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Kids Bedroom, News, Tips & tricks
Tips on how to make the big move
If you’re child is no longer a tiny baby, but a fully-fledged toddler, you might be thinking about the ‘big move’. There are many reasons to start thinking about moving your child from cot to big bed, which could include:
While moving a toddler from a cot is a fantastic milestone, it can also bring a whole new set of challenges for parents. Firstly, it means your toddler can get up whenever they want, at any time they want. This could be at 2am or five minutes after you’ve left the room! Before you start the big move, read our 5 tips below, to help make it a successful move.
Once they’re in a big bed, toddlers can move around their bedroom so it needs to be safe. Make sure windows are locked and curtain or blind cords are out of reach. Check that electrical heaters and appliances have child-safety locks or remove them from the room. If you live in a two-story home, make sure you have child-safety guards fitted to the stairway. Alternatively, attach a child-safety guard to your child’s door, so they can’t get out unless you help them.
If you’re moving your toddler to a big kid’s bed because a baby brother or sister is on the way, make the move a few months before the baby is due. As you probably know, when a new baby arrives so does chaos. Moving your toddler while your home is relatively calm means you can focus on the move, without worrying about a new baby, night feeds and even less sleep! Of course, if your toddler is still quite small when the baby is due, (under 2 years old) you can always invest in a second cot and move your toddler when they’re a bit older.
Involve your toddler as much as you can in the move. Take them to Snooze so they can help pick out a kids bed, like the Polo Bed Frame with Full Panel Heabord, and single mattress. If you’re not sure what mattress your child needs, read our Mattress Buying Guide or talk to our sales people in store.
Let your toddler pick out the sheets and quilt cover. Maybe they can choose a new big teddy to go with the new big bed! When you pack up the cot, or move it to the new nursery, let them help. It may even be a good time to redecorate or refurnish your child’s room. Make the change as exciting as possible and try and celebrate this huge occasion with a family dinner, picnic or afternoon at the movies.
If you’ve always had a good bedtime routine with your toddler, don’t change it. Consistency is key. If you’ve never had a good bedtime routine, now’s the time to start one. A warm bath, followed by mum or dad reading a book to their toddler in their new bed is a great routine. Keep the lighting the same as it was when your toddler was in their cot. This could be lights off/door open, or a nightlight in the bedroom, or a hallway light. Don’t change the routine just because you’ve changed the bed.
Your toddler will work out, very quickly, that they can get out of bed whenever they want. For some parents, this can be a trying and tiring time. Try to be patient during this time – remember, it won’t last forever! Take them back to their bed and tuck them in again. You may need do to this a few times, for a few nights before your toddler settles in2. Praise them for being amazing and remind them that they’re a ‘big kid’ now so they need to sleep in a big bed. You can also start up a ‘Star Chart’. Each night your toddler stays in their bed they receive a star, and after ten nights they receive a reward.
If you have ongoing problems with your toddler staying in their big bed, we suggest you talk with a Sleep Expert or your Maternal and Child Health Nurse. If you’d like to discuss your child’s mattress or pillow needs, or you’d like to see our range of kids beds, like the Paris Sleigh bed, visit your local Snooze store and talk with our sales people. It’s amazing what a little Snooze can do.
1 Raising Children Network
2 Better Health Channel
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