children, and a feisty cat. She is the creator of The Gingered Whisk, a recipe blog dedicated to finding easy, healthy-ish, and tasty weeknight meals that kids and adults alike will love. She is super passionate about helping every member of a family learn to love great food. When not cooking, eating, or thinking about food, she is often hiking around area parks, creating intricate legos castles with her girls, watching nerdy tv with her husband, or curled up in a corner somewhere reading a good book.