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  • Writer's pictureMarine Lienard

Transitioning from crib to infant bed

As your baby grows, there comes a time when they outgrow their crib, signalling the need for a transition to an infant bed. This milestone can be both exciting and challenging for parents, as it marks a significant step in your child's development. Moving from a crib to an infant bed requires careful consideration and a gradual approach to ensure a smooth and comfortable transition for your little one.

French kid's bed in a lovely bedroom.

1. Timing is key:

The timing of the transition is crucial. Most children make the move between 18 months and 3 years of age. Watch for signs that your child is ready, such as attempting to climb out of the crib, expressing discomfort, or showing interest in a "big kid" bed.

2. Choose the right bed:

Selecting the right infant bed is essential for a successful transition. Toddler beds, with their low-to-the-ground design and guardrails, are a popular choice. Alternatively, you can opt for a twin bed with safety rails. Ensure the mattress is comfortable and fits the bed securely.

3. Familiarise your child:

Before making the switch, familiarise your child with the new bed. Let them explore it during the day, allowing them to touch and feel the sheets and blankets. This will help reduce anxiety and make the bed a familiar and welcoming place.

4. Create a comfortable sleep environment:

Make the new bed as cozy and inviting as possible. Use familiar bedding, such as their favorite blanket or stuffed animal. This will create a sense of comfort and security, making the transition less intimidating for your child.

5. Gradual transition:

Introduce the new bed gradually to ease the transition. Start by having your child take naps in the new bed or spend some playtime there during the day. This will help them become accustomed to the new sleeping arrangement without the pressure of nighttime.

6. Establish a bedtime routine:

Maintain a consistent bedtime routine to signal to your child that it's time to sleep. Whether it's reading a bedtime story, singing a lullaby, or a warm bath, a consistent routine can provide comfort and familiarity during this transition.

7. Safety first:

Safety is paramount during this transition. Install bed rails to prevent your child from rolling out of bed. Ensure the room is childproofed, removing any potential hazards. Position the bed away from windows and secure any heavy furniture that could be tipped over.

8. Celebrate the Milestone:

Celebrate this transition as a milestone in your child's growth. Praise them for being a "big kid" and emphasise the positive aspects of sleeping in their new bed. Consider a small reward or special bedtime tradition to make the experience memorable.

Moving from a crib to an infant bed is a significant step in your child's development. By choosing the right time, bed, and approach, and by creating a comfortable and safe sleep environment, you can make this transition a positive and exciting experience for both you and your little one. Remember to be patient and offer plenty of support as your child adjusts to their new sleeping arrangement.

Marine, mother and founder of St Pancras Recruitment


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