There’s no quick and easy time to transition your toddler from crib to a toddler bed because every child is different. Some parents start thinking about transitioning when their child is around 18 months old, but experts recommend not to switch until the child is crawling out of their crib. Whatever the case may be, here are some tips to help with the transitioning process.
Patience is key
There’s a good chance that this transition may not go as smooth as you may like, especially if you have a wanderer on your hands. If your little one keeps getting up, be patient and calmly walk your child back to their bed. This transition may take awhile until they get the hint, but eventually they’ll tire out.
Give them lots of praise
It’s important to give your child positive reinforcement when they do something good. You can reward them each time they stay in bed by giving them a sticker to put on a chart and if they get a certain amount of stickers they can receive a special surprise.
Go slow and ease into it
Toddlers don’t do well with change, so they may need some extra love to get them through this stage. If you’re prepping for a new baby and your little one will be giving up their precious bed, go as slow as possible. Don’t set a time limit for when you want your tot in their new bed because things may not go as planned.
Let them have a say
Even though you’ll make the final decision, get their input and see what kind of bed your child likes. If you’ve bought a crib that turns into a toddler bed with the removal of the front panel, this can make the whole change seem less drastic to your child. If you need to buy a toddler or twin bed, ask your little one to help pick the sheets.
Don’t change the bedtime routine
If you’ve changed the bed, don’t give your child too much change in one period of time. Keep their bedtime routine the same, along with keeping the bed in the same area. If you start mixing up bedtimes, this will mix them up completely. Consistency is key during this time.
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