Guest Post – Transitions From Crib to Toddler Bed


Let me start off by saying for us it was not easy. I have friends that said there kids just magically took to their new “big” bed. Mine however did not.

She liked the freedom of being able to get out and that’s was our problem as well. She could get up and down whenever she pleased, and she pleased fairly often the first week.

Night 1:
Little S spoiled us. She went to bed Easy this night and slept through the night. Woke up later than usual too. We thought this was going to be super easy.

Night 2:
Things started getting worse this night. She kept getting out of her bed to play. She wanted to run around and explore as soon as we left the room. No crying out method this night. About midnight, she woke up and walked to our room, and she was up for about an hour.

Night 3:
Little S decided that she needed to get up and play, a lot. She also learned to stack this night. So I guess that is a win. She got up in the middle of the night again..

Night 4:
By night 4 she started to settle in the bed. She would get up and come to our bed and wake us up pretty early this day. But it was better than being awake like a newborn.

Night 5:
The bed transition was a success. She was back to normal and sleeping like before, but now she was in her big girl bed!


Transiting from the Crib to a toddler bed has its ups and downs, for the kid and the parents.


Here are 3 tips to help make the transition a little smoother.


  1. Make sure the child is ready.

Your child should be ready to transition.  How do you know?  Well, we knew when Little S could crawl out of her crib.  At the risk of her smashing her face on the concrete we decided it was very much time.  Also, look for clues with your child: can they walk? Do they know how to get to your room?  These are important.  They child that can do these two things means they are probably going to get out of bed and come to you instead of roaming their rooms.


  1. Make Sure the Furniture is secure/

I’m sure all of you have heard the horror stories of the dressers falling on the toddler.  Toddlers will get out of the crib and wander around sometimes. So Make sure your Toddler’s furniture is secure.  They have furniture straps for this purpose! This will keep your little one safe and give you a peace of mind.


  1. Get Your Child Involved.

We let little S be involved with the putting up of her new bed.  She was thrilled about being able to get in her bed when she wanted too.


Shannon is the author at Your Honor, Mommy Objects.  She is a full time criminal attorney and a mom to two children.  Her blog revolves around the things Working Moms face everyday!

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