Do you want to transfer your child from the crib to the bed but do not know how to do it right? Follow these tips and you can do it faster than you think.
Going from crib to bed can be a huge milestone for your toddler. Keep in mind that there is no set age for this movement, what you will have to look at is whether or not your baby is really ready to begin with this transition. If the time has come for you to transfer your child to the crib bed, follow these tips to make it a success.
DON’T BE IN A HURRY
If your child sleeps well in his crib and there is no danger that he will jump over it, then do not be in a hurry to change him when he is comfortable sleeping there. Your child will continue to sleep in a safe environment and the fact that he sleeps longer in his crib does not imply that there are developmental problems in the future.
You can wait to transition from crib to bed until your child begins to show signs of wanting to get out of the crib. You can also wait until your child knows to go to the toilet without a diaper because he may also be prepared to sleep in a bed.
DON’T TRANSITION IN TIMES OF STRESS
Just like when you start the transition period for them to start going to the bathroom or other potentially difficult transition, timing is everything, but always without rushing and respecting their ability. If you have moved, are going through a divorce, your child is ill or for any other reason, then the best option may be to wait to make the transition from crib to bed, when things are calmer.
While many parents feel pressured to make the change from crib to bed (when another baby is on the way and the crib will be needed), it needs to be done in good time so that the transition does not coincide with the chaos of the arrival of a new baby home. The best time in this case is to do it when the woman is pregnant in the first trimester.
CHOOSE A SUITABLE BED
If you chose an evolving crib there will not be much problem because the crib will become a bed and the transition will be easier as it is the same piece of furniture. If you choose a new bed, you will need to make sure that your young child has easy access to the bed. It will also have to be durable and close to the ground to avoid injury if it falls, or failing that, put up a protective barrier to prevent it from falling if it moves too much. The bed should be sturdy.
A good idea is for your child to also choose the bed in which he wants to sleep. The more involved you are in the mechanics of the transition, the more likely you are to cooperate in the change, in fact, the more you can feel motivated to do so. Choose some beds that you think may be good ideas for your child and from those selected by you, choose one (make sure they are good options). You will have to do the same with the bedding, let her choose the bedding that she likes the most.
IT ALLOWS HIM TO HAVE TOYS THAT HE ALREADY KNOWS OR THAT HE HAD IN HIS CRIB
If he has blankets or figures of attachment, allow him to use them in his new bed as well. Do not be in a hurry to stop using your attachment dolls, for that there will be time later. Now to facilitate the transition from the crib to the bed it is a good idea that you allow him to have them with him every night, to sleep with them as he did in his crib. This way you will have a greater sense of security , essential to have a successful change.
START WITH NAPS FIRST
If your child seems interested in the idea of moving from crib to bed, then go straight for it. Lay down the bed and watch him go to it. Although if your child seems insecure about the change, you can try the first few days to nap in the new bed and sleep at night in his crib. When you see that he sleeps well and without problems in his bed, then he will be able to sleep in his crib both during naps during the day and at night.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.