The transition from a cot to a toddler bed might look unimpressive but it’s actually a huge milestone for every kid. And, you might have to rethink the safety of the bedroom. So, here are some dos and don’ts to make the process of moving from cot to bed smoother for your toddler.
Wait Until the Right Time
While some moms start doing this anywhere from 15 months, others tend to do this after 18 months. Actually, there is no set time for this. However, most doctors think it’s safest to wait until your kid is 2-year-olds. The cot sides can still keep your toddler safe and save you two from worrying about rolling off the bed while sleeping during this time.
Let Your Kid Involved
Well, after all, your toddler is the only one who uses the bed. So, why not take your child to the shop with you and see what they like. Let your toddler feel the linen and maybe choose a fluffy bear to hug at night. Plus, make sure you have a bedside light in case your kid needs to use the toilet during the night or have a night terror. It will help ensure they don’t stumble around looking for a light switch. Doing this will help your kid prepare themselves emotionally for the change.
Create a Bedtime Routine
This could include the storybook titles, sleep time, wake up time, putting on the pajama, brushing teeth, and lights out. Stick to the new bedtime routines. Most children go to sleep by 8 pm. Allow for time to wind down, read a story, discuss the day’s events, and say a prayer. Give a final hug and kiss good night.
If your kid gets up in the middle of the night, returning to the room continuously and putting them back in bed is necessary. However, you should speak firmly and do not allow for any distractions like “one more hug”. Some kids might need a few nights to get used to their new bedroom. So, be firm and be calm too.
Secure the Bedroom
Make sure the room is safe. The windows must have bars and all easy to break items should sit on a high shelf. Also, you can buy 2 pool noodles or long pillows and tuck them under the sheets length-ways down the sides of the bed. Doing this will help to prevent incidents like rolling out onto the floor in the middle of the night.
Follow all the Requests
Don’t allow bedtime to creep later and later. You need to be strict about the new bedtime. Also, try to ignore any requests that will inevitably come like “I’m hungry, mom” or “I can’t find my bear”. Acknowledge what you have heard but don’t act on the request in case it’s important.
Having a Discussion in a different room
If your child leaves the bed, don’t discuss it or make any conversation. Hold their hand and silently return to the bed together. No matter how tempting it is to talk, don’t! Because your kid can make up some reasons or find a place to hide and won’t go back to their room. When you two are in the bedroom then your kid can say what they want.
Stay or Sleep on Your Kid’s bed
This might be a good way to calm your toddler and help them sleep better, but it’s not a great idea when they just started to move. Try not to sit in your kid’s room and allow them to fall asleep on your lap, during this time. If your kid thinks you like a part of their sleep, then they will struggle to settle down alone.
This type of bed seems like a perfect option for a family with 2 children. But, we recommend to not use bunk beds or at least wait until your kid is older. In fact, even older kids aren’t immune to the risk of falling or jumping from the top bunk. In America, kids under the age of 6 years are recommended to not sleep in a bunk bed.
With so much advice, it’s best to follow your motherly instinct. Your kid’s second birthday is the recommended time to move, but then again nothing is cast in stone. Do what you think suits the best for your children. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know in the comments!