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HOW TO GET YOUR CHILD TO MOVE FROM A CRIB TO A TODDLER BED

There is no fixed age to move your kid to a toddler bed. You can use their and readiness to guide you. Sometimes parents move their kids out of the crib once they are able to climb out by themselves as this can result in an injury, so it's safer to be in a toddler bed. Here are some tips for helping to make the transition a smooth one:

Relax - If you are tense about your kid moving from the crib, they will pick up on it. Don't rush the move as toddlers like to do things in their own time. Some kids are very excited to make the transition to a more grown up bed but others are fearful. If your child is reluctant, you could let them use it just for daytime naps at the beginning.

Involve your child - make the move to a toddler bed a joint project. Let your child have a say in what kind of bed they would like. If that's not possible, you can always let them pick out a new duvet cover or sheets.

Keep the bedtime routine - moving beds is a big enough move. Don't make any changes to the bedtime routine. Kids love the stability of routine. So if you usually read a story or sing to your child before bedtime, do exactly the same thing once they are in their bed.

Don't panic - some kids sleep really well from their first night in a toddler bed and others take ages to settle. If your child keeps getting up and coming to your room, don't panic. Try not to get cross or turn the issue into a battleground. Just firmly but lovingly take your child back to their own bed. If you stick to this method, your child will eventually get the message.

Be positive - Even if it doesn't seem like a big deal to you, it's a huge transition for your toddler as it marks a movement from baby days to toddler ones. Gives lots of praise, even for the small successes and you will help your child feel self-confident and proud at this milestone.

Good Luck and Enjoy!

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