Sorry, but it’s true, and if it helps – it is totally normal.
Hey guys, hope you’ve all enjoyed the short work week!
It’s Friday, and everybody here in the office is longing for another long weekend and the opportunity to have a lie in! This is why we’re going to be looking at common kid’s sleeping habits and getting them out of a cot and into a bed.
I’m sure if you’re struggling with your kids current sleeping habits, or already considering changing where your little one sleeps, you’ll have already done a lot of internet searching and blog reading on the ‘right’ ways to go about it. We are loving this one though, it is honest and relatable. Susie’s blog post ‘10+ tips for moving to a big kid bed’ details the following tips with her real life experiences. If you haven’t got the time to read it right now we suggest you bookmark it for later! Alternatively, if you’ve got some free time set aside for research, check out our post about toddler beds and their benefits here.
- SET THE STAGE – GET THE TODDLER BED READY
If the title of our blog didn’t give it away for you, you’re little angel is going to tumble out of bed when you make the transition, probably more than once if we’re honest. However you can make this less scary for you as a parent by getting a toddler bed which is either close to the ground (we’ve got some great choices) or going for a toddler bed which has protective sides designed to minimise bedtime tumbles.
If you’re planning on making an extra bit of fuss about the new bed, or maybe it was a siblings bed a great way to make your little one excited about taking their big step into a big bed is with a great new duvet set.
- MOVE THE NEW BED INTO THEIR ROOM EARLY
“A few days before the big move, we put the bed into their room to get them used to it. We began identifying the bed as their bed. We read books in it, practiced NOT jumping on it, and made it a new part of life.”
- LET THE TODDLER HELP WITH THE MOVE.
- MAKE SURE THE ROOM IS “MOBILE TODDLER” READY.
You need to cleanse their bedroom of all toys which might create noises if they were to accidentally set them off when (yes, they will get out of bed when they’re meant to be sleeping) they get out of bed and any, it’s also important to move out any toys which your tot can not yet handle by themselves. Also, set some time aside to give the room a thorough baby-proofing.
- CHILD PROOF THE DOOR.
Now, this point is an interesting one. Everyone has heard and seen many different approaches to how to tackle kids getting out of bed and wandering around when they are supposed to be sleeping, you just need to watch Super Nanny. For any parent who appreciates the importance of a routine Susie’s advice is a great step towards creating a great bedtime and morning regime.
- START THE TRANSITION WITH NAP TIME.
- DON’T CAVE. LET THEM WORK IT OUT.
You’ve got to be pretty relaxed to really take this tip on board. Kids are always going to push boundaries – how else do we learn? – you need to be able to judge how far to let your little ones go. After you’ve endured the task of baby-proofing the room it shouldn’t be too stressful to let them skip a nap or two whilst they test out their new found freedom.
- START BEDTIME EARLIER.
“They are going to play in their room. But like every other phase, they will grow out of it. Took my son about a month to stop partying. Took my daughter three days. Every kid is different.”
- THEY WILL ROLL OUT OF BED. THEY MIGHT SLEEP ON THE FLOOR. IT’S OK.
What did we tell you? They are going to take a tumble. It is just something you have to accept we’re afraid. Whether you leave them sleeping soundly on the floor or risk the wrath of a woken child by trying to move them is your judgement call however.
Don’t rush in to get them in the morning.
Night lights are great for some kids, not for others.
If you have an early-waker, try a toddler alarm clock.
After those tips she’s made the ordeal sound so easy! Plus, to make it even easier on not only your mental state but the state of your bank balance we at Price Right Home are currently having a sale on our toddler beds – well worth a look!
The flip side of this step in your child’s development may in fact lead to other problems with their sleeping patterns. You have just provided an early bird with the freedom to get out of their bed. As Susie has suggested you could invest in a toddler alarm clock which lets them know when it’s acceptable for them to get out of bed, alternatively take a read of this blog post about resetting your kid’s internal clock.
With that we wish you good luck!
Have a fab weekend!