Your toddler cannot stay in the crib for an indefinite period but there is no need to search for toddler beds until your child is comfortable in his or her crib. Waiting too long, on the other hand, poses some safety concerns because once too big and too active your child can injure himself or herself while trying to climb in and out of the crib. However, the best time to switch from a crib to a bed varies greatly from one child to another. Some are ready to move from their cribs at a very young age, while the others tend to refuse to move to a bed for quite some time which is, however, not unusual because they got used to sleeping in the crib and feel safe in it.
It is completely normal to feel concerned if you notice that your toddler is trying to climb out of his or her crib but before you rush into purchasing a new bed, you should seriously consider your child’s readiness for the switch. Toddler injuries due to crib accidents are a cause of concern but toddler beds are much easier to get in and out which poses a risk of your toddler wondering around freely when everyone are asleep.
Another important thing to take into account before getting a new bed is your child’s psychological readiness for the change because some have a hard time giving up the crib. There are, however, several ways to make the switch easier if you feel that a bed is a better option for your child or if you need the crib for the arriving baby. In the latter case, make sure that you make the switch early enough because your toddler may feel that the baby has stolen his or her crib.
The choice of toddler beds is truly enormous, while most of them are designed to look appealing to toddlers and you should take advantage of that, especially if you feel that your child may resist the switch. Also, get your child excited about a new bed and include him or her into the selection of the bed. However, you do not want to take him or her shopping with you because he or she may choose a bed that does not meet your criteria. Print few options you consider appropriate instead and ask your child to pick one. You can also make the switch easier by using the mattress (if it fits) and bedding from the crib.
Next to an appealing style and design, you should pay attention to safety when selecting a bed for your toddler. Make sure that is stable and sturdy, and consider beds that feature guardrails to keep your child enclosed if you do not want him or her to wander alone during the night. You are also recommended to buy a bed that is low to the ground, so that your toddler can easily get in and out of the bed. In addition, low height reduces the risk of injury in case if your child falls from the bed. However, make sure that you do not place the bed close to windows, lamps and heating units to prevent potentially serious injuries.
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