Waverly Maye’s Big Girl Bed

We are almost two weeks into our big girl bed transition, and still going strong with Waverly sleeping in her bed during both naps & bedtime with zero issues at all! 🙂  I am still a little shocked every single time, although clearly I should have given her more credit, girlfriend is rocking this whole thing like she could have done this months ago.  I am so proud of her & only a little emotional over what a big girl she is acting like these days!

 My husband starting making Waverly’s bed right after Christmas, which was about the same time we started talking to her about it, showing her the bed through the construction process & telling her about the transition pretty much once a day.  We explained to her for weeks that she would be passing her crib down to her little sister, which she seemed really excited about.  I’m hoping the same excitement sticks around when baby girl gets here, fingers crossed! 😉
We decided to make the move on a Friday so we both didn’t have to work the next day, we honestly were fully prepared for a long, sleepless night (which we might as well start getting used to again, anyways).  She was a little confused when both her bed & glider were no longer in her room, but we did our best to make all the other parts of our bedtime routine exactly the same.  I read her books in her bed instead of the glider, & since it was night one, stayed laying with her for a little while after we turned the lights out.  When I left she was still awake, but perfectly fine, & fell asleep like usual within minutes.  My husband & I were both completely shocked!  I kept waiting to be woken up in the middle of the night by either footsteps, her standing over me because she magically found her way out of the room, or her closet thrown around in complete chaos, but she slept entirely through the night.
Since then, naps & bedtime have gone the same way, and I honestly think she loves going to sleep more than ever before.  Our biggest issue is her jumping on the bed, which she loves to do, but will only do it while we are in her room before she goes to sleep, never once after I have turned the lights out.  I’m guessing she either doesn’t realize she is even able to get out of the bed herself, or has just decided to follow directions, both of which seriously blow my mind! 😉 
My husband made the bed entirely himself!  He started using a plan but then when we realized it didn’t fit the sheets I had already bought, threw the plan out the window and did the rest all on his own, through trial & error.  The bed is made out of pine & ash, all bought from Home Depot or Lowe’s, and bead board was used for the head & foot board.  The last part of the process was obviously painting it white, he used a child-friendly paint to pair with the fact that everything in the bed was entirely real wood, nothing processed.  
I am amazed at what he was able to do!  My hormones had me annoyed halfway through the process when I just wished we had a bought a bed instead (so we could move on to the other parts of our house project & nursery list), but I couldn’t love it more and am so, so thankful to have something so special in our family for years to come!
The sheets are from Pottery Barn Kids, we got them forever ago & love them, I had been waiting to be able to put them to good use!  I am currently looking for some sort of quilt or blanket & extra throw pillows as well, I love this pom blanket or something else with a pop of pink to match her room.  For now, we put extra pillows down her bed to make sure she is safe if she falls, but are going to look into these bumpers or something else like it for the future.  Waverly doesn’t move much when she sleeps, but I definitely want something just in case, this was the first time I have even been brave enough to give her an actual pillow or sheets (we used the breathable blankets before)!  So any other suggestions are appreciated! 🙂
And lastly, here is my first post on Waverly’s big girl room, with links to everything!  I hope this was at least a little bit helpful to someone, I know how much we relied on posts like this before we made the move!


  1. February 25, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    I adore those gold dot sheets! I want them for myself 🙂 Your husband is so talented, the bed is beautiful. I'm so glad the transition went well!

  2. February 25, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Go Waverly!!! And your hubs did it again…that bed is perfection! Love it all 🙂

  3. February 25, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    I LOVE IT! I would sleep just fine in here, too, if it was my room! 😉 I am so glad the transition went well for you…Cam is still in his crib and will be until he goes to college – haha!! We'll see, but I have a feeling it won't be as smooth. I cannot wait to see Baby Girl's nursery…you have such a good eye for decorating!!! xoxo

  4. February 25, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    Oh my goodness her room is a dream! The bed is also gorgeous (:

  5. February 25, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Way to go Waverly! Love everything about this room, so sweet! When we transitioned Wyatt, he was the same way. He loves it too! Although, at first, he would get out of bed and play or bring his toys to his bed. He's been doing that less now.

  6. February 25, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, her room is lil girl perfection! I love the pink and gold, so sweet. Glad she is doing well with the new bed!

  7. February 25, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    First of all, WAY TO GO, hubby for making such a beautiful bed for Waverly! He did an amazing job, and I'm sure that bed will be something you all cherish for years to come. And way to go, Waverly too!!! What a big girl:) So proud of both her and Caleb for making the transition so well. How funny is it that our kids shocked us so much by doing this so well? Guess we underestimated them, eh?

