Here are 5 key tips to make the journey from crib to big-kid bed a walk in the park.
Age is just a number, so ditch the pressure to transition at 18 months or 3 years old. Instead, look for signs of readiness like climbing out of the crib or expressing interest in a big-kid bed.
Let your child pick out their new bed or decorate it with bedding and pillows that reflect their personality. This sense of ownership will make them more excited about sleeping in their new digs.
A consistent bedtime routine helps little ones feel secure and ready for sleep. Include bath time, story time, quiet cuddles, and maybe even a special song or lullaby.
Expect a few bumps in the road, especially at first. Don't panic if your little one comes wandering back to your room.
Big or small, celebrate every victory! Did your child stay in their bed all night? Did they wake up happily in their new space? A little positive reinforcement goes a long way in solidifying this new step in their independence.