Big kids’ bed: Tips for a smooth transition

If your little one has found a way to escape from the crib even when the mattress is in the lowest position possible, it is a good time to move from the crib to a bed.

Falling down and getting hurt is a risk that can occur once toddlers learn the tricks that allow them to climb down their crib. Now, the good news is that most children are happy to make the change to a “big kid” bed. Perhaps your little one will even agree with you that he should stay in bed all night. Nevertheless, this transition involves a big change, so reinforcing bedtime rules and routines becomes a crucial step to avoid nighttime visits.

Reinforcing the bedtime routine

  • First of all, make sure your child is not sick, does not need to use the toilet (if he is potty trained) and that you are not going through a major transition such as welcoming a new baby.
  • If you don’t have a bed just yet, don’t worry. For now, you can temporarily place the crib’s mattress on the floor.
  • Celebrate this new milestone together and praise him for growing up. If you make a big deal about this new change, the transition will be more attractive to him.
  • Continue following the same bedtime routine, ​​but do not forget to add this last step: tell your child that he should stay in bed until you come for him in the morning.
  • Once your toddler is lying down on his bed and you have completed the routine, praise him for following the instructions, give him a big kiss, a hug, and gently leave the room.
  • Don’t forget to tell your little one you’ll look out for him at night. This will give him a sense of tranquility and safety.
  • Finally, if your toddler wakes up and leaves his bed, make sure to take him right back to his bed quickly and in the most boring way possible. The first night might pose many unsolicited visits, but if you remain firm and consistent in taking him back to his room, your little one will learn to stay in bed at night.

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Conscious Parenting – Connecting With Your Child’s Abundance!

Let’s turn the mirror inward and ask ourselves, why are these reactions being triggered? Children will wake up an emotional baggage that is buried deep in our unconscious. However, we need to set them free from the burden of fixing our unresolved issues.
How do we normally define ourselves? Is it our experiences that shape who we are today and, if so, what kind of experiences? Who gives the meaning to the way we perceive love and affection? What emotions are the ones that paralyze us and how can we recover from these associations we have mentally constructed? These stories tend to go back to our childhood and our experiences. We hold on to our childhood long into adulthood and we carry this blueprint with us every day. This first blueprint runs wild inside us and becomes the way we define ourselves and, in turn, how we perceive life and others.

What if we, as parents, could transform this role into a new one, with curiosity, awareness, and a renewed commitment? Nothing can potentially transmit global consciousness as much as parenthood can. Everything we teach our children —like how to take care of themselves and others, and how they handle their emotions and think, create, innovate— all comes down to parenting. We cannot expect our children to embody this consciousness without having modeled it ourselves. Of course, parenting is not the only variable. There are many cofounding variables involved in this early influence. There is neurobiology, temperament, social pressures, poverty, education, and even culture. However, we build a nurturing relationship with them every single day. When do we hold this influencing power? Every day our kids seek comfort, every morning they wake up and come rushing looking for us —these are the moments that we have actual power over. These moments and how we react towards them end up impacting their neurobiology and psychology, transforming their emotional brain.

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Learning through imitation

Babies learn through imitation; it gives them the opportunity to practice and master new skills. They observe others doing things and then copy their actions in an attempt to do them themselves. For example, it’s how your baby knows, without you having to give him specific instructions, how to hold a toy phone up to his ear! He has learned from watching you talk on the phone!

Imitation can also be considered as a basis for the development of empathy, or having the ability to experience what someone else is feeling. In fact, an infant’s ability to imitate simple actions, like sticking out his tongue, originates from the same part of the brain that allows us to develop empathy. Recent studies have found that imitation is not only one behavioral skill, but it’s more like different ways of combining and using diverse types of knowledge, developing across the first 2 years of life (Jones, 2007). Continue reading