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How to transition your child from a crib to a toddler bed

Transitioning your child from their cribs to a toddler bed can sometimes be a daunting task for parents. I have gone through this phase 4 times now and have developed a way that by the fourth child worked like a charm; so I thought I would share my methods.

In the earlier stages leading up to transition time, I recommend introducing the subject with your child by pointing out older siblings/cousins who use "big kid" beds. Make your child excited about the idea of having their own big bed.

Try to place the toddler bed in the same place where your childs crib was, creating a further sense of familiarity and comfort.

Don't prolong the inevitable - take the crib away and immediately. Out of sight out of mind.

Use the same bedding

If you are excited about the new toddler bed, most likely your child will be too

Lastly, whatever you do, do not change your childs regular bedtime routine. I always bathe my children before bed and then read to them. Try to keep the same routine in place and hopefully your child will respond to the change in bed type a little easier.

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Are there different types of toddler beds or a standard type in different styles?

There are quite a few varying types of toddler beds in the market. The first kind I will mention is a convertible crib. The great thing about a convertible crib is that it will last much longer. Some parents also find that a convertible crib eases the transition phase. Next there is the "captain bed" also known as a storage bed. This bed has built-in compartments everywhere - under the bed frame, in the footboards, even in the headboards. There are other types of toddler beds such as loft toddler beds, futon toddler beds, and platform toddler beds; however I think they are less popular and ultimately less safe for your toddler.

Jul 19, 2012 | Baby Gear

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At what age should I switch my child from a crib to a toddler bed?

There is no set stage in development when you absolutely need to switch from a crib to a bed; however most children make the switch between ages 1 1/2 and 3 1/2. I have 3 kids that have all gone through this transitional phase and in my opinion it is best to wait till your child is closer to 3 years of age.

Jul 19, 2012 | Baby Gear

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