Friday, October 28, 2011

Toddler Beds

When Should I Move My Child Into a Toddler Beds?

By Sherrie Le Masurier

Knowing when is the right time to move their child into a toddler beds can be hard. If you’re one of those parents who just aren’t sure if your child is ready to make the transition from a crib to a toddler bed please read on.

The following indicators should help you decide whether your child is ready for a toddler beds or if she should stay in her crib a little while longer.

First off there are no hard and fast rules on when a child will be ready to make the switch or even how old a child needs to be. It really comes down to the individual child and how she uses her crib and whether or not you have another baby on the way.

One of the first indicators or shall I say, warning signs that your child has outgrown her crib is when she starts showing signs of climbing or trying to jump out. Here safety comes into play. The last thing you want to do is to delay making the transition to a toddler beds when safety is a concern.

This was the case with my son, who was active from day one. If he wasn’t jumping, he was climbing. His time in his crib was short-lived whereas his sister, who was born first, remained in her crib for at least 18 months.

Height is another good indicator that your child is ready for a toddler beds. If your child is tall enough that she could topple out of her crib if she stands up and loses her balance then you’ve got another safety concern.

If your motivation to move your child from crib to toddler beds stems from the pending arrival of a new baby brother or sister then you’ll want to make the transition well in advance of the due date.

Giving your child time to adjust to his new toddler bed is really important when you have a new baby on the way. The last thing you want is for your child to feel that she has leave so her little brother or sister can have her bed.

Leaving the security of a crib can be difficult for some children. Making the transition to a toddler beds may take days or weeks. Every child is different and rushing the process could result in everyone losing sleep and being on edge, which is the last thing you want if you’re pregnant or are exhausted from caring for a newborn.

If transitioning your child to her new toddler beds is taking longer than you’d like, see about either borrowing a cradle or bassinet or leaving your newborn in one a little while longer while your older child adjusts to her new toddler beds. Quite possibly feeling like a ‘big sister’ or ‘big brother’ and actually wanting a ‘big kid’ bed may take a little more time. No longer being the baby in the family can be a real adjustment for some kids.

Whether there’s a new sibling on the way or not, making the transition from crib to toddler bed can be turned into a positive experience and one that boosts self esteem as being able to get in and out of bed unassisted aids independence.

Seeking your child’s input on the style of her toddler bed is also a great idea. Imagine the fun your little girl would have playing make believe in a bedroom with a princess or canopy toddler bed? And what little boy wouldn’t love drifting off into dreamland in a car, boat, train or fire engine toddler beds?

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