All, Pitter Patter

Toddler bed transition

When should you move your not so little baby to a big bed and how do you make the move?

After the one year celebration, you might feel excited for a change and to see your toddler grow. Don’t rush the big girl bed though. With my son we moved to a twin bed at 20 months. He was the best sleeper in his baby bed, but once he had new freedom that changed. Going to sleep was harder, but what was worse was that he ended up in our bed mid night. Now that he’s seven, I suppose I treasure those nights snuggling with him, but I would rather it be on my authority not his.

Now for my very unique daughter, I kept her in her baby bed until she was 14 years old. Okay not really 14 but over 2 and half. We simply turned the crib into a toddler bed, and she had new found freedom. She goes to bed, says good night and then begins playing. We find her in the craziest clothing and accessories after she passes out. She does stay in bed all night, but the getting to sleep is a challenge.

Overall I would suggest staying in the crib as long as they are comfortable or are potty trained and need to be able to go freely to the bathroom. Then make the new bed a big deal and special privilege. What suggestions do you have for keeping toddlers in bed once given the new freedom?