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:
These are small, low and child-sized. They have guard rails on all sides, and come in playful designs.
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.
Hold off on a bunk bed until your child is 6 years old, when it is considered safe.
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