tips for switching 3year old to

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I'm wanting to start the switch to a big boy bed for my 3yr old but not sure where to start, he loves his crib and has never even tried to climb out and always goes straight to sleep with out trouble but I feel like it's about time to make the switch. Any tips or suggestions?

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Janie - posted on 05/10/2010

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I switched Mark at 2 1/2 and he did fine. We bought him a car bed and loves it. We never had a problem with him in the new bed. In fact he wants the door and lights closed, I was very surprised.

Courtney - posted on 04/19/2010

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I bought my daughter a big girl bed for her first birthday. She LOVED it! I never had a crib for her, we used a pack-n-play. She helped me take down the pnp and set up her new bed. For the first 2 weeks she told me when she wanted to go sleep in her bed. After that it got a little tough, she kept getting up and coming out of her room when she figured out that she could. After a month she was used to it and I haven't had a problem with it since, other than the normal not wanting to go to bed toddler stuff lol. But yes, it depends on your child. I would try turning it into a day bed, but have your son help you. You can put a side rail thing up on it also so it feels like a crib still. Good luck!

Becca - posted on 04/19/2010

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I just switched my daughters bed over when she went to spend the night at grandma's. She came home and I told her I had a big surprise for her. Treated it like it was a big present.

Taryn - posted on 04/18/2010

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we ahd to put our son in a big bed just before he turned 2, he was climbing out of the cot. It was very hard for the first week or so. he would keep getting out and playing or just screaming the house down. We soon realised it was easier to keep his door open so he could hear we were still there, move anything he could play with out of the room, and be patient with him.We still have a rail up to stop him falling out, and the fist month had a spare matress on the floor as a back up.

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2010

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Thanks everyone for the answers and I am going to wait a little bit,
I asked him if he wanted to switch to a "big boy" bed and get put
his crib away but he panicked and ran and climbed into it saying no. He is not ready I guess, oh well

Morgan - posted on 04/16/2010

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Just do it slowly and if you want to skip the toddler bed get rails so it feels somewhat like a crib still. And then when he is comfortable with that remove the rails. we did the whole toddler bed thing with my oldest for about a week but she kept getting out of it and sleeping on the floor so we just got her a double bed and she loves it.

K.C. - posted on 04/16/2010

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Just for the record, if my 3 year old would sleep in a crib she'd be sleeping in it right now! I'm so jealous! No midnight walk in to mummy's room, no unwanted visits during Mummy/Daddy time! Savour it for as long as you can! When his friends start making fun of him he will want a bed....

Lisa - posted on 04/16/2010

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You can try a toddler bed. It uses the same crib mattress. It worked with my son and with my nephew. Wal-mart has good prices on them.

Louise - posted on 04/16/2010

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Involve your child in buying the bed covers and make him feel a part of the decision making. If he wants a rocket or teddy bear on his duvet cover or a particular colour. Place all his crib toys in his new bed and don't force him into getting into it. This is a big step in his life so exspect a few nights of broken sleep.

Nicole - posted on 04/16/2010

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just a couple of ideas, if ur crib can turn into a day bed try that first if not put the big bed in his room get him used to it tell him that where big boys sleep and when hes ready to he can sleep there make him feel its his choice.

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