WHEN TO TRANSITION TO TODDLER BED
When and How to Transition to a Big Kid Bed
The transition from the crib to the bed is an important milestone for toddlers! This usually happens around the age of 2, but since each child is different and develops at their own pace, it can happen earlier or later. While some adapt rather easily, others may react more difficultly to this big change.
To ensure that this new period goes smoothly, Coco Village accompanies you and shares 3 important points to consider when the time comes.
A Matter of Safety
Safety always remains the priority. Regardless of the situation, regardless of the decisions, it is essential to take bed safety standards into consideration.
First, make sure that the height of the bed allows the child to get in and out of it easily. Next, make sure there is no space between the mattress and the box spring or the wall, where the child could get stuck. Go for a mattress that's neither too firm nor too soft, and don't overcrowd the space with pillows and blankets (especially at night!).
Finally, opt for a bed with barriers or a border to prevent a possible fall.
A Matter of Adaptation
Children sometimes experience insecurity in the face of a new situation, and it is essential to give them time so that they can acclimatize without pressure. When the child feels comfortable in this new environment, they will be able to thrive there and sleep well at night.
To do this, it is important not only to change the bed, but also to create a new space. Remember to incorporate elements that your child likes: a blue blanket like the ocean to remind them of pirate stories, a cushion in the shape of a parrot because it is their favorite animal, a small lamp nearby so that they can reach it if necessary during the night, etc.
And above all, don't forget their blankie, an eternal source of comfort at any time of the day and night!
These small details may seem trivial, but they make a big difference in helping the child to develop an attachment to their environment more quickly and easily.
A Matter of Habit
Children respond positively to repetition and habit, so be sure to create a routine for your toddler. Each step of it will allow them to gradually prepare for the moment when they have to dive into dreamland.
That's it, it's your turn! Before embarking on this new adventure with your child, keep in mind that nothing is universal: the things that work for one do not necessarily work for another. Explore.
Encourage learning at your child's pace. Get to know them through their experiences. Understand their needs. Respect their limitations. Watch them grow and become more self-sufficient every day, no matter how many days it takes.