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What to Know When Transitioning Your Child to a Toddler Bed

What to Know When Transitioning Your Child to a Toddler Bed

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.

52 Comments

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Good Advice

4/30/2016
This gives some really good tips.

Good

4/4/2016
This is a great article. I loved how it gave the tips on when and what to do for transitioning your toddler to a toddler bed. But one i would love to really see, would be on how to get your toddler out of your bed and into their own.

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ms.davila 4/1/2016
Every good things to keep in mind ever helpful

Thank you

3/24/2016
The possibility of lo roaming the house at night is scary....the bell would make me feel much better about putter her in a toddler bed!

Great Tips

3/20/2016
I love the idea of putting a bell on the door!
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