A.M. asks from Greenville, OH on August 04, 2008
Toddler Ready for Big-kid Bed
How do I know if my son, who will be 3 in November, is ready for a youth/toddler bed? He is still in a crib, and he is not potty trained yet. He can now open up doors, so that if he was in a youth bed and he wanted to get up in the morning, he can come out of the room on his own. What other signs are there to let me know if he is ready? Thanks!
L.M. answers from Cleveland on August 05, 2008
My son is 2 1/2 and we just transitioned him. For about a week he fell out of his "race car bed" once a night. It's been 3 weeks now and he hasn't fallen out once. We want to potty train him soon, but I didn't feel we could really start doing that until he could get out of his bed to let us know he had to go.
J.C. answers from Cincinnati on August 05, 2008
I switched my daughter to a twin size bed when she was 2 1/2 years old. I not only felt she was ready, but she was just getting too long for her baby bed and was waking up in these weird contorted positions. She usually isn't much of a mover in bed. For my own piece of mind I bought a toddler rail to put on the side of the bed, just to be on the safe side. I did not have to transition her. We really worked her up about the bed and she went with us to pick out her big girl bed. She was more upset about not sleeping in it right away because it had to be ordered. But the first night and then after were never issues. She has never gotten out of bed in the middle of the night and she has a stool at the foot of the bed so that she can get out of bed on her own in the morning.
As for potty training, I did use the reward stickers for my daughter and kept the chart and stickers in the bathroom so she could chose them. But my friend, who has a son, and was still being potty trained at 3, used stickers for #1 and had a box of hotwheels taped to the wall in the bathroom for #2, since they had the most problem with that. He was very upset if he could not have the hotwheels, but it all worked out and he quickly started going #2 in the potty. Another friend also used M&M's for #2. Just a few suggestions.
R.T. answers from Cincinnati on August 07, 2008
He's ready-he's old enough. Now that he can open doors some safety measures are going to have to be used in your home. But I think he may be ready already. If he's in toddler bed it may be easier to potty train him, too.
N.N. answers from Columbus on August 05, 2008
I just switched my 18 mo. old to her big girl bed. I put Dora sheets on it and she crawled all over the bed patting Dora and saying hello to her and boots. The pillow case has Dora and Boots also, so I tell her go lay with Dora and she does. At 3 he should be "ready," but it still may take some getting used to. You may have to sit with him the first couple of nights, until he learns to stay in bed and fall asleep. Don't put him to bed until he's really tired, so that he goes out quickly. Read a story, sing a few songs, then turn out the lights and say good night, just like for a big boy. We use the baby gate on her doorway, just so that she doesn't wander out in the dark and fall down the stairs; usually she cries when she wakes up in the night though. The advice about putting up the new bed with the crib is good also. We did that with our oldest. She napped in the twin bed and slept in the crib, for about a week until she decided that she was ready for her big girl bed all the time, then we gave the crib to our new baby. She helped me put a big bow on it like a present. She also had a special big girl blankie that she could only use in the big girl bed. She was about 18 mos. at the time. Our second daughter switched at 14 mos., so at 3 he should be fine.
H.S. answers from Cleveland on August 05, 2008
my daughter is almost 3 too and isn't potty trained yet! My pediatrician said that if your child is able to climb in and out of the crib (safely), then there is no need to rush them into a toddler bed. My Pediatrician said I could wait at least until 3 as long as they are doing fine in the crib. I was lucky that my daughter never tried to climb out and never got hurt. We did switch her to a toddler bed about 3 months ago though! However, I was worried about her falling/crawling out of this bed and getting out of her room, but actually she has done great! We just put a rail on her bed and put a child safety cover on the door handle (the inside of her door), so that she can't open it. I wanted to make sure that she wouldn't wander the hallways or go downstairs if she woke up in the middle of the night. It has worked too! I still use a monitor though, so that when she is awake I will know it, plus I will hear her knock on the door. I hope this helps!
V.S. answers from Cincinnati on August 05, 2008
Once our 2 year old starting climbin out of the crib is when we transistioned her to the toddler bed. Bought new bedding with a character she liked. She comes out of her room when she wakes up and wakes us up. I have the upstairs safe for her. She usually comes straight to our room though i have a gate at top of stairs so she can't go down there. I also still use a monitor just so i can hear her or notice movement even though probabley don't need one.
D.C. answers from Cincinnati on August 05, 2008
Our youngest started climbing out of her crib early also. We went ahead and converted to a day bed. She hasnt figured out the door yet, so she stands at the door and knock and calls for us. If opening the door is a problem, you can always get those door knob covers. You have to hold the covers a certain way to get the knob to turn.
S.F. answers from Fort Wayne on August 06, 2008
As long as he's strong enough and stable enough to get in and out of bed on his own, you can put him in a big boy bed. At this point, you might save yourself a bit of money and just put him in a twin instead of transitioning to a toddler bed. Up to you really. My 3 year old has been in a twin bed for the last year and a half. My 4 year old would never sleep inthe toddler bed. He went from sleepingi nthe crib, to in my bed, to the toddler bed.
D.M. answers from Cleveland on August 05, 2008
Sounds like he is ready! To ease the transition, we put our kids to bed in their crib at bedtime like normal. When we went to bed, I took them out of the crib, my husband moved the mattress onto the toddler bed and I put them back down on the toddler bed. We did that for a week and then we said bye-bye to the crib. I did that with all three of my children and did not have any anxiety issues with any of them. Also, the previous post about getting the character sheets is important, too. The more excitement you generate about it, the less intimidating it seems! Good luck!
R.H. answers from Cleveland on August 05, 2008
I changed beds when my kids started climbing out of the crib. lol.