As a busy mom of four one thing that I relish is sleeping!! My oldest (who is now 8) was a terrible sleeper! I don’t think he slept through the night until he was 5 or older. My oldest daughter (who is now 5) slept great until she was 2 and then woke up multiple times per night until she was 4. To say we felt exhausted constantly is an understatement. Now with four kids we joke we may never sleep again.
My philosophy as a parent is to basically do whatever it takes so that we can all get sleep. I’ve shared some of our favorite sleep tips before because sleep is so important to me. When we don’t sleep, I am such an evil mom. I am cranky, impatient, and unkind and the kids are too.
Over the years as we have tried a lot of different things and failed at many of them, we are starting to figure a few things out with regards to kids and sleep. This week we are transitioning our third child from his crib into a bed. Today I’m going to share some of the things we do to help create a smooth transition from crib to bed.
Here are our top 10 tips for making the transition into a bed smooth for little ones:
1. Wait to make the transition until your child is ready!
2. Talk about the transition to a bed a lot!
With my daughter her transition was super quick and out of necessity because she was being unsafe. With my 3-year-old son we have been talking about moving into a big kid bed for several weeks. We’ve talked about where it would go, what he could bring into bed, and how cozy it will be.
3. Utilize big siblings or older friends to help your child get excited about his new bed.
4. Create a super cozy space for your child.
One of our biggest mistakes with my daughter was going from a crib to a toddler bed and not really thinking much about the cozy factor. The toddler bed used a crib mattress that was super firm. The bed was small and pretty uncomfortable. Although we got her some blankets and pillows, we didn’t think about how this hard bed would impact my daughter’s sleep.
After a few months of no sleep and finding my daughter sleeping against her door on the floor we decided to invest in a bigger cozier bed. We ended up buying her a queen mattress with a soft pillow top. We figured that if we were going to have to stay nearby to help her sleep we might as well make ourselves comfortable too. We got her a big down comforter and several cozy pillows. We also got her some new fun bedding that she LOVED.
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