It may seem like just yesterday you were rocking your little one to sleep in your arms, but now they’re ready for a big bed of their own. It’s incredible how quickly time passes and our children grow up. For some kids, the switch to a bed can be tricky and uncomfortable. Here are some tips to ease the transition.
1. Stick to your routine.
It is really important that you stick to your normal bedtime routine with your child. Even though this is a new stage of their life, a bedtime routine is really important. Make sure that if you normally put them in bed at 8pm and read to them, that you continue to do that. You want to make the transition as easy on them as you can.
2. Expect some push back.
If your child switches to a big kid bed and starts coming to your room every night, don’t worry. This is normal. When they come to your room, make sure that every time it happens you return them to their room. It is important that they get use to the change and don’t avoid it.
3. Make sure they are ready.
If your child is between 18 months and three years old, then they may be ready to transition into a big kid bed. Now we know that that is a large range, so we recommend that you try and keep your child in their crib as long as possible. To make it easier to know when they are ready, here are three things to watch for; potty training, climbing over the railing of their crib, and expressing that they want a big kid bed are all signs that they are ready.
4. Make it fun.
Although your child may be ready to move out of their crib, it can still be a scary transition. If they seem nervous about the switch, try and make this new stage fun and exciting for them. Let them pick out a new comforter and a few decorations. This will help them to get excited about having a big kid bed!
5. Choose a child-friendly bed.
When your child is ready for a big kid bed, make sure you choose one that is appropriate for their age. Although a toddler bed may be best, they will quickly grow out of it. It is best to get them a comfortable twin sized bed and attach a guard rail.
Guest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz
As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!
Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.
For more information, visit www.pullypalz.com.
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