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When to transition to Toddler Bed

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Introduction

Moving your child from a crib to a toddler bed is a big moment for both parents and the child. However, transitioning isn’t as simple as buying a new bed and moving your child to her new bed. The most important thing is the readiness of your child. In fact, moving from the cot to a toddler bed too early can even cause sleep problems – and getting her a new bed wouldn’t be the solution either. 

We need to make the transition process as smooth and as comfortable as possible for our child. But we shouldn’t worry if it takes longer for some toddlers, because after all, they will eventually move to a bigger bed. 

To help you have clear ideas about transitioning your child to a toddler bed, here we share our best tips to help you go through this important phase of your child’s life.

When to transition your child to toddler bed?

According to the NHS, most transitions can happen between 18 months and 3 years old. But age is just a number, and shouldn’t be the main focus of your child’s readiness. So, when is your child ready?

Physical signs

Physical growth is the easiest way to check if your child is ready for her next big step. When your child already looks like they’ve outgrown their cot – they look a lot taller than the rail of the crib – you know that it’s time to prepare her to move to a new bed. Most transitions can happen when a child is around 3 feet tall, but that still depends on their physical ability. 

Another physical sign that needs to be considered is if your child can already climb their cot on their own. If so, keeping your child on her cot would not only be pointless, but also can present risks of accidents. 

Self control

Moving to a toddler bed from a cot also means more freedom for a toddler. Now they can climb in and out whenever they want and as often as they want. Therefore, it’s essential not to rush the transitioning process and let your child establish a good sleep routine and learn good self control. We know that self control is a learned behaviour, so you can teach them a good nap and bedtime routine before fully transitioning her to her new bed. 

Remember. No need to rush. Because eventually they’ll move to a big bed anyway.

Having a new sibling

Some parents start thinking of transitioning their little one into a toddler bed when there’s an upcoming pregnancy. While this may be a logical decision from a financial perspective, it can create a bad impression for your child as if he’s being replaced or pushed aside.  

But it doesn’t mean that you should not transition your first child when the second child is coming. It can still work wonders if you do it right. One of the ideas can be introducing a new bed long before the new baby is born, and give your older toddler some time to get used to their new bed.

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How to transition your child to a toddler bed?

Remember, moving to a new bed will not improve a sleep problem. If your child is struggling to sleep, it’s important to find the root of the problem before moving them to the new bed. You can also visit a paediatrician for a medical perspective. 

Patience is key when transitioning your child. Keep in mind that the most important thing is the process should feel as comfortable as possible, not the result. 

Here are some ways you can ease your child’s transition to a toddler bed

Get them used to the idea of a bigger bed

Instead of directly moving them to sleep in the toddler bed once the package arrives, try to introduce them slowly. This can be done by talking about it, encouraging them that it’s a sign of their growth and as something they can be proud of. Furthermore, you can also start by letting them nap on the new bed, or just simply invite them to play on the new bed or listen to your stories there. 

Be creative when finding ideas and anything that will help your child get used to the new bed. 

Let her lead

Toddlers can be proud of their transition if they feel that it’s their decision, not parents. Vice versa, they can feel ‘being forced’ if parents are too pushy about moving to the new bed. As long as your child sleeps comfortably on the crib, there’s nothing to hurry about. 

Another way to let them feel like it’s their own decision is to make them decide the kind of bed and bedding that they like. You can also invite them to decorate the bed according to their imagination – this can also develop creativity! Let them name their bed if need be. 

Ensuring safety

Safety is the most important thing to consider when buying a toddler bed. However, these safety features aren’t only to keep them away from accidents, but also make your little one feel safe in their new bed. Also, try to recognise your child’s preference; some toddlers aren’t a comfortable mid-sleeper and would feel unsafe if they’re sleeping in a high position. 

Remove distraction

Toddlers are often easily distracted. While it’s fun as a day activity, it’s essential to remove all distractions in her bedroom so that they can go to sleep early. It can be toys, dolls, and books – anything that can make them stay awake!

Besides that, also teach them self control before fully moving to the new bed to also develop independence in your little one. 

Be supportive

Sometimes, what we often forget as parents is to be supportive. Sure, we all support our little one. But we need to show it so that they don’t feel alone and feel encouraged about the transition. 

Try to address your child’s needs, and keep them company before they get used to the new bed. Reading night stories is one good example, but parents can find a lot of other creative things to do with childs to make them happy and excited.

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Our child will eventually sleep in a bigger bed. So, keep in mind that everything that happens when your child is just transitioning to her bigger bed will eventually pass. At the end of the day, it’s us that will miss those moments of our child’s childhood, so cherish the moment while it lasts!

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The author: Jose Martinez

Hi there! My name is Jose, and I’m a proud dad to a beautiful 4 year old. As a parent, I know firsthand how overwhelming it can be to navigate the world of parenting and child-rearing. There are so many choices to make, from the foods we feed our little ones to the toys we buy them to the clothes they wear. But one thing that’s always been important to me is finding the best products available for my child.

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