Are you thinking about buying a toddler or twin bed for your munchkin? Maybe you are wondering when the right time to transition is or how you are going to get your child to transition smoothly? Here are some tips intended to make the transition easier for both you and your child.
Don't Make Your Child Grow Up To Quickly
There is no reason for you to rush to get your child from a crib to a toddler bed. In fact, it is not uncommon for a parent to go right from a crib to a twin bed because there isn't much of a size difference between a crib and toddler bed. This just means if your toddler is being transitioned because he or she is too big for the crib, the toddler bed is not going to stick around long before he or she is too big for it as well.
Purchase Some "Big Kid" Bedding
You can get your child excited by moving from their baby bad to their toddler bed by buying emphasis on the fact that they are growing up and becoming a "big kid". Purchasing new "big kid" bedding and even letting him or her help pick the bedding out can make all the difference in the world.
Your Child is Going to Fall
The unfortunate truth is your toddler will more than likely fall out of the bed. There is nothing you can do to avoid this as your child was used to being able to move around freely in his or her bed thanks to the railings. What you can do is place pillows or blankets along the flood by the bed. This way your child will have something soft to land on. You could also invest in safety rails intended to be use for a child that is just learning how to sleep in a "big kid" bed.
Wear Your Child Out Before Bed
It is going to help you a lot if your child is actually tired when you put him or her to bed. He or she will be more likely to lay down and go to sleep than having the urge to get up and play just because he or she has the freedom to do so. Wearing your child out to the point of almost being asleep will help.
If you are worried about your child falling and getting hurt, there is nothing wrong with putting the mattress you have purchased on the floor for the first few nights. This will give your child a chance to get used to the mattress and make any rolling off the bed less traumatic. Just keep these tips in mind and stay consistent. Before you know it, your child will sleep in his or her bed every night without a problem. Contact a local furniture store for more info.