Bed Vs Crib….

1st Apr 2017

The first question you need to ask yourself is ‘why am I making the transition?” If the answer is to save money on another crib, the headache that may cause if you do it too early may not be worth the savings. More often than not, parents will push their children to a ‘big bed’ at 18 months because a little brother or sister is coming. This is not a great reason at this age. If your child is sleeping great in the crib, leave them. Why should you need to rush? When a child is 3 or under, there is a world of danger in the night and a big kid bed makes those dangers now within arms reach. They may get out of bed; loose their footing and fall down the stairs. Will they start getting out of bed to come visit you, just because they can? Do you want them creeping around the house? If you think about these questions, you can now see where I am going with this. Keep them in the crib as long as possible, for their own safety.

Whatever the reason, you need to be sure that your child is ready to take this step and I have a few helpful hints to help make the transition easier and go smoother. What you also need to keep in mind is, are YOU ready for this transition also, as it’s going to take up a lot of your time.

When you shouldn’t make the change – If you have a vacation coming up or if your moving house in the next month then I always say you should wait. Like I said, this is going to take sometime for your child to get used to so you don’t want to make too many changes at once as this is going to work against you.

Now, if you have decided this is the right time for your family then be sure you get your child involved as much as possible. Take them along to choose a bed and the bedding. Let them help you make the bed. The more positive interaction they have around the bed, the smoother you’ll make the transition. I have had parents contact me for help with this transition and sometimes the child handles the change well and will have only minor issues, but others can be a little more challenging. You just have to be prepared. By this, I mean with consequences for behavior that is not acceptable and rewards for good behavior. To help them know when morning time is, I always recommend the OK To Wake clock. You can buy this at hardly any cost from Amazon.

 

Remember, this is going to take time and if they do come into your room at 2am or 5am, just calmly walk them back to bed and explain to them why it is important to stay in their own bed until their clock tells them it’s morning time.

Patience is key!! Happy Transitioning!!