So, you've decided it's time to move your baby who is no longer a teeny little baby but a toddler who likes to climbs out of their cot at night (or your bed) into their own bed for the first time. But you're not sure how to do it without causing too much disruption to their sleeping pattern especially if they are sleeping through the night.
1. Before you move your toddler into their own bed it's probably a good idea to make sure they have a proper bedtime routine in place. Follow that exact routine when they go into their new bed.
2. For about a week before the transition speak with your toddler about getting a 'big bed' and keep reminding them that they will be having a new bed later in week as they are older. You could even let your child go with you to choose a bed.
3. If you can place the toddler bed where their cot was, it's good for them to recognise familiar surroundings and that way they don't feel like they're somewhere else. If they sleep with a blanket or favourite toy ensure that they are when you decide on the move.
4. If your toddler has a hard time falling asleep, perhaps they are over-tired. You could move their bed time earlier slightly. An earlier bedtime usually solves this problem.
5. Make their bed cosy by snuggling them up with lots of cuddly animals, perhaps let them choose a duvet cover and don't forget bed rail too. By making their bed nice and cosy they will fill more secure and less likely to get out of bed. These fairy lights from Brightlightz would be perfect for above the bed to make the room more cosy at night.
Don't forget every child is different, some may adjust to the change easier than others. It just takes time and patience. You may be lucky and your toddler will sleep though the first night but if not, don't stress and try again the following night.
Have you recently made the move, do you have any advice to share with others?