Primrose Schools gives Katy parents a few pointers on how to make the transition to a "Big Kid Bed" fun, easy, and permanent.
Keep in mind that children can’t reason like adults, so they may need to be persuaded that beds are superior to cribs. Sell that big kid bed like you’re on commission! Here are a few tips.
KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
December 26, 2017
Excerpt from an article written by Primrose Parent, Brad Miller
Get them excited
In the weeks leading up to the transition, talk to your child about the benefits of sleeping in a bed in a way they’ll understand. It’s more comfortable and is the choice of big boys and girls the world over! Bennett loves sleeping bags, so we talked up the fact that he could sleep in his sleeping bag in his big boy bed. (Sleeping bags don’t fit in cribs.)
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If your child doesn’t have much experience sleeping in a bed, let them try napping in your bed. Afterward, remind them how comfortable they felt. We took this one step further with Bennett and suggested that he slept better in our bed. We let him connect the dots.
Give them a sense of ownership
Everything is better when it’s personalized. We took Bennett with us when we bought his mattress. We let him try out the floor model of the mattress we had selected. We also let him pick out new sheets for his bed. If your child feels involved, chances are they’ll be pumped about the new bed, too.
Make it all about the bed
Avoid stacking the move to a big kid bed with other transitions so that your child doesn’t feel overwhelmed. Ideally, you’ll want to transition your child out of the crib when there are no other major changes going on in your child’s life. In other words, don’t make the move while your child is in the throes of potty training, quitting a pacifier or adjusting to a new child-care arrangement.
In the end, no amount of planning can change your child’s natural disposition. Some kids handle change better than others. I don’t think Campbell will have an especially hard time transitioning to a bed. I don’t think she’ll miss her crib one bit, but I don’t think she’ll exactly embrace her new bed, either. I’m picturing her passed out on the rug, surrounded by the evening’s plunder – some unused diapers or maybe a tub of unopened (please!) Vaseline. No matter how easy or difficult your child’s transition, I hope the above tips will make it a little smoother.
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