Making children move from sleeping on a crib to a child’s bed is a task most parents find challenging. While there’s no definite age when children should vacate the crib, many reasons propel them to make the switch earlier. Whether it’s to make room for a new baby or to simple prepare for new freedom, all children will eventually have to make the transition.
Here are some useful tips to make the step easier:
Allow your child to have choices
There are bed options that make the change appear less drastic to toddlers. For example, a convertible crib that turns into a toddler bed by removing the front panel may be a good choice. You can also put guard rails on the sides of the new bed or a mattress on the floor. Also, let them choose the decorations, such as new bed linens, pillowcases, sheet sets, and other bedding accessories.
Let the bedtime routine stay the same
Mixing up the bedtime routine your child is used to would only cause confusion. You want to make the transition smoother, so it’s only logical to keep things the same, apart from the bed switch. If possible, put the toddler bed on the same spot where the crib was. If reading books before bedtime is a tried-and-tested formula, keep doing it even with the new setup.
Don’t let your child feel left out
Add an extra dose of TLC if your kid is vacating the crib to make way for a new baby. One way to make children not feel they’re being replaced is by getting the new bed ready before the new baby arrives. Tell them to practice napping on the new bed to make them feel more comfortable. Also, make the change more exciting by bringing your child with you when you go shopping for bed, bed linens, and new sheets.
Praise your children for their efforts
If your child is making progress with the switch, shower them with praises. You can also keep a sticker chart to control your child’s roaming habit. Present a sticker for each night they stay in their bed. Then, by the end of the week, give them a special treat. It can be an extra story during bed time or a meal filled with their favourites.