The transition from a crib bed to a toddler mattress can seem like a huge change. It is crucial that you do it correctly. Good sleep is crucial for children's development, emotional and social functioning, focus and learning, as well as their overall health. Many parents are nervous about changing the routine of their child's bedtime, especially if it is a crib. A child's transition from a crib into a bed can cause sleep problems and resistance. As toddlers grow up, they will find a comfortable place in which to transition. Some children can make the transition as soon as they turn 18 months. Others feel more at ease when they are two or three years old. There are many factors that can influence the timing of your family's transition.
When is it the best time to transition to a toddler's bed? Around one-third transition to a new bed between the ages 18 months and 2 year olds, while another third do so between ages 2 to 2.5. The majority of toddlers move from a crib into a bed between 18 months and three years. It is important to know what age your child is ready to move to a toddler bed. A crib can present a danger to your child's health if it is used frequently. You can tell if your child is outgrowing their crib by their ability to see above the crib's rail when they stand. A typical age for a child to move to a bed is when they reach about 3 feet. A child may express to you their desire for a larger bed, or a sibling.
If your toddler struggles with self-control they may not be ready switch to a bed. The freedom to move around in a bed is not something your toddler will learn. Research suggests that you should delay your transition until your child turns 3. This will allow your toddler to learn self-control and make the transition easier for your baby. It is best to transition your toddler to a new crib at least six months before your baby arrives. This will allow your toddler to adjust to their new bed without being jealous or disoriented by their younger sibling.