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.