July 19th, 2021
The change of sleeping place is one of the most significant milestones in a child's life. It can be tricky because it is difficult to decide whether your child is ready to move.
There are a lot of questions that you may have as parents during this phase like:
"why is it essential to move my child to a big kid's bed?,"
"when should I do it?",
"how to get my child ready, and the possible problems that you may face during the transition, how to do it and stay consistent?"
In this blog, I will address each of these questions to help you have a smooth transition.
When Should You Consider Moving Your Child Into A Big Kid Bed?
First and foremost, you should not make the mistake of moving the child to a big kid bed before the right time, which may hamper successful transition.
When you are considering making the change, do consider the following points before you go ahead with the transition:
As mentioned earlier, instead of making a sudden transition, it is better to observe your child and look for signs of readiness.
If your child is happy in the crib even when they are 3 or 4, and none of the things mentioned above happen, let them stay in the crib because a happy child is less gloomy and more rainbows 😊
Getting Ready To Move Your Child To A Big Kid's Bed
If you decide it is time for your child to move from a cot to a bed, it is necessary to take precautions to ensure that the bedroom is childproof.
Once the cot bars are out of the way, kids can get out of bed and wander around their bedrooms. Their rooms need to be "mobile toddler" ready.
To make sure you prevent any clumsy accidents, follow these safety measures:
Problems You Might Face While Moving Your Child From Cot To Big Kids' Bed
Has any change ever come without a bit of drama, and the world is falling apart tantrums? Well, if you foresee problems and prepare for it, you may experience little to no resistance.
How Can You Make The Transition Smooth For Your Child?
Do not move your toddler from a cot to a big kid's bed on a whim or overnight. It would be best to have a plan broken down into steps to make the change as smooth as possible.
Check out these tips and tricks to change that keep your child happy.
Have A Set Bedtime Ritual: Rain or shine, your toddler should be in bed at the same time every night. Children thrive on repetition and consistency. Having the same routine when your child was using the cot to transition them to the big kid bed takes away the fear of unpredictability.
Here is an example of what your bedtime ritual should look like:
You might deviate during holidays, guests visits, celebrations, but make sure to always bounce back to routine.
Make Your Child A Part Of The Transition Process: Your child should be a part of the transition process, allowing them to make decisions that affect them. It gives them ease if there are steps involved in the move, making them prepared and excited for the change.
Give them a choice: Giving your children the choice to pick their preference helps them feel empowered and make the process easier. Start with letting your child pick a bed (if possible) so that it gets them excited about the transition. While selecting a bed, do note the following points:
You can also involve your children by taking their help in choosing their kid-friendly bed accessories like bed sheets, pillowcases, 1-2 stuffed animals etc.
When You Are Packing Up The Cot, Involve Your Child: Do not try to surprise them by suddenly replacing their beloved cot with a new bed. You can use the transition as an opportunity to redecorate your kid's room together by:
Be Your Child's Biggest Cheerleader And Support
Positive and motivational words strengthen the areas in our brain's frontal lobes. When you give positive encouragement to your child, it propels their brains' motivational centres into action.
You can begin by telling your child how proud you are of them for being ready for this significant change.
Toddlers love it when parents create a fuss over their new milestones.
Make plans with them on when to set up the new bed in their rooms while they still have the cot.
They will get excited over their new grown-up beds if parents share their excitement.
If you had a smooth transition or a rocky one, your job, dear parent, is not over. The biggest measure of success is making sure that your child sleeps in their new bed.
How Can You Make Sure That They Sleep In Their New Big Kid Bed Every Night? (Pro Tips)
For some families, the transition may happen quickly while for some others it may take a little longer. The key to a smooth transition is staying consistent, calm and cheerful during the process.
Even if you are finding the transitioning process difficult for you compared to other parents, remain patient and consistent.
If you need more help, our programs at Sweet Dreams Baby include a toddler bed transition guide with a step-by-step process for a smooth transition.
Do let us know how your transitions went and if you have any additional tips in the comments below.
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