If you have had a baby before you have been through many transitions through watching them grow up to become little independent people. There has been transitions from bottle to sippy cup, diapers to underwear, “mommy do it phase to the “no I do it” phase…and so many more! But when do you make the transition from a crib to a big bed for your little one?
I have been fighting this battle for awhile. Mostly because I have heard many different stories/advice from other moms. Baby P is 2 years old. She is a peanut and still fits comfortably in her crib. She loves sleeping in there. (We have never co-slept with her except on a hand full of occasions). Her crib is her safe place when she is sleeping. She has been in it since she was 6 weeks old. For the first 6 weeks she was in her pack and play in the living room with me. Because let’s face it, as a new and first time mom, whatever is the easiest will be the best thing to do in your eyes.
I think we may start the transition next summer. But when should you start the transition for your child? Every child is different and each parenting style is different. You should do what is best for your child and your family.
Here are some tips that I have found to be the most helpful for when it is time to transition Baby P.
- Start talking about the event. Transitions can be difficult for toddlers (and also mommys & daddys). Children thrive on structure and routine and what we as adults believe as a simple move from crib to bed can be very trying and difficult for toddlers. When you are in a store, show your child what a big bed looks like and gauge their excitement. If they seem excited about seeing it and getting one of their own then it may be time to start thinking about the transition. If they could care less..it may not be time yet.
- Read books about getting a big girl/boy bed. Taking a trip to the local library is something that I think goes along the wayside anymore with technology but giving your child the experience of visiting the library will be something they will remember for the rest of their life. Some examples are: Big Enough for a Bed: Sesame Street or My Big Boy Bed: Pirate Pete
- Don’t push the issue. Leave the crib up for a week or so (depending on your child). If meltdowns are happening, let your child sleep in the crib. You don’t want to associate the big bed with a negative experience with your child. If you are using the crib into a toddler bed, let your child help to take it apart. (Within reason, of course!!!) Getting them involved will help make them feel like they are doing it together instead of something”mommy is doing to me”.
- Give time for adjustment. Each child will adjust differently. It may take a week, it may take a month. Just remember that you have made it through other transitions; you can make it through this one too!
When did you transition your child? What was the biggest struggle with the transition?