8 Tips on How To Transition To A Toddler Bed
Transitioning a baby from sleeping in a crib to a bed can be a challenging and stressful process. However, it is an inevitable experience that every toddler goes through as a stage of his/her growth. As a parent, I would love to share some of the useful tips below that have greatly helped me as I transitioned both of my kids.
ENSURE THE RIGHT TIMING
I transitioned both of my kids from the crib to a bed at different ages. My first child had about two years, and the other one was almost three years old. Going by my experience, I suggest that the best thing is to wait until the kid is ready but not rushing him/her for the transition.
I was always observant on my children’s reactions while on the crib. As soon as I saw them trying to climb out of the crib for some few days, it was my perfect indication that it’s transition time to a bed. It is dangerous for the kid to be flinging himself over the crib’s rails.
For a smooth transition, I always avoided shifting during some other significant changes, for instance, starting preschool, potty training, moving, etc. As kids grow, they are faced with various transitions which give them some pressure to grow up. Thus I decided to handle one thing at a time, to avoid bombarding my kids with many transitions all at once.
INVOLVE THE CHILD WHILE SHOPPING
Shifting the child from the safety of his/her crib to a bed which seems like a strange new world is a significant thing. I allowed my kid to actively participate in the transitioning process by giving him a chance to choose his favorite bed as well as new bedding.
Since I wanted my child to feel secure as well as safe, giving him the priority to select his bed that match his preferred appearance and feel gives him a lot of control needed over the situation.
ENSURE THE APPROPRIATE POSITIONING OF THE BED
Since consistency is always important especially while introducing transitions, I always ensured that I place the bed as close to my child’s crib as possible or preferably in the same area as the crib. I discovered that moving everything around was stressful for my kids.
Try to maintain the appearance of the room to ensure there is no any noticeable change. Some kids like to see the crib leave their room while others get upset when they look at the crib leave.
AVAIL ALL REQUIRED COMFORT ITEMS
Even if a child chooses a beautiful new bed as well as fabulous new bedding, most probably he will still need his old favorite comfort items. I made sure that I am armed with these items, including, a favorite stuffed animal, loveys, coveted toddler blankets, etc. to make a perfect transition.
The most important thing to ensure is that the child feels safe as well as secure in his new resting place. I suggest that you should allow him to select what completes his world.
TAKE APPROPRIATE SAFETY MEASURES
Even if one has been using a small kid bed for some time while or also converted the crib, transitioning to a bed is still challenging. Since I wanted to concentrate on my children’s safety, I invested in side rails to fit both sides of the bed. The rails ensured that my kid couldn’t accidentally get stuck between the wall and the bed.
Besides, I installed some nightlights to the room, since the change could cause the child to feel insecure usually at initial stages. Ensuring useful safety measure is essential because sometimes those babies that love crib suddenly turn and become fearful when they are transitioned to the bed. I suggest the use of soft, moderate, filtered light to help in decreasing their fears.
PREPARE AND STICK TO THE ROUTINE
Transitioning is not a new milestone to set a child-free and off balance. I ensured that I have a strictly followed bedtime routine schedule long before the crib to the bed transition period. I maintained the established routine, starting from my kids feeding time intervals, sleeping, etc.
I only changed the actual bed; everything else remained the same. I learned that maintaining the consistency ensured comfort and safety for my children. I didn’t even make any trip until my child had indeed, comfortably adjusted to the bed.
EFFECTIVELY CONTROL NAP TIME
With most kids, bedtime isn’t a problem, but when transitioning to a bed, taking naps to become a difficult task. Having a little time to take a nap during the day is very important. I used to have a clock in my child’s room, which I could set it to switch off after about one hour, thus alerting my kid of the limited rest time.
Sometimes when he was not sleeping at all, I was giving him a box which he would do quite many activities while on his bed or room. After continuously offering my child nap time usually at the same time daily, he gradually learned it, expected it, and moreover, he continued to slowly take it.
CONSOLE AND SHOW EMPATHY TO THE CHILD
Change is something fierce, even for grown-ups. My kids were becoming clingy and even cry more particularly during the adjustment. I used to show empathy and console them, explaining to them how I felt when I shifted to a bed. I would let them know that I understand their changes and promise to be there for them in the process.
Until Next Time,