How Can I Help My Child Transition from a Crib to a Bed?

The move from a crib to a big boy or girl bed is a rite of passage. When your little one is ready to make this leap, how can you make sure the transition is smooth? Get your child prepared to make the move to a bed with these tips.

Make It Exciting

It will be easier to sell your child on the idea of giving up his or her crib if you make it seem like something exciting. Play up the idea that big kids sleep in beds and that he or she is so grown-up now that it’s time to say goodbye to the crib. Point out friends, siblings, and cousins who have beds and remind your child that he or she is going to be just like them. Focus on the positive parts so that the first night in the new bed is a thrilling and not scary for your little one.

Work On Your Bedtime Routine

A solid bedtime routine will make those first few nights in a new bed easy. If your routine has fallen by the wayside, restart it well in advance of when you get the new bed. When your child’s new bed is installed, stick to that same routine. Keep in mind that your child will need a little bit of time to get used to sleeping in a bed. He or she will be tempted to get up and may feel scared without the comfort of the crib. Stay patient and stick to the routine until the bed becomes normal to your child.

Choose the Right Time

Moving to a bed is a big transition, so don’t roll it into other big changes, such as potty training or moving to a new home. Likewise, don’t move your child to a bed and a new sibling right into his or her crib. If part of the transition is about making room for a new baby, do it well before you bring a new brother or sister home.

Mancini’s Sleepworld has comfortable mattresses and fun beds designed to help little ones embrace their new setups. Bring your child to our mattress store in San Francisco and pick out a bed today, or call (800) 647-5337 to learn more about our selection.

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