Tips on making your child’s transition to a toddler bed smooth

The thing to look for here if you’re unsure about the timing, it is when your child is able to climb out of their crib. Whether they are from about 18 months or at about two years old, that’s when you should typically be getting ready to transition them to a toddler bed.  Even though it’s an exciting time, it can be stressful for your child who has become used to the enclosed safety of a baby crib.

Trying not to make this transition and especially stressful time like bringing another baby home, beginning their potty training, or moving. Anything like that will just add to the stress for your child.

Let them help out some new children’s bedding in their favorite theme and praise them for getting to be a big girl or boy at the same time.

Go ahead and put her new bed in the room for a month or two ahead of time so she can get used to the idea that she’ll be sleeping there soon.

You could try putting the crib mattress on the floor, letting her sleep there for a few nights.

Let her take her favorite things from the crib and continue to use them in her toddler bed.

If your child is really resistant to the idea of sleeping in her new toddlers bed, then it might be a good idea to not make a really big deal about it and just try again it in a couple months. The less stress on you and your child the better during this milestone of her development.