Moving your child into a big bed is a task parents both eagerly anticipate and dread. The big bed is a sure sign your child is growing up, but it is also a sign of future struggles with midnight ramblings, difficult bedtimes, and other nightmares parents hear about from their friends and family members. Moving your child into a toddler or full sized bed is definitely a big deal, but it shouldn’t be an ordeal.
The Right Timing
If there is anything causing your toddler upheaval, such as a new home, a baby either on the way or newly arrived, or a major trip, skip the move until a later date. The worst time to change beds is right before a new baby arrives. Toddlers are astute enough to realize that the new baby is sleeping in the crib they were just removed from, and that is one more reason to protest the baby’s arrival.
Moving for a Sibling
Or if your child simply isn’t ready to stay put at night in a big bed, make the switch after the baby arrives. Put the baby to sleep in a bassinet at night for the first few months. During this time, wait for your child to be ready to move into a big bed. After he moves, leave the crib in his room empty for a time before asking if baby sister can use it since he’s finished. If he says no, leave it a few more days and try again. A bit of positive reinforcement and perhaps a Big Brother treat of some kind will help him give the crib away making the switch relatively drama free.
Making the Switch
Every night ask where your child wants to sleep. Make the big boy bed enticing with special sheets and pillows, and eventually he’ll make the right choice. Then, put him to bed and ready yourself for a rough night.
Your toddler will likely sleep reasonably well. He might have one or two wake-ups that need your reassurance and maybe a bit or milk or water. You, however, will spend most of the night anticipating him falling out of bed or wandering around the house getting into trouble. Many parents making the switch to the big bed will sleep in the same room or just outside the door, but it is better to let your child practice sleeping the way he will continue to sleep going forward. Just be ready to get into his room when he needs you during this transition.
The first week will be rough, but sooner than you think your child will be sleeping peacefully in his bed every night and you’ll have to start worrying about the next big toddler transition – potty training.
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