5 Things To Know Before Moving Your Toddler From Crib To Bed

5 Things To Know Before Moving Your Toddler From Crib To Bed

19 Oct 2022 | 3 min Read

Reema Shah

Author | 740 Articles

Moving your little one from crib to bed is another milestone in your toddler’s life. While there is no set age for this move, you will have to follow your toddler’s lead such as when they express interest or need to get to the toilet or climb out of the crib. Plus, if you have a new baby who needs the crib it’s time to make that transition. Here are five things you should keep in mind when moving toddlers from crib to toddler bed.

5 Things To Consider When Transitioning From Crib To Bed

1. Avoid Moving During During A Stressful Time

If your child is coping with a recent illness, move or divorce, you can try moving from crib to bed at a later time when things are better.

While most parents feel pressured to make the move when a baby who will need the crib is on the way, give your toddler some time for adjustment before the baby comes home. You can start a few months after the baby has arrived while using a bassinet for the newborn at first.

2. Pick the Right Toddler Bed

If you have purchased a convertible crib, picking a new bed for your little one is no worry. You may find the transition easier since it’s the same piece of furniture.

Pick a bed that is durable and low to the ground to prevent injuries in case your child falls out. Don’t opt for bunk beds until your child gets older. You may sit and bounce on an assembled bed to test its durability if possible. 

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Transitioning from crib to bed for a toddler must be done slowly and gradually once they are ready / Image credit – Canva

3. Allow Your Toddler To Choose the Bed

If you’re choosing a new bed, let your toddler share his/her opinion after you’ve narrowed the choices. Your toddler will pass this milestone with the awareness that they are doing something wonderful. 

Plus, involving them before moving from crib to toddler bed will more likely make them cooperate and handle the move well. Check out the beds in person, if it’s possible and let your little one choose their favourite.

4. Let Your Toddler Pick The Bedding

If not the bed, you can let your toddler choose what goes on the bed. Let them select the sheets and a new blanket so they feel ownership and involvement in the process.

If possible, pick up at least two sets so that you have a backup for any accidents or for the times when dirty sheets are waiting in the dirty laundry basket for routine cleaning.

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Let your toddler keep their old stuffed toys while transitioning from crib to toddler bed / Image credit – Canva

5. Let Them Keep Old Comfort Objects

Other than the new sheets and blankets, let your little one keep anything that they use for comfort and self-soothing. It could be stuffed toys or special blankets they sleep with regularly in the crib. 

A crib helps to keep your baby safe when they are asleep or playing. It also keeps them from wandering around the house and reaching into places they shouldn’t be. However, your toddler will eventually outgrow their crib and start climbing. That’s when the time comes to move them from the crib to the toddler bed.

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