7 Tips for Transitioning from Crib to Bed

7 Tips for Transitioning from Crib to Bed | Baby Chick

7 Tips for Transitioning from Crib to Bed

Transitioning from a crib to a big kid bed is a big milestone in any child’s life. It can be a time of real excitement and a sense of growing up, or it can be a scary and hard change for some kids. And as a parent, it may feel overwhelming trying to determine when is the right time to move your baby into a big kid bed. Here are some tips to make easier the task of transitioning from crib to bed.

1. Make sure you’ve established a bedtime routine first.

This is key because if you haven’t established a routine, the chances of your child staying in a big kid bed and going to sleep on his or her own is little to none. A few months before you decide to transition your child, start implementing a steadfast routine that you can stick with every night. For instance, in my house our routine looks something like this: take a bath, brush teeth, take vitamins, put on pajamas, quiet play for about half an hour, read one book, sing one song, lights out. The only thing that may change in that routine is whether or not the kids take a bath depending on how lazy I’m feeling (don’t judge!). Other than that, we have stuck to this routine from very early on in each of my children’s lives and it really does help them to go to sleep easily.

Having a routine helps tremendously when you’re trying to transition to a big kid bed because moving from crib to bed is, in and of itself, a bit of a traumatic change for some kids. Having a bedtime routine already established and sticking to it through the crib-to-bed transition will help to make the change a little easier for your child to handle.

READ MORE
Maintaining Your Kids’ Sleep Habits while Traveling during the Holidays

2. Make it an exciting event.

Laying the ground work with your kid about a month in advance will go a long way to helping him or her see this change as an exciting event. Start talking about big kid beds and pointing them out when visiting friends homes or showing him or her pictures from catalogs like Pottery Barn Kids. You can even find books about moving to a big kid bed on Amazon that you can incorporate into your bedtime routine. The more you talk about it and get your child excited about moving into a big kid bed, the easier the transition will be when you make it happen.

3. Start with a mattress on the floor during naps.

If you are worried about your child getting the hang of sleeping on a big bed at night, start by “practicing” with a mattress on the floor during naps. This way, you will be awake while he or she is sleeping so you can monitor how he/she is doing. Also, this will help your child get a feel for the new space of the bed (subconsciously creating boundaries and where they end). If your child falls off the mattress while it’s on the floor, it won’t be as jarring as if he/she were already in the bed a few feet off the floor.

4. Let kiddo have a say on bed and bedding.

When it’s time to set the big kid bed train in full motion, make a big deal about going shopping for your child’s new bedding and let them pick it out. If you’re a stickler for how your kids’ room looks and don’t want a Thomas the Train comforter being the star of his bedroom, let your kid pick out the sheets (they’ll be hidden under your choice of comforter) or a small throw blanket emblazoned with his favorite superhero/Disney character/cartoon character. Letting your child pick out his or her own bedding will give them sense of ownership and pride in this exciting new journey!

READ MORE
Summer Sleep Tips for Babies and Kids

5. Put the new bed where the crib went.

Just like having a bedtime routine helps keep your kiddo feel safe and secure, so will placing the new bed where the crib once was. His or her bed may change, but at least the view from the bed will remain the same and give him/her a sense of consistency and familiarity. Also, you won’t have to move the video monitor (it’s the little things, really).

6. Don’t forget to baby proof.

As much as your kid may practice sleeping on a big kid mattress before you put him in a raised bed, he/she will inevitably fall out of the bed at some point. To help minimize these occurrences (because there’s nothing more jarring for either of you to be woken from a dead sleep by a loud thud and sudden screaming), add some sort of safety measure to the sides of the bed. There are a great many styles of bed rails you can order on Amazon that work really well, but they can get pricey.

My favorite hack for keeping my kids in their bed without using a child rail is to put a pool noodle under the sheet on the edges of the bed. Tape them down if you feel you need to, but I have found that, for the most part, they stay in place on their own. Having a pool noodle under the bedding will essentially create a bumper that prevents your kids from rolling off the bed surprisingly well. And they’re far less expensive than buying bed rails!

