When your kids are young, they will go through a lot of big transitions in just a few short years. Depending on the temperament of your child, these changes and transitions may be easy to adjust to or they could really set your child back for a while. Either way, it’s best for you and your child if you’re prepared for rough transitions even before they occur.
One big transition that your child will have to make is moving from a crib or toddler bed to a big kid bed. And because sleep is so important, it’s wise to try to make this transition go off as seamlessly as possible.
To help you with this, here are three tips for transitioning your toddler into a big kid bed.
Pick The Right Bed
Having the right bed for your toddler can make this move so much easier for your child to manage. Without the right bed, you might find that your toddler doesn’t feel comfortable in their bed and is less likely to have an easy time falling asleep or staying asleep. This could mean that you will have a late-night visitor that you’d likely rather not see until the morning.
According to What To Expect, you and your toddler should look for a bed that’s sturdy, low off the floor, and has a mattress that fits it perfectly. Additionally, if you’re worried about your toddler falling out of bed, you may also want to get some rails to help protect him or her.
Make It Fun And Exciting
Once you’ve found the right bed to bring into your toddler’s room, everything you do now should be about making this experience fun and exciting for your toddler so they’ll want to make this transition and won’t be scared.
To do this, Teresa Pitman, a contributor to Today’s Parent, suggests that you work with your toddler to rearrange their room and decide where the best place will be to put their new bed. Also, you could also make a trip to the store to have your toddler pick out some new bedding, pillows, or a stuffed animal to share their bed with.
Set Some New Rules
On your toddler’s first night in their new bed, Louisa Fitzgerald, a contributor to Very Well Family, recommends that you spend some time talking with your toddler about the rules and expectations you have for them now that they’re in a big kid bed. One of these rules should include staying in their bed until the morning.
If you’re planning to transition your toddler into a big kid bed soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help make this move go off without a hitch.