Some life transitions are exciting while others are daunting. How do you view the transition of your child from a crib to a toddler bed? Don’t worry, there’s no need to answer that question with a categorical yes or no. In reality, most parents would feel a combination of excitement and fear as they prepare their little children to go on their own toddler beds. It’s totally fine to have both emotions. After all, parenting is almost always characterized by a roller-coaster-kind of ups and downs, sad times and happy times, fears and surprises, and so much more.
Here are some of the tips that you can use to make the transition from a baby crib to a toddler bed a lot easier:
1. Establish a positive mindset about the transition – remove the if’s and but’s.
Admit it or not, but there are times when we just become more afraid for our children’s growth than how they should feel themselves. If we allow the negativity to fill our minds, it will surely crawl onto the other areas of our life and even affect our own children. Before we can prepare our kids to slowly see the real world and be able to gradually learn how to conquer it, we must also be ready to allow them to grow. See the change as positive – a proof that you are raising a healthy, able, and wonderful child who will soon have the capacity to carry on life’s challenges – all because of your passionate care and pure love.
2. Ease your safety concerns – install rails and mats.
Safety is among the primary concerns of parents when letting their babies transition to a toddler bed. With the advent of better industrial technologies and manufacturing practices, it is no longer impossible to find the perfect rails and mats for your child’s bedroom. You can even have your rails and mats customized to go along with the room’s theme and properly fit the bed’s perimeter.
3. Let the transition be acceptable – be patient with explanations.
No matter how young or old your child is, you need to understand that she is her own persona with an ability to process thoughts and emotions. You cannot discount the fact that your baby can actually understand so much from everything that happens around her. Any sudden change can cause mental worries, emotional trauma, and behavioral disruptions.
You will need to be patient with the explanation. Don’t ever think that your child won’t understand the concept of independence. You might just be surprised by how much your child can openly accept something that has been fully explained to her.
4. Create an exciting environment for change – offer activities that promote acceptance.
Dealing with changes is usually daunting to both parents and children. In order to make things a lot easier, you will have to exert effort and use creativity in making the transition as exciting as possible. You can start introducing the concept of toddler beds by reading bedtime stories about it or watching videos that include such scenes. You may also start doing role-playing activities to stimulate the interest of sleeping on a toddler bed.
5. Improve the design and functionality of your child’s bedroom – add lamps, glow-in-the-dark stickers, etc.
If it is your child’s first time to be in her own bedroom, then you will have to be very careful in making sure that nothing makes her terribly uneasy and afraid. Before even introducing the idea that she will soon have to transfer to her own room, make sure that you have already created a loving atmosphere in her space.
You can do this by putting glow-in-the-dark stickers of planets, shapes, and stars on the ceiling. You may also use a lampshade to prevent total darkness from creeping into your child’s soul. Another wonderful addition to your child’s bedroom is a sleeping monitor which is an imaging device that you can use to check on your child as she sleeps a few meters away from you.
Transitioning from a baby crib to a toddler bed can be made easy and less stressful when you follow these tips. If you have other cool ideas, feel free to comment below or send me a message. I would love to hear from you!
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