Transitioning From Crib To Big Girl Bed

Pottery Barn Kids Savannah BeddingAndrew’s parents were in town this weekend, and we put them to work! On Sunday, they helped us swap out all of the nursery furniture with Madeline’s new-to-her Dixie French Provincial bedroom set.

A few months ago, I found this beautiful set (similar style here) listed on Craigslist. I emailed the lister on a Thursday, and he responded almost instantly, offering a huge price cut if we could pick it up that weekend. So that Friday, I rented a U-haul, hitched it to the back of the VUE, called our babysitter and Andrew and I took the two hour drive to Wilmington to snag our sweet deal! We loaded the gorgeous furniture (a four poster full-size bed, six-drawer dresser, mirror and nightstand) into the trailer, handed over a mere $475, made a quick pit-stop to put our toes in the ocean and drove back home.

I purchased her Pottery Barn Kids Savannah bedding on sale, along with our military discount, over the phone from the Raleigh location for under $130 shipped. And I found her Pottery Barn Kids Ric Rac sheets on Ebay for $40 shipped. We ordered her box spring and bed rails on Amazon for under $150 shipped. The mattress I found on a Facebook buy-sell group for $70, still in it’s plastic wrapping (we ended up reselling this for $80, after our box spring was delivered with a matching mattress free of charge). I picked up a few last-minute knickknacks (fabric bins and a wicker basket) from Target for under $25.
Little Girls' Bedroom
French Provincial Bedroom Set
Vintage Dixie Furniture
Brand new, brand-name big-girl bedroom makeover: Less than $900
Look on our daughter’s face when she hopped under the covers of her new bed: Priceless
Madeline in her big girl bed

We finished the transformation just before her afternoon nap. After an hour and a half of chatter, jumping, opening dresser drawers, pulling books off the shelf, attempting to open the door (secured with a child-proof handle), more jumping, a bruised cheek and few tears, she slept in her bed for the first time for a little over an hour. When I went in to get her, she was still in the bed, smiling. Win.

That first night couldn’t have gone better if we’d planned it. We went about her normal bedtime routine (dinner, tubby, jammies, reading books and singing a lullaby), kissed her, pulled up the covers and said goodnight. We shut the door and only heard a few peeps before blissful silence. Our awesome two year old slept 12 hours, straight through the night in her bed. You’ve never seen a more proud set of parents.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for continued success in her transition from sweet girl baby to big girl. Just in time for us to start all over again with her little brother this fall…


  1. Mary Ella McAfee says

    Hey, I am in a huge search for the blue pottery barn kids Savannah bedding. Baby girl #3 is on the way and her 2 older sisters have the pink and green version. This is a long shot, but I am checking to see if you still have the duvet and/or shams and if you are interested in selling.
    Thanks so much!

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