Has your toddler outgrown his crib? Does he climb out or refuse to sleep in a crib? If you said yes, you’re not alone. Here are some ways to get your child down for a much-needed nap or a good night’s sleep.
Different options for your sleepy toddler
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.
Tip: When you purchase your crib, consider buying the toddler conversion kit at the same time — if the crib doesn’t come with one. That way you have it when you need it and don’t run the risk of not being able to locate it years later.
Crib conversion to toddler 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.
Straight to the big kid 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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