    And finally, LOVE those sheets, Mama! I found a similar crib sheet at Land of Nod that I am thinking of picking up for Vivian. The gold dots are everything:)

  8. February 25, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Such a beautiful bed; I just love that your husband made it! And yay for Waverly making such a smooth transition!

  9. February 25, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Your husband did an amazing job!mthat bed is gorgeous!

  10. February 25, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Beautiful room and amazing bed. Your hubby is very talented and of course Waverly looks adorable.

  11. February 25, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    That bed is beautiful! You have a very talented husband! I am shocked and so jealous at how easily this transition has been for you. I still have to rock noah to sleep so I have no clue how we will ever transition to noah just going to sleep on his own, in a big bed no less!

  12. February 25, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    High five for a smooth transition! I swear it took lex a year to figure out she can get out herself… But she still has yet to abuse it. I love those sheets! So so cute!

  13. Anonymous
    February 25, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    yay Waverly! and love that y'all made the bed!

  14. February 25, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    I love her bed 🙂 It is so nice.. Your husband did a great job !!!!

  15. February 25, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Yay for Waverly doing so well transitioning! I'm so terrified of the transition we inevitably have to make. Here's to hoping our process goes as smoothly as yours.
    And, oh my gosh, her bed is absolutely perfect!! How lucky you are to have such a talented husband!!

  16. February 25, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    What an adorable bed…and so special since her Daddy made it for her. So great that the transition is going as well as it is. You just never know at that age! 😉

  17. February 25, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Love it! So cute! And what a talented husband!

  18. February 25, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Her room is gorgeous and so is her bed!! Love it so much!

  19. February 25, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    What a beautiful bed! Your husband is quite the handy-man 🙂

  20. February 25, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    That is DEFINITELY a big girl room. It kinda brings tears to my eyes haha. I'm pretty sure Waverly hasn't figured out she can get up by herself. You just wait until it clicks. I can't wait for that update.

  21. February 25, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    Love her bed! Your hubby is so tAlented! We have the bed for Cash, although I Haven't brought myself to make the transition yet.

  22. February 25, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    That bed is gorgeous, i LOVE that your husband made it for Waverly! So glad to hear the transition has been going so well. I was super surprised that Maddie handled the transition well too, although now we just have to master the whole potty training business! xx

  23. February 25, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    her bed is beautiful!
    we were also PETRIFIED to move my son out of his crib (we had to bc he was climbing out). he's a terrible sleeper and we knew it'd be a nightmare. but it was so easy! just like with waverly!
    i've heard other parents say the same thing, for many kids this seems like a simple transition.

  24. February 25, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    So amazing he made the bed, how special! And even better she's doing so well. A is going to move rooms when we switch her from toddler bed to big girl bed, and I'm hoping it improves sleep a bit. Although I think our problem is that naps disturb bedtime so giving them up is prob inevitable.

  25. February 25, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Wow this is so cute!! Great job Hubby making the bed! is it a twin mattress? I love the polka dots and that pom throw is super cute!!

  26. February 25, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    What an awesome bed! I have a question about your sheets/mattress. Did you just buy bigger sheets and wrap the mattress/boxspring all in one or is there no boxspring. I'm having issues with our boxspring b/c I don't want a bed skirt, but the flat sheet I have on there from our set won't stay put. I was going to tape it on there until I saw this. Also, we rolled up a blanket and put it under the sheet on Reed's bed instead of buying a rail. I also hear you can use a pool noodle.

    • March 2, 2015 / 1:44 pm

      Thanks for the tip! We actually just bought them big & wrapped around the box spring – it worked perfectly!!!!!!!!! Hope that helps! 🙂

  27. February 25, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Love her bed! How sweet that her daddy made it for her! I'm so glad her transition is going so smoothly! I hope it continues to go well!

  28. February 25, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Wooo! So glad the transition went well! Next thing to get….the stop light alarm clock! Then you should be officially set for the next ten years or so 😉

  29. February 26, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    It is beautiful, you're husband is awesome! And, wow! I love that it has been so smooth. I've got my fingers crossed for Aria.

  30. February 26, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    That bed is GORGEOUS!!!! You husband is a truly talented man! I love everything about it – the design, the sheets, the color, everything. So happy that Waverly transitioned so well!!! xo

  31. February 26, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    I love her bed!! He did an amazing job! And go Waverly, go!! I am so happy she has handled the transition like a champ! I am definitely not expecting the same outcome when we finally make the switch with Mia, ha ha!

  32. February 27, 2015 / 1:11 am

    Her room is so pretty! The bed came out beautiful!

  33. February 27, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    so precious! and I'm so glad to know she's doing so well!

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