As promised, photos of Ellie's "new" bed. She continues to do fairly well in it. She doesn't get out on her own -- not sure why -- once she's in it. Little Kitty seems to like it too. And, yes, she sleeps with ALL these animals and dolls in her bed. She has to kiss them all regularly. The pink monkey is "Mona" and she holds her pacifier when she needs it held. There is also "Glo" the worm whose face glows and who plays music; Dora who says nighty-night phrases and plays a lullaby -- and, best of all, whose eyes open and close; the bear whose tummy lights up and changes colors; an Asian baby doll, an "Ellie"phant; a giraffe that says night time prayers and a couple of pull toys that play music. Before we took one side off there were more. Girl likes her some company in her crib.
I am still contemplating a toddler bed. Pros? Cons? I know one thing. Her mattress is LESS than comfy now that I've sat on it. I think this might be why she sleeps better in our bed than hers -- well, that and she certainly likes to snuggle up to her mama!!