When to Transition to a Toddler Bed
The questions that so many parents are asking about their young children have to do with when something should be implemented. New parents want to know when their child should make the switch from a toilet trainer to a full toilet. They want to know when to make the transition from training wheels to a bicycle.
One of the most common questions about raising a toddler is when are they ready to move from a crib to a bed? Well, unfortunately, there is no specific age that works for every child. Some children are ready for a toddler bed just around 18 months whereas others might need 2 years or even 3. Making the switch is all about knowing your child and what they need in their bedtime routine.
How to Transition to a Toddler Bed
Transitioning your little one from a child's crib to a new bed is a big deal, but should be treated very similarly to potty training. You have to ease the move but be prepared for a long process. Simply moving your kid into a new bed one night could have some negative side effects. Parents should prepare their kid for the move, well before actually making the bed switch.
As with most new events in the life of your toddler, it is important to be upfront with them and to communicate. One piece of advice that goes a long way in parenting is to talk to your little ones and make sure they understand what is happening and why it's happening. When you tell your kids that they're changing spaces, they'll understand why and what exactly is happening.
Signs It Is Time for a Transition From Crib to A Bed
Some of these signs are based on the health and safety of your kid whereas others are focused on necessity. The first sign that it's time for a toddler's mattress and bed is when your baby can climb out of the crib. If they're starting to struggle to stay in bed, it means that the crib is no longer effective or necessary. Another sign is when your toddler is too big for the crib. When sleeping at night, it's important that your kid has room to grow and move.
As far as necessity goes, if there's another baby on the way, then it's recommended that the older child moves to a new bed. Now, this depends on the age of the older one - a kid who is 9 months old shouldn't be in a new bed - and you might want to consider getting two cribs. Once your child has begun to show signs of growth and the need for a new mattress and bed, you'll want to make sure the transition is simple.
Easing into the Big Kid Bed
Whether it be making your crib low to the ground or letting your young ones explore the toddler bed in the day, there are plenty of ways to make the move to your new toddler beds simple. Start by moving any toys or stuffed animals along with them. If they have a favorite blanket, make sure it's there for them. This can be a scary experience for your toddlers, so bringing comfort and familiarity into the new bed will be so important.
Overall, let them know they're safe. If they need the crib back for a night, let them sleep there. Bedtime in their new bed will come eventually! Our collection of toddler floor beds may help ease the transition, and eliminate worry about your little one falling out of their new bed. Please contact us if we can answer any questions.