Some suggest doing this around the age of 2, however we feel this is best done around the age of 3.
Simply put, the older your toddler, the easier the transition. If you move to a big bed much earlier than 3 years of age, you may find that you have a frequent visitor in and out of bed at bedtime and during the night!
You want your toddler to be as happy, comfortable, and familiar in their world and surroundings as possible; otherwise too many changes all at once, will be a lot for your little person to handle and the transition is likely to backfire on you. The other thing which can prompt parents into thinking they need to move their toddler to a big bed, is when their child starts climbing out of their cot. Yes, this can be scary, however, one incident of climbing out, does not necessarily mean they will do it again.
However, if your toddler is repeatedly climbing out, try these few tips here first before making the big bed transition.
When you do decide to make the move to a big bed, here are a few tips which can help: Reading books about moving to a big bed, is also a good way to introduce the topic and to get them excited about this milestone. Then have them help you put the bed together and make it up, so they feel a part of this special and fun milestone. If you can, have the bed in the same place as where the cot was.
This will help your toddler remain familiar with their surroundings. Keep those familiar things from the cot to the bed e.
You can even keep them in their sleeping bag during the transition. This will give them the security and familiarity they are used to. Explain the rules of the new bed i.
Explain that if they are to get out of bed, mum or dad will take them straight back. Have them repeat the rules back to you.
Start with a nap first if they are still napping. Give lots of praise and encouragement. Then follow with bedtime. Move bedtime at least 30 minutes earlier on the first couple of nights to give them time to adjust and incase there are a few trips out to see you!
Most importantly make their room super safe, as their room is now a big cot!
Turned regularly, futons will be comfortable for about 10 years, and we can recondition them with fresh cotton to extend this further. This easy to manoeuvre cot has 4 lockable wheels and transforms from bassinet to cot to toddler bed so you can redesign your nursery with ease as your baby grows. Aim to have a nice early dinner as over-tired toddlers do not eat well, and picky eating is often a sign your meals are too late in the day.
If you would like some more one-on-one help with this transition, or perhaps have a toddler who is already in a bed, but not staying in it, please email us at sleep sweetdreams.
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