There is no specific time when you must replace your child’s crib with a regular or toddler bed, although most children make the switch between ages 1 ½ and 3 ½. To ensure a smooth transition, we’ve prepared a list of the 3 most important things to do when moving your child from a crib to a big kid bed.
- Sell the “Big Kid Bed” Idea
Plan a special family trip to the “big kid bed” store. Similar to choosing a potty for toilet training, kids are more likely to sleep in a bed they picked out. Don’t pressure your child to sleep in her new bed. Instead, read stories in her new bed while she puts her favorite stuffed animal to sleep. Try napping in her new bed as well. Help your child get to know this new bed as a safe and comfy place to sleep. Focus on the idea that your child is gaining her own place to sleep.
Some QuickZip parents opt to teach their children how to change their own sheets. Tell your child she is now allowed to do big kid chores. Once you have installed QuickZip’s base sheet, the base will remain snug around the sides of the mattress and NEVER need to be removed. (but can be easily removed and replaced for occasional cleaning) Your child can then zip the zip-on sheet on and off for easy changing. What’s more, the zipper and attached zipper pull with loop makes it easy for your child to zip her sheet on and off in seconds.
- Continue Your Usual Bedtime Routine for a While
Just because you buy your child a big kid bed, doesn’t mean she is going to happily fall asleep by herself. If your toddler has any nighttime separation anxiety, you may need to lie on the bed with her until she falls asleep. Or if she has a bunk bed you may have to sleep on her other bunk bed for a couple nights until she is able to fall asleep on his own.
Try the “Fade Away” Strategy
Once your child has acclimated to sleeping in her own bed with you there, you can work on helping her go to sleep without you there. Dr. William Sears, an American Pediatrician and the author of more than 30 parenting books, calls this the “Fade Away” strategy. The “Fade Away” strategy can be executed as slowly or quickly as you feel is best for your child. Ideas for using the “Fade Away” Strategy:
- Lie in bed with your child until she falls asleep; or if your child has a bunk bed, lie in her other bunk bed until she falls asleep. Do not leave until your child is completely asleep. If you try to sneak away early, she may realize you are not falling asleep with her and she may become stressed.
- Gradually dim the lights while sitting next to your child’s bed. Once your child is accustomed to falling asleep with you sitting or lying beside her, you can gradually begin moving yourself away at increasing distances each night.
- If your child doesn’t want you to leave the room, make any excuse to leave the room for a couple minutes. Over the next couple weeks, gradually increase the time you step out of the room. Your child will eventually fall asleep by herself.
When you’re ready to move your child from a crib to a big kid bed, Quick Zip Sheet has everything you need. The QuickZip Sheet’s Twin Collection is made of 200 count, 100% cotton. What’s more, you can opt for a fleece zip on sheet to keep your child extra cozy. The Twin Collection also features the zipper pull that tucks away for great function and a beautiful finish. And speaking of bunk beds - No more teetering at the top of your child’s bunk bed - Changing the sheets on bunk beds is easier and safer than ever before. Once Quick Zip’s wraparound base is installed, it will remain snug around the sides of the mattress and NEVER need to be removed. The zip-on sheet then zips on and off bunk beds in seconds.
Changing your child’s sheets has never been easier.
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