When should you move your toddler?
Most toddlers make the transition between 18 months and 3 1/2 years.
Why are you making the move to a bed?
There are a few reasons for moving toddlers from their crib to a bed, the most common ones being:
If your toddler is started to climb out but you feel like they are not quite ready for a bed, try moving the mattress down to the lowest level to make it harder for them to crawl out.
Where will your toddler be sleeping?
There are basically 3 options:
To help with the transition, put the bed in the same place the crib used to be. Your child may not like the feel of sheets and blankets (especially tucked in) so they may want to continue using their crib blankets for a while.
How can you make the transition easier on your child?
Now that your child will be able to get in and out of bed without you, there are a few things to make sure you do to keep your toddler safe:
Remember that this is a big transition for everyone (parents too!). It may go smoothly but if there are some bumps along the way, be patient. Make sure your toddler has a positive association with their new bed and don't force the move if they are not ready.