Watching our kids’ height markers move further up the doorframe is bittersweet. On one hand we love watching them grow up into real little people but at the same time can they just stay tiny babies forever please??
If you’ve got a little one who’s growing up fast, chances are they’ll soon be making the transition from toddler to child and they’ll need a new bed to mark their new status. Here’s how to help them make the change from toddler bed to big bed with as few worries (and tantrums!) as possible.
Make Sure it’s the Right Time
Toddler beds are a great way to help kids move from cots and cribs to normal beds but, if you feel like your little one had adapted well, it’s probably make the final transition. Recognising the right time might also be as simple as realising they’ve just grown too big for the toddler bed entirely! It’s not all about size and age though, if your child is going through any other big changes (starting school for example or adjusting to a new sibling) it’s a good idea to wait until they’re more settled in other aspects of their life before you install the replacement.
Involve Them in the Decision
Just like men, the best way to get a child to agree to something is by making them think it was their idea in the first place (just kidding, dads!). Discussing the move with your child and letting them help to pick out their new bed will make them feel like a proper grown up and less resentful of any changes.
Okay, not really bribery but treating your child to some new pyjamas or new bedding can make a new bed seem more appealing and exciting to those who are worried by change.
Make it Familiar
That being said, no matter how grown up your little one is, moving into a bigger sleeping space can feel unfamiliar and scary so you don’t want everything in the bed to be completely new. Familiar blankets, teddies, nightlights, and bedsheets can all help them adjust to their new bed while maintaining normal bedtime routines will help to reassure them that nothing is that different after all.