Saturday, March 30, 2013

Moving From Crib to Bed: 5 Tips for Making Your Toddler's Transition Smooth

Maybe you've noticed your "baby" isn't so little anymore. Or maybe you've caught your toddler climbing out of the crib. Whatever the reason, you've decided now is the right time to move your toddler from the crib to a bed.

It's a big change, but here are 5 tips for making this transition a smooth one:

Talk about the switch from crib to bed days in advance: Using simple language, explain to your toddler that s/he will have a new bed soon. This is also a great time to talk about the advantages of getting a bed and to discuss the new rules that come with a bed.

Put the new bed in the same place the crib was at in the room:  Whether you decide on a twin bed or a toddler bed, place it in the same spot the crib was in. This will keep your toddler's vantage point in the bed the same as it was in the crib, creating one less distraction for your child as s/he adjusts to sleeping in a "big kid" bed.

Let your toddler try it out during nap time first: A new bed can be exciting! Sometimes it may even seem a bit scary. Introducing the new bed at nap time can be a great way to get your toddler used to it before bedtime. Because it's still light outside, a new bed may seem a little less intimidating to try out during nap time.

Follow the same bedtime routine: You want your toddler to understand clearly that the new bed is for sleeping, so stick to the same bedtime routine you always follow when putting your child to bed.

If your toddler gets out of bed, put him/her back in bed without much of a reaction: Having the freedom to easily get in and out of bed can be a big temptation for a small child. Don't be surprised if your little one gets out of bed a few times while adjusting to the new bed. Just make sure to keep your reaction to a minimum. If you get too dramatic, your toddler may enjoy your reaction and continue to get out of bed simply to see what you'll do next. Usually a simple "It's bedtime", followed by putting the child back in bed is the only response needed to cure this situation.

By following the simple tips above, you can make your toddler's transition from crib to bed a pleasant and smooth one!

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