What are some tips for making my child's crib to bed transition easier?

I'd like to move my son (2.3 years) to a toddler bed in the next few weeks so I can use the crib for baby #2. Any tips or tricks for making the transition easier? He still seems perfectly happy in his crib. I'm esp worried about how to handle the fact that he can get up and move around at night now.


Asked by cafemama at 4:21 PM on Feb. 10, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I moved my toddler directly to a twin bed, but what I did should work for a toddler bed, too. I placed the side of the bed against the wall, and I put the crib right up against the bed, toward the top part of the bed where the child would be sleeping, and I adjusted the side of the crib to look to the child as though he was still in a crib, even though he was in a bed. In other words, when he looked around while he was in bed he'd see a wall on one side and the crib slats on the other side, so it was familiar. After a little while, the crib can be moved away a bit, and then all the way.

    Answer by Bmat at 4:26 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • I just put my 18 month old in a toddler bed two weekends ago. From the second it was set up, she was elated. She loves it, and sleeps really well. For the first week, she would fuss or whine from it the same as her crib, but now after naps, she does get up and knock on her door. She doesn't get out when it's dark though. If you don't still use a baby monitor, buy a cheap one. I use dd's to hear what she's doing & tell if she's out of bed!

    Answer by LiviGracesmom at 4:41 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • Baby proof the room and either plan to shut his door or put up a gate.

    Put him in his bed (we did a nap first) just as you've always done before.

    Oh...when you put up the bed, take DOWN the crib. If he still sees it, he'll want in it. Out of sight, out of mind.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:18 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • i just put my son in his toddler bed he just turned 2.. i took his crib down one day when he was at his dads, and when he came home, he had a new spiderman blanket set, and pillow, and stickers of spiderman all over his wall.. he loves it.. if the crib is out of sight he cant want to go back to it. haha. i had a rough time for a couple nights of him not falling asleep.. and when he tries to open his door after i put him down, i go in there really fast and just say.. "BED NOW!!". and he runs into it really quick, and no more problems... But im kinda a mean mom.. :) haha

    Answer by HaviksMum at 5:23 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • Try a door alarm. They are usually sold for travel - you hang it on your hotel doorknob and if the knob turns, the alarm sounds. Then he can get out of the room if he needs to but you will know!
    A baby monitor is helpful too. He's old enough to understand the concept and to learn that he can sit in his bed and call for you if he is sick or scared, that you will hear him, and come to his aid. Personally, I think that's nicer than making the sick kid come to me in the middle of the night.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:25 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • You'll be surprised, I was worried, but my son made a great transition....at first, he sleeps with me all the time now UGH! I was too lazy and pregnant to be consistant. But definitely get him unattached from the crib before #2 starts using it, he will feel like you are taking that away from him when he will already feel replaced by the baby.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:59 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • I put a baby gate in the hallway and closed the other doors. DD can only come to my room now. I just moved her. She's 20 months, but doing well. Most nights she goes right to sleep. Last night she keep getting up, but I think it's because she wasn't feeling well and daddy keep giving in. :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:05 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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