Moving your child from a crib into a toddler bed is going to be a big transition, both for them and for you. To make the transition easier on your child, there are certain things that you can do to help them feel included and excited about this big change. This article will discuss 3 tips for moving your child from a crib to a toddler bed.
Let Them Shop For A Bed And Mattress With You
If your child is included in the shopping process, they will generally warm up to the idea of moving into a new "big boy/girl" bed much faster. Tell them that they are going to be able to lay on several different beds at the store until they find one that they like. They will enjoy laying on the mattresses at the furniture store and will like that they have a say in what mattress and bed frame will be purchased. You can also let them pick out the bedding set that will go on their bed because they will likely find a themed bed set that they will really love. Let them make the bed with you once you get it home, and also let them try it out.
Choose A Firm Mattress
Since the mattress in your child's crib was firm, they will likely adjust better to their new bed if this mattress is also firm. It is also a safer option because the child won't potentially be smothered in the soft mattress. Often times the mattresses made for toddler beds come in all different firmness and softness levels, so you shouldn't have any problem finding one that is perfect for your child. For more information, contact a business such as Mattress Ranch.
Make Their Bedtime Routine Enjoyable
The last tip to getting your child to transition comfortably into their new toddler bed is to make sure that they have an enjoyable time when they are preparing for bed and laying in bed. Let them pick out their favorite pair of pajamas to wear, and also let them pick out a couple of extra stories they would like you to read them for the night. Read these stories to them as they are laying in their new bed, and remind them often of what a big girl or boy they are. You can also allow them to sleep with a night light or lamp if this helps them to feel more comfortable.