After years of safely sleeping behind bars it can be difficult to know when it’s the right time to move your little one to a toddler bed. But, whether they’ve attempted to do a Houdini style escape act all by themselves or you think they are getting a little long for their cosy cot, the transition needn’t be a stressful one.
Top tips on how to make the move
1. Slowly does it
Try to keep the toddler bed in the same place as the cot and always put a guardrail up to stop your little one from rolling out. Your tot might also find it comforting to have their old cot blanket until they get used to their new surroundings.
2. Keep the routine
Even for the most excited of toddlers, a new bed could seem a little daunting. Try to stick to their usual bedtime routine to help them feel safe and secure.
3. Make it fun
There are so many fun choices out there to bring a whole new world of magic to sleeptime. Whether your tot is mad about Thomas & Friends or they love all things fairy, there will be a big bed to suit them. Let them have a part in picking their new toddler bed and they will feel like it’s one big exciting adventure. You could even think about throwing a ‘big bed party’.
Whilst your toddler might love their new found freedom, unfortunately your sleep pattern might not! You might find yourself putting them back into their new bed time and time again. Don’t worry, with patience this won’t last long. Keep it consistent, keep it quiet and keep calm. Persistence is the key and you will win in the end!
5. Reward, reward, reward
Praise and rewards will really help to reinforce how proud you are of a successful night’s sleep.
Some children take moving to a toddler bed in their stride while others take longer to adjust. It may take a little time, but they will get there in the end. This is another big milestone in their little lives…and in yours too. Your baby is growing up, but there are so many exciting adventures you have to come with your cheeky little toddler and their new found freedom!
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