READ MORE
6 Tricks to Try When Baby Won't Sleep

7. Don’t be afraid to start over.

If you give the big kid bed a shot and it’s just not going well, don’t be afraid to put your child back in the crib for a few weeks and try again later. With my daughter, we were able to transition her from crib to bed effortlessly when she was about 18 months old. However, with my son, he had a hard time going from crib to toddler bed (just taking the front section of the crib off and adding the toddler rail). He would constantly get out of bed and lay by his door calling for me. It was frustrating and exhausting. After a couple of weeks, we decided to throw in the towel and put him back in his crib. I had a suspicion that the full railing of the crib gave my son a sense of security. Sure enough, as soon as that full rail was back on, he slept like a baby (no pun intended). We waited for another 6 months to try the big boy bed with him and, thankfully, he has done so much better. Sometimes, a child just isn’t ready for a big kid bed so you have to be flexible and try to work with your individual child’s needs.

Transitioning from crib to bed should be an exciting time for parents and kids alike. Using these tips will hopefully help make your transition that much easier, but always remember to listen to your gut and your child’s specific needs to make sure you’re transitioning at the right time.

About the Author /

Cheyenne is an attorney, writer, speaker and blogger with a slight obsession for home decor, red wine, and good coffee. Cheyenne’s blog, Sense & Serendipity, focuses on inspiring others to create a home well loved and a life well lived. Cheyenne lives in San Marcos, Texas with her two children, Aislin and Hawkins.

#FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
Instagram post 18086145976187630 WHY?!?!!! The photos my kids will have of me to remember me when they were children will be quite interesting. 🤦‍♀️⁠
📷: @mommasaid⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Instagram post 17842972489855579 When you’re trying not to go broke to create magical memories this Christmas. 🙈🎄🎁
📷: @mymomologue
.
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #christmas #christmastime #mommychick #christmaslist
Instagram post 18074272528164523 @debiandbebi wrote these words when she was a new mom and struggled with #postpartumdepression. She hopes to remind everyone that it is okay to struggle with being a new mom and that does not mean you don't love your baby. ❤️⁠
(quote by @debiandbebi)⁠
.⁠
#postpartum #mentalhealth #ppd #motherhood #selfcare #kindnessmatters #postpartumprogress #postpartumlife #newmom #newmotherhood #mommychick #babychick #depression #mentalhealthmatters
Instagram post 17863413055589017 When they wake up in the morning and give you that big grin . . . 😍 There is nothing sweeter.⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #goodmorning #happybaby #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Instagram post 17848203934772065 Her comes Amazon, here comes Amazon, right down my driveway! 🎶📦🤣⁠
📷: @cmon.mama⁠
.⁠
#christmas #christmasshopping #amazonmom #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Instagram post 17862171103601373 All of these things make me happy. What would you add to your self care toolbox?⁠
I'm seriously needing some of these things tonight to start a new week. Hoping you mamas get some self care time too! 💕⁠
📷: @hallmark⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #selfcare #selfcaretoolbox #mumlife #mommylife #metime #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Instagram post 17974795027288980 Was he dreaming he was riding a bike last night escaping from wild animals?! OUCH! 🤕🚲⁠
📷: @themommyconfessions⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Instagram post 18081610903134401 Praying that your toddler let's you get to sleep this weekend. 🙏💤⁠
📷: unknown⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Instagram post 17866776847554303 Above all else, let us teach them to be kind. 💗⁠
(quote: @mommywinetime)⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #mommychick #carpool #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Instagram post 17853200368708392 SURPRISE! A little shocked, a little tired, and a LOT BLESSED. Congrats, @sarah_lit! ❤️⁠
📷: @sarah_lit⁠
.⁠
#babyannouncement #pregnancyannouncement #pregnancy #pregnant #momtobe #pregnancylife #mamatobe #babybump #pregnancyjourney #bumpie #preggo #maternity #motherhood #momlife #expecting #mumlife #mommytobe #pregnantlife #babyontheway #inspirepregnancy #mommychick #babychick #babyonboard #mumtobe
Instagram post 17864808397574241 Pregnant and hungry all the time? Here are some great ideas to keep in the fridge when the hunger pains kick in! 🤰👍⁠
📷: @juna.moms⁠
.⁠
#pregnancy #pregnant #pregnancytip #momtobe #pregnancylife #healthypregnancy #mamatobe #fitpregnancy #babybump #pregnancyjourney #bumpie #preggo #pregnancybasics #pregnancyhelp #maternity #motherhood #momlife #expecting #mumlife #mommytobe #pregnantlife #babyontheway #inspirepregnancy #mommychick #babychick
Instagram post 18073051357163780 When it comes to clamping the cord, our mottos is "what's the rush?" The blood volume in the placenta and cord at the time of birth is BABY'S blood. It's simply mid-circulation in the placenta at the time of birth. It just makes sense to leave it be and let it finish its job.⁠
No, the blood won't drain out of baby and go backwards into the placenta.⁠
No, your baby is not more likely to get sick from jaundice.⁠
Yes, your baby will still be getting oxygen while they figure out breathing, especially important if they need resuscitation.⁠
Yes, your baby will have better iron levels for the first year of their life.⁠
Look at how thick and engorged this cord still is at 4 and 18 minutes after baby was born. Just imagine how much blood baby would have lost if the cord had been clamped immediately, or at 60 seconds, 90 seconds, or 3 minutes! The placenta was expelled immediately before the 18 minute photo was taken. The pulse in the cord could still be felt even AFTER THE PLACENTA HAD BEEN DELIVERED! The cord was finally clamped and cut more than an hour after birth at 73 minutes. ❤️⁠
📷: @lawrenrosephotography⁠
Informative post and words by @bundleborn⁠
.⁠
#placenta #lotusbirth #homebirth #midwife #midwifery #phsiologicThirdStage #delayedcordclamping #optimalcordclamping #waitforwhite #whatstherush #postpartum #birth #laboranddelivery #babychick #mommychick
Instagram post 17866964371538725 Stacks on stacks . . . of diapers. 😂 Can you relate?⁠
📷: @krayons.n.tequila⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Instagram post 17852665306696124 With the holiday season upon us and moms trying to make everything magical for their families, remember to stop and take a moment to take care of you. ❤️ Have a hot cup of coffee, a long warm shower and some alone time. Communicate this with your partner not as a wish but as a necessity. We must take the time to take care of ourselves to better take care of them. 💕⁠
📷: @hallmark⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Instagram post 18095239591099259 After holiday feasting . . . this baby gets me.⁠ 🤣
📷: unknown (DM for credit)
.
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #newborn #pantsoptional #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Instagram post 17844162355818683 I think I had a little too much turkey . . . and pie. 😬🍗🥧 #leggingsforlife⁠
📷: @hallmarkbaby⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Instagram post 17990835490280335 I totally felt this way when I was pregnant. And kinda feel this way after all that turkey. 🤣🦃 Happy turkey day to all you expecting mamas!!⁠
📷: @madiford2 via Twitter⁠
.⁠
#pregnancy #pregnant #funnypregnancy #momtobe #pregnancylife #thanksgiving #mamatobe #turkeymama #babybump #pregnancyjourney #bumpie #thirdtrimester #preggo #pregnancyhelp #maternity #motherhood #momlife #expecting #mumlife #mommytobe #pregnantlife #babyontheway #inspirepregnancy #mommychick #babychick
Instagram post 18094211479105476 I spy with my little eye the cutest turkey ever. 😍 Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Hope it's filled with love, laughter, and cuteness like this. ❤️⁠
📷: @emilyshapaka⁠
.⁠
#thanksgiving #happythanksgiving #family #grateful #thankful #babychick⁣ #mommychick #blessed #gratitude #happy #thankyou #happiness #givethanks #turkey #holiday #love #turkeyday #holidays #baby #babyturkey
Instagram post 17852562805720320 Loneliness is a real thing in new motherhood and I want to be sure we talk about this. It's okay to say, "I feel lonely." We normalize one another's experiences when we share the reality of our journey. It can be so isolating when we bring our small human home and our lives revolve around his/her care. We feel detached from the outside world. The monotony of new motherhood can be heavy.⁠
.⁠
Here are some tips to combat isolation:⁠
.⁠
1️⃣ Get outside when possible.⁠
2️⃣ Video chat with friends/family.⁠
3️⃣ Join a virtual group.⁠
4️⃣ Invite someone to come over.⁠
5️⃣ Find a local mom's group.⁠
6️⃣ Listen to the radio or a podcast (it's interesting how this can make us feel connected with others)⁠
7️⃣ Run an errand--even grabbing a coffee via drive-thru can feel good.⁠
8️⃣ Get to know your neighbors.⁠
What would you add to the list?⁠
.⁠
Repost: words and 📷 by @psychedmommy⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #newmom #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Instagram post 17862516742586656 Pass the rolls. Baby rolls, bread rolls, all the rolls.⁠ 😍🍞👶 #thanksgivingjokes 😜⁠
📷: @divasunrisekiss⁠
.⁠
#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #thanksgiving #toddler #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #toddlerlife #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommchick #rolls #babiesofig
  • Sort by:

  • Category:

  • Tag:

  • Type: