One of the most common questions that a lot of parents have, especially those who are just with their first child, is when they should start transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed. With so many parents having different answers, this phase can be quite the challenge for new parents. So if you are one of those parents who are unsure whether it is the time for your child to begin transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed, here are several tips you will find very helpful.
Choose Beddings that Will Appeal to their “Big Kid” Side
Encourage your child to make the transition by covering his/her toddler bed with beddings that are designed for slightly older kids. This will make him/her excited to get out of his/her comfort zone and take the leap from his “old” bed to the toddler bed.
Be Prepared for Potential Falls
With cribs having secure sides, it is only common for children who have made the transition to experience falling off the bed, since they are not accustomed to the kind of freedom that toddler beds offer. This means that you have to be prepared for such unwanted results. To prevent injuries and bruises, you should surround the unrestricted area around the bed with cushioning, such as mattresses, extra pillows, or thick rugs.
Add Additional Security Measures on Your Child’s Door
Many kids who have finally gotten out of their cribs often have the tendency to test their new freedom in more ways than one. This includes wandering around at night. To prevent these incidents from happening and resulting in scares, it is recommended that you install protective and security measures on the door and the windows of your child’s bedroom. A security gate will be best on the door and child-proof latches will work great on the windows.