The key to success is to be patient and allow your child time to adjust to the change. Birth to 5 Years Old Why move a child from crib to bed? Switching to a bed gives a child freedom and brings new issues for parents, such as the yo-yo syndrome or early morning wanderings.
Where will the new bed be? I had my daughter in a sleepsack until we made the transition to her bed around 3 years of age.
The most common reasons to switch: Your child learns how to climb. Your child outgrows the crib. Your child asks for a bed. Your child is learning how to use the toilet. A new sibling is on the way.
If you feel that the time is right then make the change two months or more before your newborn arrives. What kind of bed should my child move to?
Toddler bed — These are small, low and child-sized. They have guard rails on all sides, and come in playful designs. Regular bed — A common choice is a mattress, box springs and bed frame with all sides protected from fall-outs.
Consider a double or bigger size to accommodate the night-reading ritual. Mattress on the floor — A popular choice is a mattress or futon on the floor. This provides your little one with a big-kid bed, but one that prevents any painful falls. Hold off on a bunk bed until your child is 6 years old, when it is considered safe.
How do we make the change? Here are a few options: Some children enjoy having an official Big Kid Day party. Set up the bed, decorate the room and add a few sleep-related gifts like books and stuffed animals. Take the mattress out of the crib and place it on the floor in the place as the crib was. Place guard rails around the sides to create a crib-like enclosure.
Keep the same bedding and crib toys. This is a mid-step between the crib and a real bed. Set up the new bed in the same room with the crib. Allow your child to play on the bed and nap there. Do your bedtime reading in the new bed. This will help your child get used to the bed gradually. Patience and encouragement No matter which path you choose — be patient.
Big steps toward growth often happen in spurts, and your child may be excited to welcome the change one day, but wary of it the next.
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