The transition from crib-to-bed is a huge milestone for toddlers. Yes, it can be stressful. But when they show the signs of readiness, the ease can be smooth…with patience of course!
Both my kids handled the transition differently, with that being said, every kid is different, so be prepared to be flexible on how your child deals with change. Here are my tips on how to ease the transition, I hope it helps!
5 Ways to Ease the Transition from Crib-to-Bed
1. Choose the Right Bed
Look for beds that are low to the ground and easy for your child to get in and out. Toddler beds usually provide guard rails while regular twin beds don’t…so make sure you purchase the rails separately. Since my boys share a room and space it limited – I found a low bunk bed from Ikea and its been great for us so far!
2. Create a Safe Environment
Kids sleep better in a clean and safe environment. Before bedtime, I make sure their room is clutter free and the floors…LEGO free because my kids will come into my room in the middle of the night. Make sure the bed is located in a safe position and away from choking hazards.
3. Stick to a Routine
Being consistent is key to a smooth transition. For us, screen time is off by 6pm to get the bed time process started. Every thing remains to same (potty, bath, brushing teeth, books) – except for the new bed.
A transition like this can be scary for your little ones…it certainly was for both my kids. Danny and I would comfort them with lots of snuggles and patience. Our room is always open if they need that extra comfort – which they do sometimes, but thankfully they prefer their own beds.
5. Pick Bedding that’s Super
Have your child help pick-out the bedding! It definitely eases the transition when they see their favorite characters and/or prints. We recently got this Batman Bedding set by Franco Manufacturing Company, Inc. and Ronan loves sleeping surrounded by his favorite superhero! The complete Batman Bedding set is machine washable and the best part, the comforter set is reversible. It’s like a 2-in-1 bedding! The bedding is super soft, comfortable, and the Batman Pillow Buddy keeps his safe. He feels like a Superhero having his own bed!
About Franco Manufacturing Co., Inc:
Franco Manufacturing Co., Inc. was founded in 1952 by David E. Franco and his three sons. Now in its third generation, the Company’s commitment to product innovation, quality and service continue to keep pace in a competitive marketplace. Their products include children’s and teen bedding, pillows, throws/blankets, drapes, rugs, bath and beach towels for many popular licensed properties. Franco products can be found at major mass-market retailers, specialty stores, department stores and online outlets.