Transitioning to a “Big” Kid Bed

Bye-bye Crib

Moving from a crib to a “big” bed can be a big change for little ones.  Here’s some advice on knowing when the time has come and how to make it easier for your child.

Some clues that your child is ready for a toddler bed are if your child is climbing out of the crib, if your child is being potty trained, if your child is too big for the crib, if your child asks to sleep in a big bed.

There are some things you can do to help your child get excited about moving out of the crib. Move the bed into the room prior to the switch so that your child gets used to it. Read stories about moving to a “big” bed. Use the same blankets from the crib on the big bed so that things remain as familiar as possible. Let your child help select the bed.

Books about Switching to a Big Bed:

My Big Boy Bed by Eve Bunting

Your Own Big Bed by Rita M. Bergstein

Bye-bye Crib by Alison McGhee

A Big Bed for Jed by Laurie B. Friedman

Other Resources:

Parents Connect: http://www.parentsconnect.com/parenting-your-kids/kids-sleeping/good-night-sleep-crib-to-bed.html

Parenting Magazine: http://www.parenting.com/article/reality-check-making-the-big-kid-bed-transition

Baby Center: http://www.babycenter.com/404_how-and-when-should-i-move-my-child-from-a-crib-to-a-bed_4598.bc

Baby Corner: http://www.thebabycorner.com/page/2434/

Baby Zone: http://www.babyzone.com/kids/kids-and-sleep/transitioning-to-toddler-bed_205643

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