Change can be scary or exciting, sometimes even both! When you’re munchkin’s age, however, big changes can get very overwhelming so we advise to take things slow when it comes to transitioning your toddler from crib to bed. If your child is going through other changes in their life like a new house, new baby-sitter, or potty training it’s a better to hold off until things settle down. Transitioning beds is a huge milestone for your toddler, you don’t want to overwhelm them or rush them into it.
If you’re transitioning your toddler to a bigger bed due to an incoming baby, it’s best to transition them six to eight weeks before baby is due. This gives them time to settle into their big kid bed so they don’t see baby as encroaching onto “their space” [crib].
Make the transition as smooth as possible (it’ll help you avoid a lot of fuss later on). Get your child involved by letting them choose their own bedding and the stuffed animals that they can share their bed with. Having them make these decision will get them excited about the transition rather than feeling forced into it.
If you’re not expecting another baby, a wonderful way to make the transition easier and help you save money is to simply get a conversion kit. It takes your crib and turns it into a toddler bed by switching a rail. Your child gets to keep their bed, you get to keep your sanity, and it’ll make transitioning to a bigger bed easier down the road.
If you find that your child is wander around at night or getting in and out of bed a lot, whichever option you go with, it’s a good idea to bring the crib back for a little. It just means they aren’t quite ready and to try again later.
This is a huge transition, your munchkin is going to need time, support, and a ton of encouragement. This is also a milestone for you, it means your little one is growing up! Once your toddler successfully transitions, go ahead and give yourself a little celebration!