Switching from Crib to Bed
Your little one is growing up. Is it time to switch him from his crib to a bed of his own? If so, how do you help him make that transition safely and easily?
Most kids make the transition from crib to bed between the ages of 1 ½ and 3 ½ years of age. The development level of each child will vary, and kids should not move from crib to bed until they are ready to do so. Factors to consider when deciding if it’s time to make the big move: does your little one fit comfortably in his crib or is he getting too big for it: Is he an active sleeper? Is he potty trained?
Once you’ve decided it’s time for the change, as a parent or nanny, here are some tips for making the transition as smooth as possible.
- Make a fuss over him for becoming “soooo big” and getting his own “real bed”, instill in him a sense of pride for this accomplishment
- Let him help pick out his new bed
- Install bumpers or guardrails on the bed and leave them in place until he gets used to sleeping on the bed
- Place the bed where the crib used to be so he can sleep in the same location as always (even though on a different surface)
- Let him take crib bedding to bed with him for the comfort of the familiar
- For the first few weeks, focus extra attention on him each night leading up to going to bed, and make sure to cuddle with him in bed for a while as you read a bedtime story to him
By following these tips, you can time and manage your little one’s switch from crib to bed.
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