For the love of all things sleep. Why did my toddler decide that climbing out of the crib was a good idea? Your toddler too?! I can’t help but wonder… Are they protesting sleep? Stalling? Or perhaps curious of the world outside of the crib? It’s not only frustrating, but I think we can all agree that it’s dangerous for our children too.
So is it time for a toddler bed? Not so fast!
Many times we think that the best thing to do is to transition our child to a toddler bed or big kid bed. Let’s think before we leap with this transition. Are they ready for that type of freedom? Here’s a few questions to consider:
Is she safe if she leaves room and wanders the house?
Can he follow simple sleep rules?
Is she sleeping through the night and taking great naps?
Is she getting the amount of sleep that she needs?
If you answered “NO” to any of these questions, they may not be ready for the big kid bed. Ideally, you want to wait until your child is 2.5 – 3, or even a bit older to make this transition. Heck, if you can, wait until your kiddo asks for the big kid bed! This way you know that they want it and they are ready. They will also at this age be able to talk about sleep rules and be able to follow through with them.
This crib climbing adventure, usually starts way before our kids are ready for a big kid bed. So how can you stop it?