Is My Toddler Ready To Sleep In A Bed?

Some toddlers may sleep better in a crib up to the age of three, according to a study published by Reuters. However, official advice from is that anytime between 18 months and three years is the right time to move your child into a bed. This conflicting information may leave you scratching your head about what to do. But follow the below tips and you’ll be able to make the right decision for you and your youngster.

What to look out for 

There are a few signs that indicate it’s the right time to move your toddler from their crib to a bed. The first is that they constantly attempt to climb out of their crib. The second is that they successfully manage to get out of their crib unassisted. Two-thirds of crib-related injuries happen when a child climbs or falls out of their crib, according to a study in Pediatrics. You should also move your toddler out of their crib if they’re too big for it. Crib regulations state that children should stop using cribs when they reach 35-inches in height. Your toddler may also start asking if they can sleep in a ‘big bed’. This is a big indicator that they are ready for this next step and that it’s likely to be a success.

The big move

Some parents have their toddler’s bed and their crib in their child’s bedroom for a few days or weeks to give their toddler a chance to get used to their new sleeping arrangements. Others prefer to go for a straight switch. Your child is much more likely to adapt to this change if they have some involvement in it. Toddler beds come in all shapes and sizes, including cars, pirate ships, and princess carriages. Your child could help you choose what bedding they want for their new sleep space too. You also need to be prepared for a few night’s of poor sleep. Your toddler is likely to be excited and this big change may interrupt their sleep pattern for a short while.

Adopt a good routine 

Routine is crucial for children as it gives them stability. Studies have also found that toddlers with a good bedtime routine sleep better and have improved emotional-behavioral regulation. If you don’t already have a good bedtime routine in place for your toddler, their new bed is the perfect time to introduce one. The routine should consist of things such as having a bath, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, reading a book, and dimming the lights. When your toddler first moves into their new bed, they’re likely to climb out of it and try to follow you out of the room. Simply put them back to bed, say ‘goodnight’ and leave the room. You may have to repeat this several times and over multiple nights before your child stops.

There’s no right age to move a toddler from a crib to a bed. Instead, you need to look out for the tell-tale signs and do all you can to make the transition as easy and smooth as possible.

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