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Keep the crib – or not?
There's no optimal time to move your child to a big-kid bed. Some families need to make the switch to free up the crib for a younger sibling. (If that's your situation, start the process several months before your due date so your toddler doesn't associate the arrival of his sibling with being kicked out of his bed.) Others stick with the crib until their child is 3 or so.
Don't be too quick to make the move if you can avoid it. Keep in mind that your child who slept so well in his crib is likely to start waking you up again. And once your child is in a bed, he can get up whenever he likes during the night. That's why many experienced parents advise keeping a child in a crib for as long as possible.
When you have a tiny escapee on your hands, you also have a safety problem to deal with. So make sure his room is safe and toddler-proof the rest of the house. You may want to consider installing a doorknob cover so he can't leave the bedroom or putting a safety gate at the bedroom door.
Among your choices for sleeping arrangements:
- Have your child sleep on the crib mattress on the floor. This way your child won't fall and get hurt.
- Move your child to a toddler bed. It's smaller than a twin and low to the floor. If you have a crib-to-toddler convertible, just lower the mattress and remove a side rail.
- Move your child to a regular bed. You can replace the crib with the bed, along with a bed rail if you're worried that your child will fall out. Or ease the transition by placing a twin mattress on the floor and adding the frame later. This option may be good for "active" sleepers (squirmers and thrashers) or taller children who find toddler beds uncomfortable.
Here's my advice for traveling with a toddler: Stickers, stickers, stickers! We took a 1,000-pack of stickers and some paper to stick them on with us on vacation last summer. They kept our 1-year-old busy on the airplane, in the car, and at restaurants. On the flight home, when another toddler started crying a couple of rows behind us, we passed a page of stickers back to him. Within minutes he was quiet and we never heard another peep!
Your toddler in tow
- Avoid public tantrums by keeping your outings low-key. Don't try to squeeze too many errands into a single trip with your toddler, especially as nap time or mealtime approaches.
- If you're someplace that's filled with stimulation and temptations, such as a store, keep your visit short. Dash in and out – don't meander through the mall. If your child does throw a tantrum and it's impractical (or too stressful) to wait it out, scoop him up and head for the car.
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