When we brought Rachel home, she slept in a crib. Less than a month later she started climbing out (and falling), so we converted the crib to a toddler bed. It was just the right size and easy for her to get in and out of (which she did, dozens of times a night). She grew and grew, but the toddler bed stayed. Katherine moved to a regular bed just before her 3rd birthday. Rachel did not. She stayed in the toddler bed. We were ridiculously unmotivated to buy her a real bed. I bought a quilt for a big bed almost two years ago, which has set neatly folded in a corner ever since. But this spring, when we finally admitted that our soon-to-be-kindergartener was still sleeping on a crib mattress, we decided it was time to convert the toddler bed into a full-sized bed. Soon!
The bed rails, mattess, and box springs arrived today. Rachel was beside herself with excitement and insisted on helping assemble the bed.