crib to bed

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ive been thinking of transferring my son from his crib to a bed but im not sure if he's ready. how does one know?

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Megan - posted on 06/20/2009

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Well at my work at kindercare at 15months we introduce them to a mat for nap time instead of a crib. We do this by rubbing their backs and stayin with them untill they fall asleep. My son climbed out of his crib around this time. It became unsafe so we began to switch.

Sarah - posted on 06/19/2009

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How old is your son, and why do you think he might be ready to switch? We converted our daughter's crib to a toddler bed at 26 months because we had to, but if you want my advice...KEEP HIM IN THE CRIB AS LONG AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN! I would be in no hurry to switch if you don't have to. Putting your child in a toddler bed gives him more freedom and more control. If you want to do a test run, take the crib mattress out and put it on his floor. Make it up with pillow, blankets, etc. and see how he does sleeping on it for a few nights. If all goes well, make the switch, but I can almost guarantee you will want to stick with the crib (j/k)!

Kristin - posted on 06/19/2009

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Hi Lyndsey I just changed my son who is 17 months into a toddler bed. But I did it so soon because he was climbing out of his crib. So its been about a week since we did it and I would say the first week was hard to just get him to stay in there. It is just sticking to a routine.. ( I did what the supernanny did) Do your bedtime routine and then say your goodnites and put him down. As soon as he got out of bed I'd go in not making any eye contact and showing no emotion and just put him back in with out saying anything. And this went on for about 45 min the first night and each night It got better and now bed time isn't an issue.. Nap time is more of the challange but I've turned it into Quiet time. I only put quiet toys in his room and at 12:30 after lunch he goes in his room he can nap or he can play but its for and hour and he has to stay in his room. So thats where I'm at. So good luck kristin

Connie - posted on 06/18/2009

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When he starts to climb out of it, otherwise I would leave him in it as long as he stays in it. That's what I've read anyway and it's been working for me.

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Our son was climbing out of his crib on a regular basis when we decided to move him. He was 27 months when we made the switch. He helped put his toddler bed together and got him some new fun bedding (trucks and tractors are his thing right now). He only fell out twice the first night, but didn't really seemed to be bothered by it. He has been fine ever since.

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Our son was climbing out of his crib on a regular basis when we decided to move him. He was 27 months when we made the switch. He helped put his toddler bed together and got him some new fun bedding (trucks and tractors are his thing right now). He only fell out twice the first night, but didn't really seemed to be bothered by it. He has been fine ever since.

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