What to Know When Transitioning Your Child to a Toddler Bed

What to Know When Transitioning Your Child to a Toddler Bed

Congratulations! Your child moving to a toddler bed is a huge step. Read on to learn some things any new mom needs to know before making the transition.

By the time your child is around two years old, he will probably be ready to graduate to a toddler or big kid bed. It will most likely be one of his first big-kid moves to independence - good for him!
At this point, your child may be tall enough to lift his legs up and over the sides of a cot, so making the switch is a good idea for his development and best for his safety.
Making the move to a toddler bed is a big one, and there are definitely some factors to keep in mind before doing so. Remember, no longer being in a crib means that your child now has easy access to his room and the house in a way he never had before.
That would make any child a little curious!
Before making the big move to a toddler bed, keep the following safety concerns in mind.

Avoid Sleepy-time Hazards

Sleepy (or mischievous) children can get into trouble if they try to wander around the house unsupervised at night. In order to sidestep this potential issue, try putting a bell on your child’s door so you’ll hear him if he tries to wander.

Put all Toys Away

Your child doesn’t have to leave his room to get into trouble - he’s probably tempted enough as it is right in his very own space. Make sure you safely remove any toys or objects that could break or are a potential choking hazard before you put your child to sleep. Also do a quick sweep of the floor to remove anything that could trip up your child if he does get out of bed in the dark.

Place the bed Properly

A toddler bed is much closer to the ground than a crib, but even so, it’s not a bad idea to keep the area around your child’s new bed cushioned, at least with a rug. Also, position it away from the window to avoid drafts or any dangling cords or curtains.
Once you have these safety precautions in place, it’s time to celebrate! Moving to a toddler bed is a big step, and it’s important you show your child how proud of him you are.
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Worries

8/23/2015

My child has always slept great in her crib and I am super worried about moving her to a toddler bed. Mainly because she can get out! My in laws put her on a very low bed at nap time and I am suprised she stays on it! She doesn't get up and try to play. Its hard knowing your children are growing up !

New twin beds

8/21/2015

Today we are going to look for beds for my twins. I just worry about the room when I get up in the morning. Will it be clean or stuff all over the place. LOL

sharing a room

8/17/2015

we put my 2 year old son's new bed in his sister's room since it was the room closest to ours. The foot of my daughters bed acts as a guard rail for my son leaving enough space for him to climb in and out. We just started yesterday and he hasn't climbed out...yet.

helpful

8/14/2015

i am terrified for this transition because im afraid my toddler wont stay in bed or fall out. this article is helpful. i hope i have many months before i have to make the transition. hes 15 months now.

Climber

8/13/2015

We just transitioned our crib to a toddler bed because my daughter was starting to climb her crib rails. The only issue we have this far is that she moves too much in her sleep and has fallen out of her tiddler bed a few time. How do you deal with this?

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