Your little one has grown and is about ready for a big bed; this is where all the fun begins!
First, ask yourself these questions to see if your baby is ready to go to the toddler bed. If most of the answers are yes, then it’s time to make the switch.
Is your baby walking?
Do you find your child climbing on things every time you turn around?
Has your little one actually climbed out of the crib?
Now that you have decided it’s time to put that crib away, you have to decide what bed to get. Here are a few suggestions to help put you in the right direction.
Some cribs convert into a toddler bed.
There are metal frame toddler beds. You can still use the crib mattress.
Disney toddler beds are fun too. Check out your local Toys R Us or Babies R Us. They have a great selection of these beds.
Beds shaped into cars. These beds are cool for little boys. You can find some here at http://www.mattresstime.co.uk.
Day beds are a good choice for little girls.
Now that you have selected the toddler bed the real fun begins! Putting your little one to bed isn’t going to be as easy.
They’ll be getting up to a lot, sneak to play with toys, and even try to climb in bed with you. Yep, you’re back to not sleeping well again. It’s frustrating at times, but if you stay consistent from the beginning, you and your little one will adjust in no time.
-Tips to keep your little one in their bed
-Lay your little one down and read a few books.
-Get a little CD player. Play some kids Cd’s for them at night.
Every time your little one gets up, walk them back to their bed. WARNING: This is going to take many nights and several attempts. Be prepared, it doesn’t happen over night
Be consistent! Don’t give in! This will help them in the long run. Otherwise you will be sharing your bed with your spouse and kids for a VERY long time.
Always put your baby to bed while they are still awake. This will help them learn how to fall asleep on their own.
Say your bed time prayer with you little one. This will help them have a piece of mind.
Put up a little chart and put a sticker on it every time you child sleeps in his own bed all night. At the end of the week reward them with a day out and get some ice cream!
These are just a few pointers to help you out. Be prepared for tears and fits being thrown. Hang in there and best of luck to you!