One week ago, we finally decided to transition Nolan over to his "big boy bed". We bought Nolan the bunk bed about a month ago, knowing that we wanted to give him at least 2 months to transition over to the new bed before his baby sister arrived.
After a few weeks of just him getting used to the beds (we would sit/play on the bed, read books in the bed, etc), we decided it was time to actually have him trying to actually sleep in them.
The first night, I read to him for 20 minutes or so, then I laid with him in the bed for 30 minutes or so before leaving the room. He cried for a few minutes, then went to sleep! He woke up at about 2am, so I laid with him for a 30 minutes, then went back to my room.
Then nights 2-7, I just read him books for bit, laid with him for around 10 minutes, then left. He's been a total champ and appears to LOVE sleeping in his new beds!!!! He even gets excited when I say that we should go upstairs for bedtime - I tell him we'll go read books in his big boy bed, and he makes a b-line to his room!!
Thank god - it's been much easier than I anticipated. I really hope he keeps up the great work!!
(and a thank you to Jarrod & Jenn: having the turtle night light in his bed has been a huge help; he won't go to sleep without putting "turto on")