Whether its because the next baby is on the way, they can scale the walls of the crib, or maybe you just decided they are too big and it’s time to transition, at some point you will have to make the change into a big bed. How you approach the change is entirely up to your child. Nell and Ronnie are very different to Teddy in how they react to situations. Nell and Ronnie like a song and a dance where as Teddy would prefer to hide under the sofa until everyone has left the room. So we have experienced two completely different ways of moving out of the cribs. Nell had just turned two years old and it was because her baby brother had arrived, Teddy was just over two and it was because he could jump out of his crib whilst Ronnie started to not enjoy her cot and it was just time to switch things up. We have explained below how we moved into a big bed for our children in the two different ways, We hope this helps.
The Big Bed Party.
If your little one likes to make a fuss and is probably going to be on the West End or Big Brother when they grow up then this route is for you.
Choose a day they are out to revamp the bedroom. If your budget does not stretch to a whole bedroom make over then just move it around and insert big bed. Buy some sheets you think are absolutely hideous and guarantee your child wont be able to live without them. ( or if you are like me and that is just simply a no! Buy white sheets and add tat via cushions and cuddly toys ) Get rid of the baby bits and bobs and replace with some big kid toys and bring up to date the book shelves. Gro clocks are good to introduce now also to help them understand when it is ok to come out of their bedroom as you will no longer have them contained in the baby jail and if horror films have taught us anything, there is NOTHING scarier than waking up in the night to a toddler watching over you whilst you sleep.
The grand reveal can be anything from just mum and dad, to getting the whole family, including second cousins round to celebrate The Big Bed. A party tea, balloons, cake, gifts, new pjs. What ever you think your little one would love to make the big bed an exciting experience.
The Don’t Make A Fuss.
If your little one is slightly more understated and would prefer to brush his teeth for 6 hours straight than have the whole family over for the arrival of his new bed then try this; You should still decorate, or change up the bedroom, getting rid of baby bits and bringing in some favourite toys and books but involve them in the process. The shock wont be so overwhelming if they have chosen the disgusting bedspread themselves. Ask them to choose which toys they would like to take up to their big boy room and buying books to read like; ‘My Big Boy Bed’ are brilliant to encourage confidence with the transition.
I personally think toddler beds are a bit of a waste of money and you may as well just go for a full size single bed. Toddler beds are not much bigger than a cot-bed so they wont be in them for very long before its time to buy ANOTHER bed, then what do you do with your toddler bed shaped like a race car, put it on ebay with the other 5000?? We went straight to a single bed and bought side rails so they didn’t roll out, as normal single beds are higher off the floor than a toddler bed.
Night one normally goes swimmingly well and you are conned into thinking you are the best parent that has ever walked the earth but by night two they have realised they are no longer contained and can actually leave the bedroom whenever they bloody want. *AAAAHHHHHH. Wether you use a Gro Clock , reward charts or baby gate on the bedroom door, or all three like we did, you just have to find what works best for you. After getting used to full nights sleep its hard to revert back to night time visitors.