Going from the Crib to Toddler Bed
by Ben Wakeling
Young children go through many milestones and as they grow up one of the biggest ones is recognizing when they are ready to move from a crib to a bed.
There will inevitably come a point when your child will grow too big for his crib, and you have to make the transition to a bed. You’ll be able to tell when this is by simply observing your little one when he or she is in the cot. If he’s unable to stretch out, so big he fills the mattress and cannot move, or is telling you in a low voice that he’s 15 years old now and could really do with a bed, then it’s time to dismantle the cot and start the arduous trek around Ikea.
I’m kidding, obviously. But there are a few pointers to look out for to give you an idea as to whether or not it’s time to make the change. If your little one is able to climb the sides of the cot, or is bashing limbs whilst asleep and waking himself up, it’s time to move to a bed. There’s no set age by which your son or daughter must be in a bed – it’s different for everyone – so don’t worry if you haven’t made the switch whilst every other parent you know has.
Moving from a crib to a bed can be a big deal for the child involved, and so it is important that you time it right. Make sure you avoid making the switch when your child is unwell or going through a period of change, such as when a new brother or sister arrives on the scene. Instead, get them as heavily involved as possible: choosing bedsheets, for example, no matter how garish or cheesy they might be. It is also a good idea to position your child’s new bed in the same spot that his cot used to be, to make the transition all the more smooth.
A suggestion that takes a bit more time and organization is to throw a ‘big kid’s bed’ party, where your son or daughter’s friends and family come over to get collectively excited about the new bed. What you’ll often find, though, is that your kid is so excited about having a new bed that everyone who enters your house will immediately be dragged upstairs to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the new arrival, complete with Spiderman bedsheets – therefore, no need for all the hassle of a party!
Before you know it, your child will be feeling like a ‘big boy/girl’, and will love the feeling of maturity that having a bed brings. Plus, you get to look forward to being woken up in the middle of the night by the crumpling thud of a child falling out of bed.
As well as being a big deal for your child, the transition from a crib to a bed is a big deal for you, too. It’s a sure sign that your child is growing up fast, and a reminder that you should treasure every moment, especially considering the grumpy acne-ridden teenage years will soon be upon you.
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