When Is My Child Ready For A Toddler Bed?
Moving from a crib to a toddler bed is a big step, both for your toddler and for you! For your toddler, it makes him feel as if he’s growing up; he suddenly has a lot more freedom at night, and feels like he has earned your trust. For you, it can signify the end of the baby days, and also create an enormous amount of anxiety. What if he gets up in the night? What if he wanders away? What if he gets into something dangerous? Fortunately, by making sure that your child is ready, you can alleviate some of these fears.
One major sign that your child is ready for a toddler bed is that she is able to climb out of her crib on her own. This is just as much for safety as anything else; if she can climb out of her crib in the night, she could very well hurt herself from the fall. If your child can’t climb out of the crib yet but is 36 inches tall, it is probably time to move her to a toddler bed as well. Typically, a child will reach this stage sometime between the ages of eighteen months and two years.
If your toddler is climbing out of the crib or trying to climb out of the crib, you may be able to hold off a toddler bed by lowering the mattress. If you are expecting another baby and will need to move your toddler out of the crib to make room for his new brother or sister, you should try to move your toddler at least a couple of months before the new baby is due. This will help prevent your toddler from seeing his new brother or sister as the reason that he lost his old bed.
Some things that you can do to make the transition into a toddler bed easier can include:
– If possible, let your toddler pick out the bed and/or the sheets and other bedding.
– Start out with naps in the toddler bed, but nighttime sleeping in the crib.
– Put up the toddler bed in the same place that the crib was in.
– Maintain consistency; keep the same bedtime routine with the toddler bed as you did with the crib.