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Moving from Crib to Bed

From The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Elizabeth Pantley

When your child moves from crib to bed it's a milestone in his life as well as yours. There is no precise time for making this move, though typically it's between the first and third birthday. The key to success is to be patient and allow your child time to adjust to the change.

Why move a child from crib to bed?
If a child sleeps well in his crib, don't rush the change. Switching to a bed gives a child freedom and brings new issues for parents, such as the yo-yo syndrome or early morning wanderings. The most common reasons to switch:

  • Your child learns how to climb
    Move your child out of the crib when the rail is up to the level of his nipples, since climbing out is more possible.

  • Your child outgrows the crib
    Don't assume it's time! You may think that he's uncomfortable, but he may be content in his little nest.

  • Your child asks for a bed
    If she's old enough, then go ahead and take the leap.

  • Your child is learning how to use the toilet
    Even if your child uses the toilet during the day, it's often a long while before bedtime dryness happens.

  • A new sibling is on the way
    If your little one loves his crib, then ousting him to make room for the newcomer may add stress. If you feel that the time is right then make the change two months or more before your newborn arrives.

What kind of bed should my child move to?
There are a number of options for a child's first bed:

  • Toddler bed
    These are small, low and child-sized. They have guard rails on all sides, and come in playful designs.

  • Regular bed
    A common choice is a mattress, box springs and bed frame (with all sides protected from fall-outs). Consider a double or bigger size to accommodate the night-reading ritual.

  • Mattress on the floor
    A popular choice is a mattress or futon on the floor. This provides your little one with a big-kid bed, but one that prevents any painful falls.

  • Bunk bed
    Hold off on a bunk bed until your child is 6 years old, when it is considered safe.

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