Transitioning a toddler to a big kid bed came early at my house. Having two kids only 22 months apart and only one crib means that my toddler won the privilege of a big girl bed before many of her peers. She made the transition to her floor bed seamlessly in just a few nights so that the baby could move into the crib.
My two kids will soon be roomies, a crib grad in her big girl bed and the five month-old sleeping through the night, hallelujah! Decorating their new shared room is almost as exciting as regaining the master bedroom. I’ve been hunting for colorful cotton bedding and accessories to brighten up the small space and keep both kiddos sleeping peacefully. Urbanara has some cheerful polka dot printed bedding and fun throw pillows that at the top of my kids’ bedroom makeover wishlist. I love how easy it is to wash those pretty duvets! Anyone dealing with nighttime potty training knows how fast toddlers go through bedding.
Once you’ve got plans to move your child from a crib to a bed, whether because they’re expert crib escapees or you just plain need to oust the crib, here are a few tips that worked great. We’re working on the assumption that you’ve already purchased a big kid bed. If you haven’t, stop reading and head over to check out Oranique’s line of 100% natural fiber mattresses made in the USA-top-quality!
Introduce the bed.
Bring the big kid bed into your child’s room and let them get used to seeing it there. My daughter loved playing on her floor bed long before she ever slept on it. Let them know how fun it will be for them to sleep there and get them excited about it. Leave the bed in the room, if you’ve got space, but put your toddler to sleep in the crib for a few more nights until they’re bursting with anticipation.
Tuck your toddler into the big kid bed for a nap. Be clear about any expectations you’ve got for big kid bed sleeping. In our case, we’ve got three:
- Stay in bed. No getting out to play.
- Underpants stay on. My little girl loves to take off her training pants at naptime.
- Go to sleep.
If your toddler is like mine, he’ll escape the bed once or twice in search of toys. Just go back in, let him know it’s nap time and put him into the crib. Sleeping in the big kid bed is a privilege. He can try again next nap.
Move In Day!
When your child has successfully napped a couple of times in the big kid bed, tuck him in to his new bed for the night. Make sure he’s comfortable. If you’re concerned he might fall out or wriggle the blankets off and get cold, leave the door ajar so you can peek inside. Pat yourself on the back. Your baby’s growing up!
Using this routine, my little girl never once hopped out of bed at nighttime and slept very well. If your tot has trouble sleeping in his new bed, give it time. All kids are different and it may just take him some more time to adjust. Hang in there. You’ll have a big kid bed dweller before you know it!
Do you have great tips for helping your toddler transition to a big kid bed? We’d love to hear them! Please share below in the comments.
Here’s to a good night’s rest to all!