Moving Your Child From The Crib To The Toddler Bed

How do you when it's the right time to move your little one from a crib to a big kid’s bed? Are there any signs you should look out for? Does your child sense that it's time for this change or is it a decision that the parent has to make?

When Is The Right Time For A Toddler Bed?

While every child is different, and you certainly don't want to rush your child out of the crib, toddler beds become necessary between the ages of 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 years old. It's typically around this time that your child starts to out grow his or her crib. You're also going to want to move your child into a bigger bed if he or she becomes too active to safely sleep inside a more confined crib space. Here are some helpful tips that you can use in determining when it's time to make the switch.

Your child learns how to climb: As your child becomes more active, he or she might start to get a little adventurous in the crib. When the crib rail is about chest high, it's a good idea to switch to a toddler bed.

Your child learns how to use the toilet: Potty training is another exciting and stressful time in both a parent's and a child's life. If a child is of the age when he is learning how to use the toilet on his own, being able to get out of bed quickly is key. While bed-wetting is still going to happen, you can more efficiently get your little one out of a toddler bed than you can with a crib.

You have a baby on the way: If you are expecting another child soon and don't want to buy a brand new crib, you might want to transition your little one out of the crib early. Consider moving your older child into a toddler bed at least 6-8 weeks before the newborn's arrival. This will give your older one more time to settle into the bigger bed.

The Transition

Remember, you don't want to rush your child out of the crib. You want the transition to be as smooth and seamless as possible. Try and get your child excited about the prospect of a new bed - buy new Sponge Bob sheets, some fun new pillows or a stuffed animal. A crib in many ways simulates a womb, in that it completely encases the child making them feel safe and warm. Toddler beds come in many styles, many with protective rails on the sides which will definitely help the child be protected and safe.

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