As soon as baby girl gets here, we will be transitioning Grayson to his toddler bed. I wanted to share what we have used to get ready for the transition.
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Set the stage and get the toddler bed ready.
As Busy Toddler suggest, we let Grayson help with the move by allowing him to be apart of the building.
To deck out this beautiful bed, we topped it with bedding from Beddy’s Bed. My husband and I also use bedding from them and knew Gray would love it as well.
The bedding is all one piece and it ZIPS together, making it easy for toddlers to make on their own bed.
The inside has a minky fabric that is incredibly soft and the print is so cute. I chose a gender neutral print, because I plan to use it for my daughter as well.
The next step will be to make sure the room is “mobile toddler” ready. We still need to secure the play kitchen and bookshelf to the wall. Another tip would be making sure all toys can be used without close supervision.
Child proof the door. We did this by using a Regalo baby gate. This one is extra tall, so it is perfect!
Start the transition with nap time. I think the hardest part with this will be avoiding the urge to play.
Don’t cave. Let them work it out. The Busy Toddler states, “Let them explore. Let them figure out what to do with the freedom. Let them get the lay of the land. Odds are, they will fall asleep…eventually.”
Start bedtime earlier. This accounts for if they want to play a little before falling asleep. The hope is that eventually they will know the routine and won’t need to have a bedtime party before they fall asleep.
They may roll or fall out of bed. It’s going to be ok! Luckily this bed has side rails that can be attached, but I’m sure he will still make his way onto the floor.
The Busy Toddler also suggest to “avoid rushing in to get them in the morning. If you feel comfortable with it, let them learn to play a little and be content. It helps build strong independent play skills and self-entertaining skills.”
- Having a baby monitor can be helpful during this transition. We use the Lollipop Baby Cam. It connects to my phone and I can even make sure he is sound asleep if we have a sitter.
- Try not to get in the habit of falling asleep in their room with them. They need to get use to the independence.
- We also use a sound machine for Grayson, so bringing this into his new room will help with the transition. This one is portable and we love it.