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How Do You Know When to Move Your Toddler to A Big Kid Bed
It’s no surprise that if you are thinking about dropping the crib, that you are feeling anxious. The crib to bed transition is a big one. But, before you say Goodbye to your child’s crib, I want you to be sure it really is the best time for your family. Keep reading. After You’re done, I want you to feel more confident in your choice; whatever that is.
The amount of sleep a child needs varies depending on their age and individual needs. In general, children need between 9 and 16 hours of sleep per day.
- Infants (4–12 months): 12–16 hours
- Toddlers (1–2 years): 11–14 hours
- Preschoolers (3–5 years): 10–13 hours
- School-aged children (6–12 years): 9–12 hours
It’s important to note that these are general guidelines and that every child is different. Some children may need more or less sleep than the recommended amounts. It’s best to discuss your child’s sleep needs with their doctor and determine a sleep schedule that works for them.
If after reading through the yield signs above you are certain that it’s time, follow these
5 steps to make the process easier on everyone.
- Start by choosing the right age for your child to make the transition from a crib to a bed. Most children are ready to make the transition between the ages of 2 and 3 years old.
- Take into account your child’s stage of development. If they are going through a lot of changes or facing challenges, it may be better to wait until they are more settled to make the transition.
- Create a consistent bedtime routine that includes all of the steps leading up to bed, such as brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, and reading a bedtime story. This will help your child feel more secure and prepared for bed.
- Communicate with your child about the transition. Let them know what to expect and why the change is happening. This will help them understand and feel more comfortable with the change.
- Consider using products and design elements that will make the transition easier. For example, you can use a bed rail to prevent your child from falling out of bed, or you can choose kids bedding and pillows that are fun and appealing to your child.
If you’re unsure whether your toddler is ready to make the transition, talk to their doctor or pediatrician for guidance. They can help you determine the best time to make the switch based on your child’s unique needs and development.