J.R. asks from Orem, UT on August 04, 2008
Toddler to a Bed
I am having my second child in a few months, (5-6) and we only have one crib. So, I thought now, when my daughter is 19 months i should start training her to sleep on a toddler bed. I figure it will take a few months. I need some suggestions on how to do this though. Any ideas? Schedules you have found useful?
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K.B. answers from Denver on August 04, 2008
I don't really think toddler beds are worth the money. We went straight to a twin bed with a rail. Or you could put the twin mattress on the floor at first so it isn't too far to fall. I don't know of any tricks. It can be a frustrating process of putting the child back to bed many, many times each night. My kids are almost 3 and 5 and I still find them asleep on the floor or in the same bed some nights. Just talk about the "big girl bed" and make it seem like a really cool new thing she gets to do. Make sure she knows that bed time is still bed time, and you expect her to stay in it. She'll get it eventually.
C.W. answers from Denver on August 04, 2008
I agree go straigt to the twin bed. She will be alot more comfortible in a toddler bed. You just tell her that she is getting to be a big girl so now she gets a new bed. Tell her she needs more room for her and a favorite teddy bear or something like that..
If you make it fun and an adventure she will love it! 19 months isn't to young either-
I actually put the bed up against a wall so the open side I put pillows down just incase they fell out. I am sure you can get them with a guard rail though.
Hope that helps!
K.D. answers from Denver on August 04, 2008
We switched our son close to that age. He went straight into a regular bed with no problems. He slept against the side of the crib, so I was worried about him falling out. It's been about 6 months now, and he's never fallen out. Occasionally we do move him towards the middle after he's gone to sleep. He loved the idea of being a big boy in his cool new big bed.
S.M. answers from Casper on August 06, 2008
the bigger the bed, the less chance to fall off. If i had the room and the money, my child would be in at least a full size bed. he doesn't fall out of bed anymore, he is 3, but I still think he would be more comfortable. even if your kid can stay in a toddler bed, constantly bumping against the sides as children that young are prone to do is not a recipe for a good night's sleep.
Speaking of, neither is my staying up typing all this advice. Good luck!
K.R. answers from Denver on August 06, 2008
We just did this. We are expecting in November and thought we should transition before the new baby comes.
My advice: Treat it like you did when you had to get your child to sleep through the night...let them cry it out (I know, a lot harder than it sounds) and it will only take about 2-3 days. Be consistant with nap times too. Just act like the crib doesn't even exist (if it is still in the same room) and eventually your toddler will sleep in the bed. Our toddler slept on the floor by his door for two nights, but by nap time on the third day, he was in his bed and has been in his bed ever since.
This method worked for us. Good luck!
D.K. answers from Denver on August 04, 2008
It shouldn't take but a few nights, not months.
It is a great time to get her to sleep in a big girl bed.
Make sure it is enough time too so she doesn't resent the baby for taking her crib.
Take her to pick out cool comforter and sheets, I suggest a twin bed as they outgrow toddler beds so quick and it is a waste of money, get a bed rail for her to help her feel secure and make a big deal out of it.
It shouldn't take but a few nights, actually both of my kids adjusted in one night, they were so excited to be done with the crib and be big kids!!!:) My son was out of the crib at 22 mos and my daughter was out at 24 mos, so 19 is a good time to. if you are concerned about her getting up and out of her room put a baby gate on her bedroom.
Congrats on the new baby! Very exciting.
A.H. answers from Great Falls on August 10, 2008
If you have the space in her room put both beds in at once. We did this with our toddler and it worked great. We gave her the option each night, which bed she wanted to sleep in. She literally alternated each night, but it worked great. That way she didn't feel pressured and we didn't feel pressured. She still felt secure knowing her crib was still there if she wanted to sleep in it. It took about a month before she was choosing the big girl bed every night and we moved the crib out. Good Luck!