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Day: September 4, 2017

MOVING A TODDLER FROM A COT TO A BED

MOVING A TODDLER FROM A COT TO A BED

You can help your child make the transition from sleeping in a cot to a bed when you and your child are ready. You will find this transition is the easiest to manage after your child is 3 years of age. However, all children are different and there may be reasons present that require this transition to occur at an earlier age.

Safety is always the most important consideration as to whether your child should make the transition. If your little one is climbing out of the cot or is too big for the cot then for safety reasons, you should move them into their bed. However, if your toddler is climbing out of their cot but you don’t feel they are ready to make the transition then a portacot is a good option to try. Generally, the sides of a portacot are more difficult to climb out of so it’s worth a try in using it as a replacement until your child is ready to make the transition.

Actually making the transition from the cot to the bed is a big event in a little child’s life. They have gone from the safety of 4 sides around them and being contained in a little space to having nothing keeping them in. In the toddler years it’s normal that they want to explore and use their imaginations. This means it can bring a whole new level of stress to parents who can’t keep their little one in their bed.

Here are some tips from experienced parents, on how to help your child with the transition from cot to bed:

  • Preparation;

    Talk to your child about the change that is soon coming. If possible, put the bed into the child’s room before making the transition so they can get used to it being there. Some parents even like to use the bed for daytime naps only for a little while to get their child used to the change before making the transition for night time too.

  • Involvement;

    Children want to be a part of everything and transitioning from cot to bed is no different. Get your little one involved in the transition process by letting them choose a new doona cover or something similar.

  • Routine;

    Having a positive bedtime routine in place is vital to making the transition a smooth one. Parents should keep the bedtime routine the same as it was to when the child was in the cot. And, keep it consistent! Children strive off routine but it needs to be the same every night.

  • Rewards;

    There’s nothing wrong with rewarding a child who does the right thing and stays in bed throughout the night. Parents can use a sticker reward chart or something similar to reward their child for when they do the right thing.

  • Sleep Training Clock;

    Toddler sleep training clocks are a great tool for teaching children when it’s time for sleep and when they are allowed to get out of bed in the morning. Children associate night time with sleep, but during periods of daylight savings it can get confusing for little ones in understanding that it’s bedtime while still light outside. The best sleep training clock on the market is the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock. It has more features than any other clock on the market. The clock not only teaches children when it’s time for bed and when to stay in bed but it also gets them excited about going to bed and involved in the bedtime process.

For more information about the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock head to www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-clock/

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