Any advice regarding transitioning from crib to bed?

Kari - posted on 08/30/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




Our Little Mr. is turning 2 this week! In a couple of months, we will be living in transition, between a couple of houses. Grandma and Grandpa will need to start babysitting a few times a week, so make that 3 houses! That could last for several months, so we're considering moving Little Mr. out of the crib and onto a mattress to make sleeping arrangements less complicated. My biggest concern is the toy temptation. Not sure how to handle that, since we don't have another room for storing his toys. Also, any general advice is welcome. He's stopped trying to climb out of his crib, so that is not a concern at this point. Our other option is to buy another used Pack-N-Play until we settle into a permanent home. That way, each location will have a crib or PNP. Any opinions out there?


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Medic - posted on 08/31/2011




Is he toilet trained? If not then I guess just leaving him is the best idea and starting out the new house with a new bed would be one way of getting him excited for it. If he is toilet trained then leaving him in a crib is just hindering that process. My now 5 year old was trained by 23-24 months but he was out of the crib at 16 months, my 19 month old is starting to toiled train but has been out of the crib for 5 months now. I have never had problems with either getting out of bed to play.

Belinda - posted on 08/31/2011




Because you will be in transition for the next few months I would recommend NOT transferring him to a bed yet.Wait until there are no stressors like this in his little life. It is just asking for a tense and frustrating situation to expect him to sleep in a new bed without the security of the crib "walls" in 3 houses (at least 1 of which is a completely new environment) and without his parents (even if he knows his grandparents well and is comfortable with them.)

Wait until he gets used to staying with his grandparents and hopefully you are down to just one house.

It is perfectly fine and often advisable to wait until they are at least 2 and a half or 3 before beginning the transfer to a big boy bed. Think of it this way, the older he is the easier it is for you to reason with him and have him able to understand and follow bed time rules, such as no playing with toys after lights out.

Edited to add: I like your idea of the pak-n-play or something similar.

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