Transitioning From Crib To Bed? Here’s What You’ll Need from Children’s Duvet Covers to Pyjamas
A key stage in early childhood development is making the transition from a crib to a bed. It can feel like a big step to make this change, both for the child and for the parents. A good night's sleep is a fundamental part of a child’s mental health and well-being, key for them to enjoy the day ahead and grow as a person.
You must choose the right time to make the transition from crib to bed. If you transition too early, this can lead to sleep troubles and bedtime resistance that can put back their development by a lot. Most toddlers will make the move from a crib to a bed between the age of 18 months and 3 years old, but it is typically in the latter half of this.
You should be looking for the signs your child is ready to make the move. If your child can use their own strength and climb out of the crib, this is a key indicator that they are ready to transition to a bed. Climbing out of a crib by themselves could lead to them falling and injuring themselves, so it is not worth the risk of keeping them in a crib when they could potentially harm themselves.
If when they stand up in the crib their chest is above the railing, this is a good sign they have outgrown their crib. You should also see if they can lie down comfortably and stretch out fully in the space. If they have to curl up to fit, you should think about transitioning them to a bed.
If your child is having trouble with self-control and independence, it may be best to keep them in the crib for longer. Transitioning them too early might make them continually get out of bed and move around the house, disturbing your sleep and putting them at risk. You should also listen to their needs, if they are frequently requesting a normal bed, you should be able to trust your child as long as they know the responsibilities that come with it.
Making changes is never easy, so try to transition your child from crib to bed when they are not in the middle of another big stage of development, such as starting daycare or being potty trained. Too many changes can overwhelm a small child.
You should try to ease the transition by making it fun. Make it seem like a big adventure and a grown-up move to be moving to the bed, this will reassure your child that the bed is the logical next step and help them unburden themselves from their attachment to the crib.
Try to maintain your bedtime routine to make it seem as normal as possible, apart from the change of location at the end. Routines inform a child that what they’re doing is the right choice, even if that routine has changed slightly from a crib to a bed.
Reward them for positive steps in the transition and help them understand what to do better with positive reinforcement. It might seem like a slow process at first, but the knowledge will soon seep in and they’ll be happy in their new bed soon. You just have to be patient with them and don’t be afraid to bring back the crib if progress is not going well at all. You can always try the transition again and again until it succeeds.
Once you think they’re ready to make the change, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll need.
While it may seem a logical choice to buy a full-size bed, a toddler bed is probably a better option for a small child. They’re essentially smaller versions of a twin bed, specifically designed to be a child’s first real bed. They are often low to the floor and can come with side rails to prevent children from falling out and hurting themselves. This is especially useful if you’re worried about how independent your child will try to be once they have their own bed.
You will often find toddler beds available in fun designs, so they can be a place to play as well as a place to sleep. You could buy a race car bed for an aspiring driver, or a rocket ship shaped bed for those who love outer space. The choices are endless. You can even buy a plain toddler bed and decorate it yourself to enhance the experience.
You want to pick a duvet cover for your child that will help them sleep soundly in their new bed. Children’s bodies don’t regulate temperature as well as adults, so it is important you pick a suitable duvet. You should look for one with a lower tog rating as this will help keep your child comfortably warm without overheating. You might want to consider a lighter summer duvet and a heavier winter duvet to keep them at an optimal temperature all year round.
ClayBear has a great selection of blankets and comforters for your child’s first bed. Our blankets are perfect to snuggle while making the transition from crib to bed, with a printed minky front and a faux fur backing. Whatever your child is into we have a blanket to suit them, from our adorably wild Lion Cub Blanket to our deliciously cute Strawberry Blanket. If it’s a warm night, our Lightweight Waffle Blankets are available in four beautiful tones.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our comforters and the amazing range of patterns we have, such as our Floral Bee Comforter. A comforter is essentially a smaller version of our amazing blankets, made of the same great materials. They’re perfect for a warm night where a large blanket or duvet might be too much for your child.
What your child wears to bed will be key to how they enjoy their sleep. Children don’t love to feel trapped, so tight fabrics and clothing will not be the best idea. But also loads of loose fabric isn't the best idea either, as it is more likely to catch fire. You should be looking for items that fit between the two, tight enough but still baggy when needed.
Most children’s nightwear suitable for sleeping will be clearly labelled as such, so look out for disclaimers that declare the items are not suitable for sleeping. This means they haven't been tested properly to ensure overnight safety. You should normally be able to find this information on the label, along with other helpful information
ClayBear's range of children’s nightwear is designed to give your child the best night's sleep imaginable. Our sleepsuits are available in a range of sizes, ranging from newborn to 2 years old. Designed with comfort in mind, they are generously sized, with looser legs, arms and cuffs. The innovative two-way zip design means that you can change nappies without fully undressing your child, saving you a lot of time. Made of 100% high-quality cotton jersey, in fun designs such as Mocha Bunny and Into The Wild, they are a great choice to help your child transition to a bed.
You probably already have one of these in your home from your child’s early years, but a baby monitor can also be helpful when making the transition from crib to bed. You can use the monitor to listen or see if your child is doing well in the bed and talk to them over the microphone if necessary. This will also encourage your child to stay in bed and talk to the monitor if they have an issue, instead of them getting out of bed and walking through the house in the middle of the night to wake you.
If you’re looking for great products that will help you transition from crib to bed, take a look at the excellent section of products ClayBear Official stock. We have all you need to help your child through this step, from comfortable, reassuring blankets to comfortable, snug sleepwear. Our products are all designed with a child’s safety and wellbeing in mind, being made from soft materials that are guaranteed to give your child a good night's sleep.
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