Most parents of toddlers wonder when it’s time to upgrade their child’s bed from a toddler bed to a twin or full size bed.
The responsibility of assisting your child through this change might be overwhelming. Different approaches may be necessary for different children, as many of you have discovered with other developmental milestones (sleep training, anyone?).
Preschool Readiness Indicators
Consider your child’s readiness for a bigger bed before announcing the change. When she cries out for more space, does she really dislike her toddler bed? Toddlers often request a larger bed because they feel they need a Big Girl or Big Boy Bed to match their newfound maturity.
It’s great that you’ve seen these indications, because they indicate that your child is ready to start walking.
Engage Your Toddler.
We advise you to talk to your toddler and make sure he or she is aware of the upcoming change. Make sure your kid has heard and understood what you say by having them repeat it after you. Selecting a brand-new bed is the next exciting step.
The transition to a big kid bed can be smoother if you choose a crib that can be converted to a toddler bed and then a full size bed. Take your kid shopping for a new bed and bedding with you if you plan on updating their current set. Giving her some say in the matter will make her feel like she has some control over the upcoming transition, which will make her more enthusiastic about it.
The transition to a bigger bed can be intimidating for some kids (and their parents!), especially if it involves a raised bed. The Brooklyn 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is a great choice for a family looking to put their mind at ease by providing a smooth transition from crib to toddler bed to full-size bed.
Your toddler will have an easier time getting in and out of bed thanks to the low platform height, and you’ll both rest easier knowing that she won’t have to fall too far to reach the floor. It’s a good idea to get side rails that may be attached to your platform or elevated bed for added safety and peace of mind.
Do not allow your toddler to get out of bed at night unless you are positive she can do it securely. Tell her that she can get assistance by just shouting for it. The first few times she calls for you, you should try to get there promptly to reassure her that you will be there.
Last but not least, consider transitioning your toddler’s nap time into the first time they sleep in the bed. The transition will be less stressful for both the parents and the toddler if it is done during the day rather than at night.