Later we revisited the topic when our daughter was closer to 2 years old. We went out on the hunt for a toddler bed, after discovering that bunk beds weren't right for us yet, although that's what we would ultimately like to have for the children's room, since they will be sharing a room. The next best option would be a toddler bed cause we were sure she wasn't ready to lay in a bed with no rails. We were astounded at the wide range of comfortable beds available. After narrowing down a few different styles to something we both could agree on we went ahead and purchased it. We probably should have had our toddler involved with the decision making process, but we also wanted to unveil it as a surprise.
We got home that evening with this box that said some assembly required. While getting it assembled, our daughter was all over it. Wanted to lay on it before it was finished or even had a mattress on it. After the mattress was on it, she laid on it immediately and we thought that she was completely ready to transition that night. We made up the bed and tucked her in that night.
|First night in toddler bed|
|Middle of the night routine a few weeks later|
There are no hard and fast rules to follow when it comes to transitioning from a crib to bed. Here are a few guidelines that will help you know when it is time.
- When the child is too big for the crib
- Child no longer sleeps well in crib
- Child is between the ages of 1.5 and 3.5 years old
- Child is too active to sleep in crib
- New brother or sister is on the way
- Child seems ready
Some tips to make the transition from crib to bed smooth:
- Place the new bed in the same place as the crib
- Allow child to help pick out their new big bed
- Pick out new sheet sets with your child
- Pick out a toddler bed before going to a big kids bed
Do you have any tips to add? When did you transition your toddler to a big kids bed?
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