We had a big milestone around here the past few weeks. Liam has moved from his crib into a big kid bed! We knew that we were planning on moving him around August so that he would have time to adjust before school started and before baby sister arrives in November. I am sharing a few tips to transition your baby into a big kid bed so that you feel confident when the time comes. We honestly though had no idea what we were doing and all of these tips are things we tried that worked. I will also share what did not work.
Tips To Transition Your Baby Into A Big Kid Bed
Decide what size bed: So we honestly always thought we would have Liam in a queen bed. We had a queen bed that was in our guest room and we never really used it and figured we already have this bed so why buy another? Well we quickly realized that would be way too much bed for him. It was also very high off the ground. We decided a twin bed made way more sense and also in our new house his room is a little smaller. A queen bed wouldn’t have given any room for other items. We found a super cute bed frame from Walmart of all places and ordered a mattress from my cousin who works for Mattress Firm.
Let them be involved in picking out bedding: One of the biggest tips people gave us was to have him involved. Liam loves construction sets and dinosaurs so we picked out sheets with both on them and let him decide which would go on first. He chose dinosaurs. We also let him decide what else would go on his bed as far as loveys and pillows.
Have a transition buddy: This was an idea from my awesome sister-in law! I will say this didn’t work great for us as Liam only wanted things he was already attached to. For this you just kind of have to feel your kiddo out.
Have a reward in place: We didn’t start with a reward but decided to utilize a sticker chart for naps. We got this one on Amazon and every time Liam stays in his bed until his Hatch OK to wake light turns green he gets a star. After 5 stars he got a treat. It was a toy fire truck.
Read books: We got a few books about big boy beds and red them leading up to the move and for about a week after! Liam loves Elmo so I think for him seeing that Elmo slept in a big boy bed made him want to.
Talk it up: We talked about his bed for weeks! He watched Andrew put his bed together and was so excited. In fact the day we moved him we hadn’t prepared to that day but he saw it put together and wanted to sleep in it since we had been talking about it. I think the more you talk up a big transition the better they go.
Keep expectations low: This is just my toddler motto. For any big thing I just keep my expectations low. The first night Liam did awesome. The second night he cried. The third night he did great. The first nap he didn’t sleep and kept getting out. The adjustment period was quick but it was still frustrating at times so I am glad my expectations were low.
I would not say I am an expert on this transition to a big kid bed, but I do feel like I know what worked great for us. I hope these tips help you too, and I’d love to hear if you have any other tips to add!