When is it time to move my Toddler to a bed?

Yesterday, a client asked a great question and it is one that comes up a lot,
When is it time to move my toddler to a bed?

If you are anything like me, I cringed at the thought. Moving my son from the crib to a bed changed life the way knew it, FOREVER!!!

I now spend my nights ushering my son back and forth to his new bed, taking my position on his floor, till he drifts off….Just to have him wake up 5 minutes later when the heat turns on or I snap our gate closed :( Granted, it has only been a week, but life as I know it will never be the same.

The usual age to move your toddler to a bed is between 18 month to 2 years of age. There are certain signs you want to look for to see when the time is right and to make the move before your child accidentally falls out of the crib while trying to climb out.

The 3 signs to look for are :

  • Trying to lift a leg up to the crib rail. This is the first sign you will notice if your child is trying to climb out of the crib.
  • Once your child reached 3 feet in height, it is time for the transition to a toddler bed.
  • Leaning over the side of the crib.

Moving to a toddler bed can be stressful for many children and it is a significant milestone in their development.

Some tips to ease the transition to a toddler bed include:

  • let him be involved in picking out the new bed and if possible, let her pick out some new bedding with her favorite characters on it and then put these on her new bed.
  • put the new bed in her room for a few months to help him get used to it(if this is possible, once your child can get out of his crib, it’s too late)
  • start his bedtime routine in his new toddler bed and then, if he wants, move him to his crib when he is finally ready to go to sleep.
  • let him take his daytime naps in the toddler bed
  • take as many things from his crib and continue to use them in his bed and as part of his bedtime routine
  • let him sleep on the crib mattress on the floor for a few nights
  • move the new bed into the position in the room that her crib was in, but you would likely have to take her crib down first

If you are expecting another child, it is a good idea to begin transitioning your toddler to a bed a few months before the new baby’s arrival.

It is also important to make sure your stair gate and all doors are shut and secured at night, once your child is in a bed and can get up and around by himself.