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5 Ways To Keep Your Toddler In Their Bed

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

How to Keep Your Toddler in Bed

My son has pretty much grown out of his crib. It seems as though he is trying so hard to tell us that he is ready for a big-boy bed. He is only 16 months old and we are trying to keep him in his crib as long as possible. The biggest concern for us is the fact that if we move him to a toddler bed, he can get out whenever he wants to. Here are some helpful ways to make the transition from the crib to the toddler bed, and to keep you toddler in bed all night long.

1. When? Many parents wonder when the right time is to make the transition from the crib to the toddler bed. The majority of children make the switch between the ages of 1 1/2 and 3 1/2. Some children aren’t ready to make the switch at such an early age. If this is the case with your child, you may want to try using the toddler bed when your child is around 3. One of the best signs that it’s time to switch is when you child is too big or too active to sleep in a crib. Also, once you’ve gone through the potty-training stage, your child will need to get out of bed to use the bathroom.

2. Safety. Many parents make the switch to a toddler bed in fear that their child will start climbing out of their crib. This can be a huge safety concern. However, don’t make any decision too soon. Even if your child is climbing out of his or her crib, they may not be ready for a “big boy” or “big girl” bed yet. If you are worried about safety but don’t think your child is ready to make the transition, make sure that the mattress is on the lowest setting.

3. Another one on the way. Many parents make the switch to a toddler bed before the arrival of another baby. This is fine to do but, you need to start the transition at least six to eight weeks before your due date. You can’t expect your toddler to come to grips with a whole new sleeping arrangement in only a matter of a few days.

4. Your child. Keep in mind that every child makes the transition from crib to toddler bed differently. Some children ease in nicely while others have an extremely difficult time. Take the time to talk to your child about what is happening. Children are much smarter than they get credit for. Let them be part of the process. Let them help you pick it out. Get them excited about something new.

5. Try it out. If your child has a really hard time transitioning to a toddler bed at first, don’t give up. Make sure you talk to them about what is happening. Take time to make sure that they understand. Children have a much harder time accepting things that they don’t understand. Don’t be afraid to pull out the crib again and try it again later. Make sure you at least try it for a couple of days though. When you put your child in bed, sit with them and make sure they know that this is their “new big boy bed.” They also need to make sure that they need to stay in the bed until they fall asleep…they aren’t allowed to get out and play with the toys in their room. Don’t give up immediately, try it out.

Moving your child from a crib to a toddler bed can be extremely difficult. The first step is to make sure that they are ready. Be sure to talk to them to help them understand what is going on. Talking to your child will help ease the transition. Also, make it exciting. Let them help. They will be more excited about something that is fun, rather than something that may seem scary.

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