With the recent crib tent recall, parents are turning to other options to safely transition their child to a new sleep space. Here are some tips to safely help your child transition from crib to bed.
Some cribs have the ability to convert into a toddler bed with an included or additional accessory. This option is typically the easiest transition for both your child and your wallet. A convertible crib provides your toddler with a comfortable and familiar sleep spot and saves you money, as you are able to get more use out of the crib.
A toddler bed is a separate bed frame, but usually, a toddler bed can still accommodate a crib mattress. If your crib does not convert to a toddler bed or if your child ends up wanting nothing to do with his or her crib — even in the convertible toddler mode — a toddler bed can be a great transition piece to a bigger bed as it looks and feels like a “big boy” or “big girl” bed to a young child. The only downfall to a toddler bed is the length of use. Most children will use a toddler bed for, on average, one year before transitioning to a larger bed.
Some parents prefer to go straight to a twin or full-size bed once their child outgrows the crib. This option is not only economical for parents, but transitioning from a crib to a regular bed means your child only goes through one transition period, which can make for a more peaceful sleep in the long run. The downside to a twin or full-sized bed is the large size and the potential hazards to your child. Here are some tips on how to safely transition your toddler to a big boy or big girl bed.
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