Human beings are known to mature at different ages and children are not left out either, they are humans too– some mature early while others late, depending on your child ensure you get them a toddler bed at the right time. Do not be under any pressure to introduce the toddler bed just because your friend’s children of the same age as yours are using one already – all children are different in their development.
Different children will react differently to the move; some get stressed and hardly sleep, others cry endlessly into the night as they get acquainted with the new bed while the big percentage welcomes the mew bed with smiles and perfect sleep!
To make it easy, it is important to talk to your toddler as young as they are and communicate very clearly on the change you intend to make on their beds before you do the actual change, allow them to tag along as you shop for the new bed – this creates an atmosphere where the child feels involved and loved and will respond well to the new environment.
When Is The Right Time?
When we concentrate much on the age factor, we will miss the point. The whole point is to enjoy growing with our children and learn who they are early enough in life. Some parents have said 18 months, others 16 while others 24 months, this debate is best left to parents to decide when the best time to move their child is.
A clear indicator to move the child is when they can no longer fit in their crib or when they learn how to easily climb on and off the crib without the parent’s help. Climbing on and off becomes dangerous especially at night when the child decides to leave their bed without help and wander off in the house, they are in danger of fall or injury from the home appliances.
For a smooth transition for your toddler and yourself, try these great tips:
– Talk about the move from crib to the bed well in advance, use a simple language that the child will easily understand. This serves as a great opportunity to discuss new rules for the new bed that they are getting.
– Put the new bed in the same spot and room their crib was to help them keep their vantage point in the new bed as it was in their old crib. It also helps keep distractions away from your child’s sleep.
– Let them try out the new bed during nap time not their bed time to help absorb the excitement of a new bed and the features it comes with. Some features may not be well received and this short nap time allows the kid to adapt with the new bed.
– Use the same bedding that was in your child’s crib for the first few days until the child adjusts to the new bed. – Though they may not perfectly fit, use them still to bring comfort to the child. Once adjusted you can change to new beddings one by one.
– Stick to the same bedtime routine so that your toddler can understand that the new bed is for sleeping both during the nap time and sleeping time.
– Do not allow your toddler to play on the bed as this would develop a habit to climb off the bed during sleeping time. With the new bed that the child can personally climb on and off without the parents help, there is temptation for the child to start playing on the bed. Gently but firmly put your child back to bed without much reaction or drama.
– If a new baby is coming, remember to work with your toddler well before the baby arrives to create a sense of a loving environment for the toddler so they don’t end up feeling unwanted and insecure.
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Every parent understands their toddler better than anybody else, handle them personally during this time of the move to show them care and love. Practice climbing on and off in your presence until both of you are comfortable. It is important to go through the rules repeatedly until you are sure your toddler has understood and is set for their new toddler bed!