Switching to a toddler bed?? When is the right time??

Shayla - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 21/2. I want to start switching his crib into the toddler bed, but my husband says no.. He is afraid of him getting up in the middle of the night and wander around. I think he will be OK.. How do you know when they are ready??

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Emma - posted on 05/07/2010

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Its totally up to you when you think he is ready. Mine have always gone into a bed at 2 yrs old and I've not had a problem. If you're worried about him falling out you can buy bed side guards, so he still has the security but not the full sides. You could always put a stair gate in the bedroom door way to prevent him coming out of his room without shutting the door.

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It can depend on the child and the family. With my son we started putting him in his toddler bed at 22 months, he loves it and does stay in bed. At first he didn't and I asked on this site what to do, someone told me to tell him to stay in bed until the sun comes up. When I started telling him that he just started doing it that night and has ever since. With the time frame that he was getting up after we were in bed (before I started the suggested phrase about sun light) our dog would come wake me up if he got up. At that time he would get up and walk into the living room and start crying because no one was there, we were in bed. Our dog knows the is never up without me, so it was only natural for her to come get me. And she is very protectful of our son. I think if I had told him not to get up util the sun comes out (I do phrase it in several versions so that he will definately understand) he would have made a lot less of attempts at getting up at night. You may have to stay up late the first couple of nights and even make efforts to be sure and hear him if he does get up. My son used to take naps in his toddler bed, but now it's only if he really does need one. He behaves well all day without a nap, so it doesn't bother me that he no longer wants a nap. If he is acting tired I do have him lay in bed for some quiet time and he gets up shortly after I put him down, and then he's in a good mood the rest of the day. He is 25 1/2 months now. But make the decision together, not one sided either way, that way there wont be building frustration between you.

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Shayla - posted on 05/07/2010

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Thank you guys so much.. He climbs into his crib but hasn't tried climbing out yet.. and I go to school at night so I am not home for bedtime, except on Friday's and the weekends... But thank you for the advise.

Claudette - posted on 05/07/2010

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My daughter slept in her crib until she was almost 3. I followed her lead when it was time to move her. I caught her trying to climb out of the crib. For me that was it.

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