From Crib to Bed

Bethany - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 20 months and I just found out that in about 3 months I have to give my crib back to the people I borrowed it from. This scares me because he loves his crib and enjoys playing in it when he wakes up. I am worried that he will not sleep in the toddler bed and wanted to see if any of you have any thoughts about transitioning techniques and if I should start now.
Thanks,
Bethany

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Claire - posted on 01/13/2010

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We had convertible cribs for both our kids and started by making the crib a toddler daybed. After that, we got the character toddler beds for each of them. Fun sheets and the same blankies they had before made it all the more worthwhile.
One note though, if your son rolls, skip the pillow or swap it for a flatter one for a few months until he's used to his new bed. Most of the toddler beds have rails on the side that are at good "face smacking" level when he rolls off the pillow.

Alyssa - posted on 01/13/2010

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When it came time for my daughter to move into her toddler bed, I went out and bought sheets that she would like, which was Dora the Explorer. Then I bought her a Dora pillow that she could put her head on as well. She had no issues at all. It was tough trying to get my husband to let go, but once she had the hang of it, it was not an issue. My advice would be to put some soft pillows on the floor next to the bed incase he falls out, then he won't be completely terrified. Just make sure that if he does fall out of bed, you go to his room immediately so that he knows you will always be there if he does fall. But other than that, give it a couple of months, and he'll have the hang of it. Hope this helps.

Lady - posted on 01/13/2010

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i've never had any problems with the three of my four children i have moved from crib to bed i just made a big fuss of how exciting it was to be going into a bed - i got them to help set it up and put it in their room and had some nice beding and put in a few of their toys to keep them company. make it a happy event and don't have any stress surrounding it and hopefully you won't have any problems either good luck!

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