When should you move a baby from a crib to a big bed

Jaclyn - posted on 07/26/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 16 months old and can get out of her crib if she really wanted to. I was wondering when you thought a good time to move them from a crib to a bed. I also should say I'm moveing in a few weeks should be do it before or after we move?

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Nichole - posted on 07/27/2009

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Get that girl into a toddler bed. It's low to the ground so even if she falls out, it won't be that bad. If you're worried about that, then just put a body pillow on the floor beside the bed. And I would do it as soon as you can get the bed, or if you can convert your crib, do it tonight. A few weeks is a long time in "kid time". She'll be a pro before you move.

Iysha - posted on 07/27/2009

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i think you should move her into a toddler bed asap. you don't want to wait for her to actually get out of her crib and fall before you decide to make the change.

Sarah - posted on 07/27/2009

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I would do it after you move. My son is only 8 months old but i base everything i know on my sister's experience with 3 kiddies. She told me to try and get Thomas in a big boy's bed about 12 months old. Put LO in bed when he/she is really tired/dozy so they have no choice but to fall asleep, just until they get used to being in their new bed. Also make a big thing of the fact it is a BIG boy's/girl's bed and they'll feel all grown up!! There will obviously be teething problems but if you persevere you should reap the benefits within a few nights!! My sister is such an inspiration to me as a mother and i take all her advice about everything to do with my son! So far it has all worked like a dream! He was sleeping through at 4 weeks old!!
Anyway, good luck to you both xx

Cassie - posted on 07/26/2009

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That's a good question... one I'd like answered myself. lol

I've got a 19 month old, he doesn't climb out of his crib yet, but I'd like him to be able to entertain himself outside of the confines of his bed so I don't have to go in and grab him the moment he starts to fuss. I'm also expecting a baby any day so I understand the "before or after" question. We've tried the toddler bed (put a railing up so he doesn't fall out), but it didn't work out so well the first night. He kept getting out of bed to play with his toys. I think what I need to do is stay near his room for a few hours a few nights in a row to listen for him getting out of bed so I can correct him and he can get used to the idea that he needs to stay in bed and fall asleep....... does that sound right? Seems logical to me, but time consuming. I just want to do this right from the beginning so it doesn't take forever to train him to get into bed and stay there when we put him down.

In your situation, Jaclyn, I'd suggest waiting til you've moved 'cause she may regress or have a hard time getting used to the new place for a while and make learning to sleep in a new bed all that much harder. With your little girl potentially climbing out of her crib, I'd suggest you start the transition soon though. But don't take my word for it because I'm just learning myself. :)

Good luck!

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